Funeral Services











November 20, 1936









Funeral Services for Nathan John Harris, Sr. held at the Ogden 20th Ward Chapel, Friday, November 20, 1936, at 2:00 p.m., Henry Noorda, 1st Counselor, presiding and conducting.


Prayer at the Home:  H. H. Goddard   1:30 p.m.


No announcements until after the prayer.


Prelude:  "Oh My Father"--Doris Fetscher, violin and Arvilla Arrowsmith, piano.


Solo:  "Farewell All Earthly Honors"--Nephi J. Brown.

       (a request number)


Invocation:  John M. D. Taylor.


Remarks:  (Few Expressions and Announcements) Henry Noorda.


Duet:  "Come Unto Me and Rest"--Douglas and Annie Brian.


Remarks:  Bishop Richard D. Brown of Harrisville.

          David J. Wilson, Attorney.


Solo:  "The Christian's Goodnight"--Addie Pulsipher.


Remarks:  J. Howard Jenkins.

          President Thomas E. McKay.


Solo:  "Goin' Home"--Annie Brian.


Benediction:  Albert W. Bell.


Postlude:  Arvilla Arrowsmith, piano and Addie Pulsipher, organ.



Prayer at the Grave:  Leander Harris.


Pallbearers:  High Priests

              Jens Anderson       Alexander Hoggan

              C. A. Manning        H. R. Pulsipher

              A. W. Phipps         Charles E. Condie


Flowers cared for by the Relief Society.


Stenographers:  Echo Denning.

                Elaine Edson.


Piano and Violin Prelude--Arvilla Arrowsmith and Doris Fetscher.


Vocal Solo--Nephi J. Brown, accompanied by Arvilla Arrowsmith.


Prayer--John M. D. Taylor


     Our Father who art in Heaven, we come before thee this day to pay our last and final respects to our friend and brother, Nathan J. Harris.  And we pray thee that while we are thus convened that the peaceful influence of thy Holy Spirit may be with us that each and every one may enjoy that spirit that emanates from the soul of him, and that we may realize our positions before thee and we ask thee to bless the family of Brother Harris, especially his wife who is bereaved of her husband that she may be blessed in deed by the influence of thy Holy Spirit with a testimony unto her heart that the time of summons had come for a separation for a short time here upon the earth and that they may acknowledge thy hand in all things and that they may enjoy thy Holy Spirit and may enjoy the testimony of the everlasting Gospel that they may testify to thee unto the last moment of their lives.  It is a mark to follow in his footsteps and likeness here upon the earth.  That they too may have the testimony burning in their breasts of the everlasting truth of the Gospel and they may have that spirit to lead and direct them here upon the earth.


     We pray for each and every one of his family and all that are present that those that may be called may enjoy the same blessings that others enjoy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that everything may be done for the benefit and good of those that are bereaved anywhere and everywhere and especially this family this day.  We call down thy blessings upon them that they may not cause to think that they are bereaved but for a short time while he is fulfilling a mission outlined years ago, filling a mission that he was not able to fill here and grant that this mission may be fulfilled and that his family may appreciate him and be impressed both here and hereafter, that he may enjoy the blessings that are in store for those who seek after righteousness.


     Bless everyone of the speakers and singers and those who are called upon to pray.  May their words of comfort and blessing reach into the hearts of each and everyone here today, are the blessings we humbly ask for in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Remarks--Henry Noorda


     My dear brothers and sisters, we have met this afternoon to pay our respects to our departed brother, Nathan J. Harris, Sr. and in behalf of the Bishopric of this Ward I wish at this time to state that we fully appreciated the labors of Brother Harris in being a High Priest, and in Sunday School and for many years has done splendid work as a teacher in the teachers training class.  It was while in that class that I learned to appreciate his value as a good teacher.  He did splendid work while he served as Superintendent of the Sunday School.  In behalf of the Bishopric we wish the family to know that we appreciate his labors very much.


     The program has been arranged by the family and will be carried out as announced.


Duet--Douglas and Annie Brian.


