Cornish Miner of New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Company


Capt. JAMES HARRY, who holds a position of mining captain in the employ of the Quicksilver Mining Company, New Almaden, is a native of England, born in Cornwall on the twenty-ninth of July 1833. His father, Charles Harry, who was a miner accidentally lost his life in 1846, in one of the cornish mines. Mr. Harry's mother' s maiden name was Elizabeth Dunn. At the age of ten years he engaged in work at the mines, and when seventeen years old was a mine in the tin and copper mines of Cornwall. In 1869 he emigrated to America, landing at New York and thence came by way of Aspinwall and Panama to California. Landing at San Francisco in June, he went into the quartz mines of Nevada County, and there remained until January, 1872, when he came to New Almaden and engaged in contracting. In 1873 he became timberman, from that was promoted to pumpman, an afterwards to shaft boss, and in 1881 to he present position of mining captain.

Captain Harry was married in Cornwall, England, in February, 1857, to Miss Elizabeth Carolyon. They have six children living; Allie, Elizabet Jane, John C., James, Charles, and Willie. Those that have died were: James, Edith, and Willie.

Captain Harry is Class-leader, Steward, and Trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church.; He is also a member of Lodge No. 34, I.O.O.F., at San Jose, and the new Almaden Benevolent Association, of which he has been President for two terms. He is a member of the local Board of Trustees of Public Schools. Politically, he is a Republican.

SOURCE:  Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H.S.
Foote.- Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.- Page 335 transcribed by Carolyn Feroben


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