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Henry Harrison (1832-1878)

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Henry Harrison (c1832-1878) of Harrison, McGregor and Co


1878 Died


1878 Obituary [1]

We greatly regret to announce the sudden death of Mr. Henry Harrison, senior partner in the eminent firm of agricultural engineers, Messrs. Harrison, McGregor and.Co., at his residence, Brookland-house, Leigh, on Friday morning.

The deceased gentleman was at the Albion Foundry, on Thursday, and appeared then to be cheerful and well, though we understand he had recently had an attack of diarrhoea; concerning which nothing serious was apprehended, On Thursday evening be partook of supper, making a hearty meal, and about half-past four on Friday morning Mrs. Harrison found her husband in a fit of apoplexy. She raised an alarm, and one of her sons hastened for Dr Evans who was at the house in a few minutes, but death had then ensued.

Mr. Harrison was the son of the late Mr., Charles Harison, of Butts Corn Mill, Bedford, He was the first apprentice at Bedford Foundry (now owned by Picksley, Sims, and Co.), serving his time as a moulder. For several years he was engaged at the world famed works of Platt Brothers and Co., Oldham, and on returning to Leigh he became traveller for Messrs. Picksley, Sims, and Co.

In 1863, Mr. Harrison, Mr. McGregor, and Mr. Rich left Bedford Foundry to establish the business which they have since conducted with almost unparalleled success. The Albion Foundry has developed from year to year, the great demand for the "Albion" mowing machines warranting these extensions but still the production was unequal to the demand, notwithstanding the fact that for months the works have been going almost night and day, and it was only the day previous to the lamented decease that Mr. Harrison urged the work people on to renewed exertions, telling them that large additions to the premises were contemplated.

Only a week previous to this unhappy event his firm were the purchasers of land at a sale at the Boar's Head inn for thee enlargements. Mr. Harrison travelled extensively, visiting the principle agricultural shows in Great Britain and the Continent, and scarcely a week passed but some honour, for the most part the leading prize, was awarded to the "Albion" mower. At the Paris Exhibition Messrs. Harrison, McGregor, and Co. exhibit one of their machines, and Mr. Harrison has this season paid no fewer than five visits to France, where the machines of his firm are in great demand.

The deceased had won the esteem of his fellow-townsmen by his courteous, unassuming demeanour and excellent social qualities, and the news of his sudden termination of his career was received with profound regret, especially by the hands of the Albion Foundry, by whom he was held in affectionate esteem. He was a Freemason, a Churchman, and a Conservative, and leaves a widow and family.

Mr. Harrison was about 46 years of age.


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  1. Bristol Mercury - Monday 16 September 1878