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Charles L. Harry (1855-?)
Electrical engineer born in Seneca Co., Ohio, erected electric works in Bay City and other cities.

1898 biography. Added Sept., 2010.

Biographical & Genealogical History of Cass, Miami and Tipton Counties, Indiana, Vol 1, 1898


Charles L. Harry, superintendent of the Citizens' Light & Power Company, of Kokomo, and also the Kokomo City Railway Company, is representative of the modern era of invention, enterprise and prosperity.

Mr. Harry was born in Seneca county, Ohio, January 7, 1855, a son of Baldwin W. and Sarah H. (Lawrence) Harry, who also were natives of the Buckeye state. They had three sons and one daughter, namely: Charles L., of Kokomo; William H., of Shiawassee county, Michigan; Frank C., of East Saginaw, Michigan; and Della A., wife of Thomas Smeeth, of Bay City, same state.

Mr. Baldwin W. Harry by trade was a millwright, contractor and builder, and his is still living, in Hancock county, Ohio. The major part of his life has been passed in, and in the vicinity of, Seneca county, that state. His wife, who was an illustrious member of the Christian (Disciples') church, departed this life about the year 1889. Mr. Harry's grandfather on his father's side was a native of Pennsylvania, of German descent, and a physician, practicing the most of his life in Ohio, had three sons and three daughters, and died in middle life, in Hancock county, Ohio. L. C. Lawrence, Mr. Harry's maternal grandfather, was also a native of Pennsylvania, emigrated to Ohio, and conducted an extensive buggy trade in Fostoria for a number of years; then removed to Flat Rock, Michigan, where he resided the remainder of his life, passing away at the advanced age of ninety years. He was a very energetic man, made considerable money, was patriotic and a fine Christian gentlemen, belonging to the Methodist Episcopal church, of which body his wife also was an exemplary member. They had eleven children.

Mr. Charles L. Harry, whose name introduces this sketch, passed his youth in Wood county, Ohio, in a small village called Portage, in the Black Swamp, most of the time until he had reached the age of eighteen years. After attaining his elementary education at Portage, he went to Bay City, Michigan, where he engaged in sawmill engineering and steamboating for a number of years. At length he drifted from those occupations into electrical engineering and the electric-light business, being several years with the Swift Electric Light Company, of Bay City and Saginaw, Michigan, three years of that time as engineer and the remaining time acting as superintendent for the company. He also was on the road selling machinery, erecting electric-light works at Menasha, Wisconsin, and Fremont, Ohio, and changed the horse-car lines at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to electric. Then returning to Bay City, Michigan, he put in an electric line, both in Bay City and West Bay City, and was there about four years.

On the 10th of September, 1896, he arrived in Kokomo to take charge as superintendent of the Citizen's Light and Power Company and the Kokomo City Railway, and this position, for which he is so well fitted by many years' experience and by inherited capacity and a system of honest principles, he now fills, to the satisfaction of the Kokomo public.

On the 5 day of July, 1877, he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Miss Clara J. Affleck, a daughter of John and Hattie (Coomer) Affleck, and they have had two children, -- a son and a daughter, -- Merrill L. and Forence J.; the latter died at the age of five years, inflicting a spiritual loss upon her parents than can never be mitigated. Mr. and Mrs. Harry are members of the Westminster Presbyterian church of Bay City, Michigan, and they have a fine home in West Bay City, as well as one in Kokomo, at 202 East Sycamore street. They are zealous members of the Order of the Eastern Star, while Mr. Harry is an appreciative member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the Order of Odd Fellows, the Ancient Order of the United Workmen, the Modern Woodmen of America and the American Association of Stationary Engineers. In his political principles he is a Republican. In West Bay City, Michigan, he was a member of the board of education there and also of the water-works board.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Harry, Charles b. 1855, Ohio
  • Clara, wife b. 1858, Mich.
  • Moses C., son b. 1878, Mich.

    1880 Michigan Births: Bay City.

  • Harry, Florence born Aug. 3, 1880, parents Charles & Clara Harry.

    1883 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Smeeth, Thomas turner Michigan Pipe Co., res 119 Hart.
  • The Swift Electric Light Company Capital $300, 000. Works, southwest corner 9th and Saginaw. General offices, East Saginaw, Mich. B. F. Orton, Secretary; O. H. Skinner, Superintendent, Bay City.

    1929 Illinois Deaths: Decatur, Macon.

  • Harry, Mirril L born Jun. 8, 1878, Bay City, Mich., died Oct. 11, 1929. Spouse Mildred Harry. Parents Charles Harry & Clara Affleck.
Related Pages/Notes

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People Referenced
Affleck, Clara J. (wife)
Afflect, John
Coomer, Hattie
Harry, Baldwin W. (father)
Harry, Charles L (subject)
Harry, Della A. (sis)
Harry, Florence J. (dau)
Harry, Frank (bro)
Harry, Merrill L. (son)
Harry, Mildred Mrs.
Harry, William (bro)
Lawrence, L.C. (g-father)
Lawrence, Sarah H. (mother)
Orton, B.F.
Skinner, O.H.
Smeeth, Thomas
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Christian disciples
Citizens Light & Power
East Saginaw, MI
Eau Claire, WI
Flat Rock, MI
Fostoria, OH
Fremont, OH
Hancock Co., OH
Kokomo, IN
Kokomo City Railway Co.
Menasha, WI
Methodist Episcopal
Michigan Pipe Co.
Portage, OH
Seneca Co., OH
Shiawassee Co., MI
Swift Electric Light Co.
West Bay City, MI
Westminster Presbyterian
Wood Co., OH
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