The Merced Express, Merced, CA. Friday March 18, 1932. Front page.


Charles Harris, well-known retired Merced newspaper publisher, died suddenly in San Francisco late yesterday afternoon. Mr. Harris was stricken with a heart attack while on the street, but was able to reach his apartment, where he passed away within a short time. He was apparently in his usual good health when he left Merced last week, and the news of his death came as a severe shock to his numerous friends.

Funeral services will be held in the Halsted funeral chapel in San Francisco tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon, and the remains will be cremated and the ashes brought to Merced and placed in the family plot in the local cemetery.

Mr. Harris was born in Galena, Illinois, August 5, 1848. When he was but five months old his family came to California and settled at Mariposa.
There he grew to manhood and learned the printers trade in the office of the Mariposa Gazette, which at that time was published by his brothers, John and Thomas Harris. He came to Merced in 1875 and was employed as a printer in the office of the Merced Express until 1880, when he and his brother, Thomas established the Merced Star.
Following the death of Thomas in the nineties, Charles continued the publication of the Star until early in 1920, when he soled the paper to Walter H. Killam, who changed the Star to a daily and published it as such until about seven years ago, when Peter, Ray and Hugh McClung purchased both the Star and the Merced Sun and merged them under the name of the Merced Sun-Star.

Mr. Harris was a staunch Republican, at all times active in the councils of his party, and in recognition of his political efforts he was in 1903 appointed Postmaster for Merced, serving in that capacity until 1909.
Following his retirement from the newspaper business Mr. Harris devoted his time to his extensive property interests and since the death of Mrs. Harris in December of 1929, he had spent most of his time in San Francisco.

Mr. Harris was widely known, not only in Merced but throughout the State, and he had hundreds of warm friends who will regret his passing.

His only surviving relatives are two nephews, Frank and Matthew Harris of San Francisco, and a stepson, Nelson L. Slater of Fresno.

Mr. Harris was a member of Yosemite Lodge No. 99, F.& A. M., and had been recently been presented with a Masonic jewel signifying a continuous membership of fifty years in that fraternity. He was also a charter member of the Merced Pyramid of Sciots and the Merced Lodges of Elks and Knights of Pythias.


Transcribed by: Alma Stone