Cyrus Arthur Harris
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LIFE HISTORY OF MY FATHER
Cyrus Arthur Harris
I, C. A. Harris, was born at Salem, Idaho in the year 1889. I attended the public schools at Salem Sugar City. I graduated from Ricks Academy and then took a three year commercial course in June, 1909. I was President of the student body at Ricks and business manager of the Student Rays and also represented Ricks in the debate team in 1908 and 1909. I entered the employ of the Spaulding Buggy Manufacturing Company in 1910. I was time keeper of the sugar factory in the fall of 1910 and 1911. In the spring of 1911, I entered the employ of the Rexburg Implement Company, then a branch of the Utah Implement Vehicle Company of Salt Lake City. In 1912 it was organized by incorporation to the Farmer's Implement Company with over one hundred stock holders, and I became General Manager of this institution and remained such from 1912 to 1924. During this time the company had established branch houses in St. Anthony, Ashton, Teton and Newdale with a 1918 yearly volume of $248,000.00. During this time I was elected on the City Council for two years, also elected President of the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce for one year and elected President of the Rexburg Rotary Club.
I went into the Implement Hardware business for myself January 1, 1924. In 1919 organized the Farmer's Building Company with 15 stockholders and built the building I now occupy with my present business, having purchased the building from the company three years ago. I have been in business for myself for the last sixteen years and I have gradually grown and developed until today I have branch stores in St. Anthony and Ashton in addition to Rexburg. During six years of this period I served as counselor to the late Henry J. Flamm in the Second Ward Bishopric for many years. I was director in the Intermountain Hardware Association and have served as the President of it for the last three years. It covers Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, part of Oregon, and part of Nevada, known as the Intermountain Empire.
I was County Chairman of the Republican party for four years and was State Committeeman for six years. At the present time, in addition to the Implement and Hardware business, I am also wholesale distributor for the Standard Oil Company of California in Madison and Jefferson County. I was married to Zina Rachel Cole in 1912 and our family consists of eight children, seven of which are living; five boys and two girls. (This history was given to me, Joann Harris by my father in 1940 when I was in a Junior Genealogy Class.)
(The following is taken from the book "History of Idaho" page 873-874) C. A. Harris
One of the most important business enterprises of Rexburg is that conducted under the name of the Farmers' Implement Company. Its ramifying trade connections cover a wide territory, for branch houses have been established at various points. Thus at the head of this business are most enterprising men, active and alert to every opportunity, and their labors have been productive of most substantial and gratifying results. One of the officers of the company is Cyrus A. Harris, who is the manager, secretary and treasurer. He was born at Salem, Madison county, Idaho, March 30, 1889, and is the son of George H. B. Harris and Victoria J. (Sandgreen) Harris, who are mentioned at length on another page of this work. The father was for many years a most prominent figure in agricultural circles in Madison county and is now in the employ of the Farmers Implement Company, not from necessity but from choice, as through his farming interest he accumulated a valuable property that now returns to him a most gratifying annual income.
In the acquirement of his education Cyrus A. Harris attended the schools of Salem and the public schools at Sugar and Madison county. He completed a high school course in the Ricks Academy and was graduated with the class of 1909. He then went upon the road for the Spaulding Manufacturing Company, traveling in Idaho and Utah in 1910. He afterward became timekeeper for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company at the factory in Sugar, where he remained during the winter of 1910-1911. In the spring he was appointed manager of the Utah Implement Vehicle Company at the branch in Rexburg and occupied that position until the spring of 1912, when the Farmers' Implement Company was organized, he being a factor in the organization. He became one of the stockholders and in fact the business was promoted by Mr. Harris and Mr. McKinlay, who is the president, while Mr. Harris became the manager, secretary and treasurer. Since then a business of very substantial proportions has been developed, the trade interests covering a wide territory, and the enterprise is today one of the foremost commercial concerns in this section of the State. In partnership with his brother George, Cyrus A. Harris owns and operates four hundred acres of dry land four miles east of Rexburg and recently they have installed a 15-30 Titan tractor on the farm.
On the 19th of June, 1912, Mr. Harris was united in marriage to Miss Zina Cole and to them have been born four children, namely; Ross C; Don C; Zina F., who passed away September 11, 1916, at the age of three months; and Arthur Paul.
Mr. Harris is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served as counselor to Bishop H. F. Flamm of the second ward and has held various other offices in the church. His political allegiance is given to the Republican Party and for two years he served a a member of the City Council. In community affairs he is deeply interested and lends the weight of his aid and influence to every movement calculated to benefit the community and promote the upbuilding of the district. His worth as a business man and citizen is widely acknowledged.