Remarks--Bishop Richard D. Brown of Harrisville


     Three years after the pioneers reached the rocky mountains in the Salt Lake Valley, a man by the name of Urban [Stuart/Stewart] journeyed north as far as the four-mile creek now in Harrisville, planted his field of grain where the old meeting house now stands and settled there in a small log cabin that he built.  That fall he had some trouble with animals coming into his field of grain and one night he heard something in there.  He reached down for his rifle and fired, and on the morning after learned he had killed an Indian.  He fled from that county and was never heard from after that time.  That was the first settlement of Harrisville, north of Ogden.


     In 1851, Martin Harris journeyed north and crossed the four-mile creek.  He went a half mile west of where [Stuart] had built and plowed four acres of ground.  I like to read his diary of those days because he was a wonderful pioneer.  He was very careful of using the very best of paper and ink.  From that diary I learned that he planted four acres in grain.  It read, "my grain was looking wonderful, wheat up four inches higher.  It is equal to any land in the whole valley."  Then the diary said this, "I am very much disappointed in returning to my field of grain to find that the beautiful soil was alkalized."  From the four acres he only harvested 8 bushels of grain from that land that year.  He went some 80 rods north and settled upon the old Harris Estate which is still owned by that family, where all of the later wives' children of Martin Harris were born.  This is still in the possession of the Harris family, Leander Harris owning it at the present time.  That same home is still standing, built in 1852.  The following year came other people to that locality.  From that little beginning the town grew and later was called the 8th District and later became the Harrisville School District and Ward with Pleasant Green Taylor as the first Bishop.  I give you this little history of the Ward because there has been no move in that Ward that the Harris family have not been included.


     Nathan J. Harris, in his early life, was one of our school teachers.  It was my privilege to attend the old doby school house, with all grades in one large room, and I think they were wonderful days.  He was a wonderful teacher and as the brother taking charge said, he is still a wonderful teacher.  In the early days he was one of our main men in our dramatic association and has played in nearly all the towns and counties in this locality.  He was a musician, mastered piano and organ, although he never took an organ lesson in his life.  He suggested to the ward that they get an organ.  And they went out and got an organ.  They got 2 or 3 acres of land, some one of the neighbors planted it in grain, some rented ground and put in potatoes and from that crop purchased the organ.  He was also chorister and held that position for many years.  He later became the Superintendent of the Sunday School and was Superintendent for many years and while in that position was called for 1st Counselor in the Bishopric of the Ward, and held both positions for some time.  He was a member of the Ward Bishopric until he moved into the city.  He moved into Ogden because of business associations and it was impossible to travel every day.


     I could stand here and tell you of instances in the life of Brother Harris that I have associated with him that would occupy all the time this afternoon.  Just a few years after the settlement of Harrisville, the Brown family, my father, met Martin Harris in the mountains when cutting logs.  He was a single young man and he invited him to come and stay with the Harris family and he later made his home with Martin Harris and with his assistance purchased a farm adjoining the Harris farm and we were raised side by side.


     I have known him all my life and I believe I know of no man that has ever lived in Harrisville that has given better service, that has done more for the ward and for its people than did Nathan Harris while he was in that ward.  He was a wonderful worker.  I am just wondering what will be his position in life hereafter.  He has rendered service which is best described in the words of the Apostle of Christ, as follows:  I open the Book of Scripture to the 20th Chapter of Revelation, 12th Verse, which reads:  "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:  and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."  I believe that is all Nathan Harris has ever ask[ed].  That he be judged according to his works.  If he has done good he will expect to receive his reward for that good.  If he has gone astray he expects to pay the penalty of it and he will stand before the judgment seat of God and I hope that when that time comes and the great master gives unto him the sentence, I hope he will give the sentence I think he deserves and he will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."


     May God bless his children.  May he bless Sister Harris in her declining years.  May she have comfort in having a man that has rendered service to God and his fellow man, that she will be upheld by her family and have everything to cheer and comfort her and may we all remember Nathan J. Harris for the good he has done here upon this earth, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Remarks--Attorney David J. Wilson


     My brothers, sisters, and friends, Nathan J. Harris has answered the final summons.  He has now answered to appear before the Supreme Tribunal of the Universe.  There he will appear before the Judge in whose decision no prejudice will enter, and whose conclusions are given only upon the basis of merit.


