William Lester Harris

Male19 August 1908–19 January 1995

Brief Life History of William Lester

When William Lester Harris was born on 19 August 1908, in El Dorado, Union, Arkansas, United States, his father, James Pleasant Harris, was 25 and his mother, Ida E. Pyles, was 20. He married Ola Frances Cary on 9 October 1926, in Columbia, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in El Dorado Township, Union, Arkansas, United States for about 5 years. He died on 19 January 1995, in Union, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Harris Cemetery, El Dorado, Union, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Lester Harris
Ola Frances Cary
Marriage: 9 October 1926
Kenneth Lavelle Harris
Jimmy Dean Harris

Sources (9)

  • Lester Harris, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Lester Harris, "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957"
  • William Lester Harris, "Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 October 1926Columbia, Arkansas, United States
  • Children (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1909 · The NAACP is formed

    Age 1

    Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

    1922 · The First Radio Station WOK Begins Broadcasting

    Age 14

    In 1922, Harvey C. Couch Sr. started WOK the first radio station in Arkansas. After a trip to Pittsburgh and the KDKA radio he came up with the idea for Workers of Killowatts (WOK). WOK had no commercials which was nice for the listeners.


    Age 23

    The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

    Name Meaning

    English (southern England and south Wales): from the personal name Harry + genitival -s. This surname is also established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. However, in some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, Harris can be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

    American shortened and altered form of Greek surnames begining with Cha(r)-, such as Chasandrinos (variant of Kassandrinos, a habitational name from the Kassandra peninsula of Chalkidiki), and various patronymics from the personal name Charalampos (see Charos ). In North America, the surname Harris may possibly also originate from a transferred use of the Greek personal (given) name Charis or Harris (shortened forms of Charalampos) as a surname (i.e. as a replacement of the original surname).

    Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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