The funeral of the late Charles Wesley Harrison, M.A., took place at Dunnville on the arrival of the 11:09 a.m. C.N.R. train on Thursday last. The brethren of Amity Masonic Lodge, Dunnville, attended in a body, and six Past Masters of Union Lodge, Grimsby, of which deceased was a member and Past Master, acted as pallbearers, namely: J.H. Culp, H.K. Griffith, C.T. Farrell, David Allan, J.H. Gibson and W.F. Randall. Bro. J.E. Scott, of Grimsby Lodge, was also present.
Born in Milton, Ontario, the subject of this sketch was a son of Richard Harrison, one of the earliest of settlers coming from Yorkshire, England, to that region.
He obtained his early education in the public and high schools of his native town. Leaving there in 1871, he entered Victoria University, then located in Cobourg, Ontario, and graduated in the class of 1875 with the degree of master of arts.
From 1876 to 1881 he was principal of Dunnville high school, leaving there to become classics and science master of the Hamilton Ladies' College, and subsequently removing to Sackville, N.B., as principal of Mt. Allison academy from 1885 to 1892.
In the latter year he decided to return to his native province, accepting the principalship of the Grimsby high school. Whilst located in this region he shortly returned to the business of fruit farming. He resigned as principal of the high school and took up the chief industry of the Fruit Belt, conducting a 20-acre farm, subsequently becoming manager of the Canada Fruit Company, a selling organization of the growers.
Later he went to Vancouver, but left there about 1916 to supply as principal of Beamsville high school when the principal there went overseas. From there he went to Bradford in 1919, and after 2 years as principal of Bradford high school he went to Chesterville for a year, keeping his home there and returning there to retire, when his health had begun to fail.
Mr, Harrison was a Past Master of Union Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Past Z Grimsby chapter, also Scottish Rite Mason, Hamilton. He was on the Official Board of the Methodist Church in Bradford and a very active worker. In politics he was a staunch Liberal.
He married Miss Marie Smith, of Dunnville, Ontario, who as Madame Yulisse, is well known in musical circles throughout the world, and who now survives him with two sons, R.L. Harrison, class '04 Toronto University, now chief engineer Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway and Navigation Company, and Charles F. Harrison, general manager of the Ted Browne Music Company, Inc., Chicago.