     I have been designated by the Bar Association to pay tribute to our colleague on behalf of that body, and to pay tribute to our calling as a lawyer.  The Bar Association of the State of Utah and of the District Court of Weber County, Utah, met today in conjoint session and the following resolutions were adopted:




          NATHAN J. HARRIS, SR., a member of the Bar Association of the State of Utah and a practicing attorney before the Courts of this State for more than forty years, died on the 19th day of November, 1936, in Ogden, Utah, after a few weeks illness.  He was born in Harrisville, Weber County, Utah, March 29, 1864, the son of Martin H. Harris, the founder of Harrisville.  On June 15, 1887, he was married to Emma E. Oakason, and by said marriage the widow and a large family of sons and daughters survive him.  He has left a splendid family, all of whom are successful citizens.


          WHEREAS, he was a man of scholarly and intellectual attainments and a graduate from the University of Deseret, and later a graduate from the Michigan School of Law in 1894, and thereafter commenced the practice of law in Weber County, Utah.  He was elected County Attorney of Weber County, Utah, and later was elected to the office of District Attorney of the Second Judicial District of the State of Utah.  In 1910 he was appointed District Judge of the said Second Judicial District by the late Governor Spry, and was in 1912 elected to the said office for a period of four years.


          THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:  that we pay our respects to Nathan J. Harris as a capable and efficient prosecutor and as a fearless, conservative and honest District Judge.  As a practicing lawyer he was faithful to his clients and untiring in his legal activities in their behalf.  With him no case was fully settled until the Supreme Court of this state had said the last word.  He was tenacious in his legal presentations of the law and his opponents fully realized that he nearly on all questions exhausted the citations involved in the case.


          To those who were unable to bear the expenses of litigation he advocated their cause, irrespective of future price or award.  In his law practice amongst other members of the Bar he was straight-forward, and sharp practice was foreign to his legal ethics.


          As a citizen, his standard was high and commendable, and at all times he was a pleasant associate and a dutiful husband and parent.  He was firm in his political opinions and with courage he espoused them.


          Remembering him as we do, the Bar Association of Weber County, Utah, fell that he has left a vacancy in our legal midst which cannot be easily supplied.  His successful career stands out as a beacon attained by hard work and close application to duty, and as the poet, Longfellow, has aptly said, the same can be truthfully said of N. J. Harris, that:


               "The heights of great men reached and kept

               Were not attained by sudden flight,

               But they, while their companions slept

               Were toiling upward in the night."


          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:  as in evidence of our regard and appreciation for our departed associate these Resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the District Court of Weber County, Utah, and that copies thereof be furnished to the press and presented to the bereaved family; that this Court stand adjourned until 10 o'clock Monday morning, November 23, 1936, as a token of remembrance to his memory.


                              (signed)     Valentine Gideon

                                        H. H. Henderson

                                        John A. Sneddon

                                        David J. Wilson






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          I, Lawrence M. Malan, County Clerk and Ex-Officio Clerk of the Second Judicial District Court of the State of Utah, in and for the County of Weber, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, true and correct copy of the original RESOLUTIONS, on the death of NATHAN J. HARRIS, SR., a member of the Bar Association of the State of Utah, as appears on file in my office in Ogden City.


          WITNESS my hand and Seal, this the 23rd day of November, 1936.


                              (signed)     Lawrence M. Malan, Clerk


District Court Second Judicial District Seal

Weber County, State of Utah



     It was my privilege to know Nathan J. Harris somewhat intimately.  Perhaps his outstanding characteristic as I knew him was courage and tenacity.  He was endowed with a tremendous amount of energy and was as clean a man as I have ever met.  He had the power to endure physical pain and the courage to go forward.  I think every attorney who practiced law in the courts of Utah have [has] found Judge Harris to be an untiring fighter.  He was a friend of the poor.  Many who were unable to pay went to Judge Harris and he gave them the very best he had whether or not they could pay him.  He followed the same case for years because he felt he had the right to win.  He was not afraid to meet the Court because he felt he was right.


