Donation on Behalf of the late Albert C. Harris (03/02/1943 - 07/12/2014)
donated by Susan Vaughn Harris

Albert C. Harris Obituary

  • Large wooden crate with open handles and metal reinforcements, inscribed "Manchester Bottling Works."

  • Iona Manufacturing Company shoe-shine kit with motorized polisher and attachments.

  • VHS tape of a 1994 interview with Lillian Gustafson.

  • Red booklet – certificate? – gold-embossed lettering: UDDEVALLA-SCANDIA. VASA ORDEN AV AMERIKA, 4 inside pages with hand-tinted images and symbols, calligraphy, and 9 signatures.

  • 1913 Cheney silk ad: "Shower Proof" Foulards.

  • 1968 edition of "From Your Neighbor's Kitchen," excellent condition.

  • 7 pages (album-type) with 4 to 6 house photos on each page, affixed with corner mounts. One of the pages contains 5 photos of a Pitkin house on Porter Street. Not sure of locations of other house pictures, maybe not Manchester.

  • Undated photos – black and white copies of photos possibly from The Manchester Evening Herald:
    1. Odd Fellows Building with cars, showing street and Center Pharmacy
    2. Three photos of the grocery store in the House & Hale building
    3. Downtown, circa 1933, with State Theatre playing "Take a Chance"
    4. Concert in the quadrangle at Educational Square

  • Milk bottles:
    1. Quart Meadow Brook Dairy bottle with cardboard topper
    2. Half-pint embossed and lettered in orange: store (3 times around the top) and A.R. Wilkie, Manchester, Conn. (2 times around center)
    3. Pint bottle embossed One Pint Liquid, E.C. Lynch, Registered, Manchester, Conn. 4. Pint bottle embossed and lettered in green on one side: Oak Grove Dairy, Manchester, Conn. F.H. Sankey; other side: "Milk that is milk! Oak Grove Dairy" with picture of a baby climbing onto a table, knocking over a stool. There's a bottle on the table labeled Sankey.

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Obituary of Albert C. Harris, 71

Albert Charles Harris, 71, died July 12, 2014, at his home in Dennis after a three-year battle with cancer. He was the husband of Susan Vaughn Harris.

He was born March, 2, 1943, in Buffalo, NY, to Earl and Helen (Gauger) Harris, grew up in Rome, NY, graduated from Rome Free Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Buffalo.

He lived in Manchester, CT., for nearly 40 years where he was manager of the Carousel gift store, Connecticut sales representative for Parmenter and Till Associates and co-owner of Old Colony Lighting. He later was manager of Edgartown Art Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, and most recently a bus driver for Cape Cod Regional Transit.

In Connecticut, Al also was a founder and active member of Unitarian Universalist Society: East, Manchester, elected member of the Manchester Board of Education, president of the Manchester Historical Society, president of the Glastonbury Unitarian Fellowship, and president of the Bicentennial Bandshell Committee. Since coming to Cape Cod in 2008, he was active in the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, most recently as treasurer, and a member of the Yarmouth Newcomers’ men’s book club. His interests included theater and the arts, historical touring and family genealogy, photography, gardening and reading.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Harris of Mount Sydney, VA.; a brother, Earl Harris and his wife, Deborah, of Rome, N.Y.; two stepchildren and their spouses, Jeanne and Anant Sananikone of Sterling, VA, and Matthew and Suzanne Vaughn of Lake Forest, IL.; seven grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Frank Basile and Dr. Robert McAnaw and the oncology staff at Cape Cod Hospital for their special care of Al.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, 3330 Main St. (Route 6A), Barnstable, at 3 p.m. July 22 followed by a reception. A private burial will be at Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod: 307 Old Main St., designate for Education Wing, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.