Isaiah Harris
Priscilla Boswell


From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties - 1890

Isaiah Harris, a leading businessman of Milton and the President of the Milton District Fair, has carried on the grocery
business at this place since 1872, a longer continuous period that any other engaged in that line in the city. The life record
of Mr. Harris is as follows: He was born in Preble County, Ohio, March 29, 1844, and when a lad of seven years in
1851, accompanied his parents to Iowa, where he was reared to manhood on a farm and received a common school
education. When only seventeen years of age he responded to his country’s call for troops and on October 9, 1861,
enlisted as a member of Company D, Third Iowa Cavalry, being mustered out October 9, 1865, after four years of
active service. During that time he was three times wounded, first on March 7, 1862, at Pea Ridge, where he received a
gunshot wound; again in Benton Arkansas in November 1863, he sustained a gunshot in the left hand and a third time in
the fall of 1864 at the battle of Big Blue. Mr. Harris participated in the capture of Vicksburg, was in the two battles of
Jackson Mississippi, and in the engagement at Pea Ridge, Guntown, Tupelo Mississippi and Columbus Georgia under
Wilson. He was made Orderly to General A.J. Smith, and was appointed Quartermaster of his regiment, about three
weeks before the battle of Tupelo, and later had charge of about sixty men guarding the division supple store.
On his return from the war, Mr. Harris engaged in farming in Davis County Iowa, six miles west of Milton, where he
continued operations until 1872, when he removed to the city and embarked in the grocery business as before stated.
Eighteen years has he continued in that line of trade, and the large patronage, which he has received, has made him one
of the substantial citizens of the place.
On December 13, 1866, in Pulaski Iowa Mr. Harris led to the marriage alter Miss Leah Stover, a native of Smithfield
Ohio, and a daughter of Jacob Stover. Two children were born of their union but both died in infancy. This worthy
couple is members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of West Union, and in the social world are held in high regard. In
politics, Mr. Harris is a Democrat but has never sought official distinction. He was on of the organizers of the Milton
District Agricultural Society in 1881, held the office of President for three years and is its largest stockholder. His
enthusiasm and energy in support of the enterprise has done much to insure its success. Socially, he is a Master Mason,
holding membership in Aurora Lodge No. 50, A.F. & A.M. of Milton. Mr. Harris is a man of superior business and
executive ability and is recognized as an enterprising, energetic and successful businessman, whose integrity is
unquestioned and whose judgment is always respected.