     He was successful in his home life for he has a successful family.  Splendid people, good citizens, and I know of no blemishes among those children.  With all of his ambition, strong will, his courageous and fighting spirit, he had an abiding faith in God and when once he felt he was wrong he was willing to curb his will and was willing to admit his error and take what was coming to him.  He has met with disappointments in life and at all times he lived according to the dictates of God.  His head was proud but unbowed.  He has gone to his reward.  I am sure he will face an all wise and merciful providence who has a power to sift the wheat from the chaff.  He will receive his reward, based upon faithful service.  He did believe firmly in God and the ways of God.  He did believe in his fellow men.  He had weaknesses like the rest of us but he fought a good fight.  May we remember him only for the sterling fight he has made, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Solo--Addie Pulsipher, accompanied by Arvilla Arrowsmith.


Remarks--J. Howard Jenkins


     We have in our church a custom of a service at the departure of those that have rendered a service and those who are well thought of in a community.  A service such as this is given for the ones left behind and this afternoon we render our consolation and our sympathy to those who mourn.  The fact that this service is so well attended is the test of the respect this community has for Nathan J. Harris.


     I have known Brother Harris for many years, since about 1910.  I was associated with him in a Ward capacity from 1916 to 1925, and, as the previous speakers have indicated, he was a strength to the community in which he lived.  He was also this strength to the community in which he moved, the Fourth Ward, and later, in 1916, when the ward was set up high up on the hill, he became a member of the 13th Ward.  He was an active member on the building committee of the 13th Ward.  He was an active member in every capacity.  He was a member of the High Council of the Ogden Stake.  He fulfilled a service to the community and rendered valuable assistance in making this part of the town what it has now become.  We can go back to the time when his home was one of the few homes in this neighborhood.  Not many homes being farther east or north than this.  He also became acquainted with the boys and girls of his home as a neighbor and member of the ward in which he lived.


     I would like to say that Sister Harris is one of the outstanding women of this community.  I look back to the days when she and Ruth B. Evans, President of the Relief Society and Sister Harris as first counselor, trudged over all these hills from early in the morning until late at night and sometimes in the night, lending that assistance that only such women as these good women can render in the homes of the sick.  Even though she had a large family at home, she found time to devote the care that is necessary in times of illness and death.  I am pleased to see so many here as a reward for the splendid service this sister has fulfilled.  I admire her for her loyalty.  For all the splendid virtues she has.  The family has inherited many of these splendid virtues she possesses.  I have never heard anyone speak disrespectful of her.  Through the splendid attitude and services rendered by their father and mother, the boys and girls of this family have become the fine citizens referred to in this gathering today.  It is a mark of citizenship on their part that a home is well established and protected and advantages given to the boys and girls of this family, and they too should be grateful for the home that has given these advantages.  I read the words of Paul Harris who established the Rotary Clubs, and who still lives, and expresses himself this way:


          I am getting to a place where I enjoy looking back

               at lengthening shadows,

          The friendship made and kept make me more than a


          Life is more than steels, motors and nails--

               more than business.

          The sweetest words of tongue or pen are not stocks,

               bonds, interest and dividends;

          The sweetest words of tongue or pen are mother, father,

               wife, son, daughter, friend;

          They stand for life's imperishables.


     Upon this occasion we meet together today in the memory of service well performed in the establishment of a splendid family, in the presence of a devoted wife, and for the good of others, we pause to have a revelation of the finest things given to us.  God grant that we may all cherish the splendid things of this family, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Remarks--President Thomas E. McKay


     I am sure we are very much edified and blessed for having been here at these wonderful services today.  We have been brought nearer home--our Heavenly home.  We have been brought nearer to God and that is one of the great benefits of our Mormon funeral services.  I think the writer was right when he said, "It is more blessed to visit the house of mourning than the house of feasting."


