More About My Great Grandaddy John Harrison

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Thankful Thursday: Friends On Facebook Are Extremely Helpful

That's right folks. I connected with my great grandfather's next door neighbor. She's a lovely lady who I spoke with on Wednesday for nearly an hour. She was a child when she knew my great grandfather John Harrison and she told me that he always carried himself as a gentleman. He could cook quite well, which I bet was born out of necessity since his wife passed away in 1939.  At that time he still had young children in the home that had to be raised. Another  thing that I found out was that she knew my grandfather's younger brother, Robert "Bobby" Harrison. Bobby is the youngest of the Harrison siblings. I haven't had a chance to speak with him yet since I connected with his former neighbor. I am looking forward to catching up with him over the weekend. 

From prior research, I knew that John Harrison in his youth was a porter for Bradham Drug Co. in New Bern, NC. Here he is listed in a 1916-1917 City Directory

Image courtesy of Official directory, city of New Bern, N.C. [serial] (Volume 1 (1916/1917)) 
- Gardiner, Chas. S. (Charles S.) University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Here are some more images that were shared with me courtesy of  Ken Edwards and the Facebook page Remember In New Bern When?

Image courtesy of New Bern-Craven County Public Library
Original store located at Middle Street and Pollack Street

Photograph taken by Bayard Wootten circa 1913.
Bradham's Drug Store --Broad Street Location.

Williams Restaurant used to be Bradham's Broad Street location.

When my mom speaks of her grandfather she refers to him as granddaddy John. She remembers how impeccably dressed he was and that is something my great grandfather's neighbor also made mention of on the phone. After Bradham's, my great grandfather worked as a tailor for Hill's Tailoring Company in New Bern.  His neighbor also spoke of how "Mr. Harrison rode his bike to work everyday." I love the mental image of a man in a three piece suit on a bike, don't you?


  1. Yes, I do love the image of a well-tailored man on a bike. I'm glad you are having such good luck with learning more about your great-grandfather.


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