     I am especially thankful today for this large attendance, for the beautiful sermons that have been presented, for the beautiful music because it is so comforting, as Brother Jenkins stated, to the living--to Sister Harris.  God bless her.  She was a faithful loyal wife and mother.  I am so thankful for the tributes of respect that have been paid to her and her family.  After all, I think our mothers, who are referred to incorrectly as the weaker sex, are the stronger, when you think of their responsibilities in the home.  Not very much change from day to day, just the regular routine.  Continuously under a strain.  It is a wonder that more of them do not break.  And it is true that men have worries, difficulties, but they are out.  It's not the same with the life of a mother and wife.  I am sure we men couldn't stand it as do the women.  So I am thankful today for the tribute that has been paid to Sister Harris and I want her to know that she is loved and honored and revered by the Ogden Stake and by all of us.


     I am so pleased too that Bishop Brown was here to tell of the early life of Brother Harris.  Much of that is new to us in the Ogden Stake.  We knew him later.  I remember him first as a member of the old Weber Stake Board, with Brother Thomas B. Evans at the helm.  And I remember him too, as has been stated, as being faithful.  Willing to take chastisement but never did it make him sour.  He was always loyal because of his firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I have a few lines here that I think are very applicable to Brother Harris in his life, for it has not been a life of roses.  He has had his ups and downs but his head has been kept high and his heart humble.


          The test of a man is the fight he makes,

          The grit he daily shows;

          The way he stands on his feet and takes

          Fate's numerous bumps and blows.


          A coward can smile when there's naught to fear

          When nothing his progress bars,

          But it takes a man to stand up and cheer

          While some other fellow stars.


          It isn't the victory after all

          But the fight that a brother makes

          The man, who, driven against the wall,

          Still stands up erect and takes


          The blows of fate with his head held high,

          Bleeding, and bruised and pale,

          Is the man who'll win in the by and by,

          For he isn't afraid to fail.


          It's the bumps you get, and the jolts you get,

          And the shocks that your courage stands,

          The hours of sorrow and vain regrets,

          The prize that escapes your hands,


          That test your mettle and prove your worth;

          It isn't the blows you deal,

          But the blows you take on this good old earth,

          That shows if your stuff is real.


     God bless his memory, God bless his wife and his children, God bless us all that we may be true to the end, that we may live such lives that when our time comes it can be said that he was made of real stuff.  That he was a man, is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Remarks--Henry Noorda


     At this particular time we wish to thank you all for your presence here, for those who showed their kindness with beautiful flowers, for the beautiful musical program, and for all those who have taken part in behalf of the family, and for your presence here at his time.


Vocal Solo--Annie Brian, accompanied by Arvilla Arrowsmith.


Prayer--Albert W. Bell


     Our Father who art in Heaven.  We bow ourselves before thee at the close of these services that we have held in honor and respect of thy servant, Brother Nathan J. Harris.  We feel, our Father, that is has been good for us to be here.  We thank thee for the words of comfort that have been spoken, for the beautiful music, the flowers and for the congregation of respectful men and women from our community who joined us upon this occasion.  And, oh Heavenly Father, we thank thee for the peaceful influence of thy Holy Spirit that has been here.  The spirit of the Master, and we pray thee at this time, oh Father, that thou wilt forgive us each and every one for the things that we have done amiss in thy sight as we forgive those who ofttimes stumble in the pathway and are weak.  Our Heavenly Father, bless us that we may be able to benefit by the life of Brother Harris and all that he has done for us.  We pray thee our Father to bless his family, for we realize that while we have seen him as a neighbor, as a lawyer, and as a worker, that they have seen him as a father, a noble fighter, and a husband.  Especially bless Sister Harris who has indeed been a companion to him, who cast her lot with him in the days of her youth for better or worse and who has been true and faithful to that sacred covenant.  We pray thee this afternoon, our Father, that we get from her life the inspiration and beauty and devotion which it has to offer to each and every one of us.  Bless his sons that they may carry on his name and honor.  Bless his brothers and sisters, his daughters and his posterity as far down as they may go.  Help them to remember this beautiful occasion this afternoon and that they may reach back into the years and see their father at his best and he may be an inspiration to them all the days of their lives.  To this end we pray thee to be with us.  Accept of our thanks for all we have and are, go with us to the cemetery, be with us in the journey of life that we may always be worthy of thy blessings in this life, all these are the blessings we ask for in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Postlude--Arvilla Arrowsmith and Addie Pulsipher, piano and organ.