Harris family donations in gratitude to community

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Former McCook residents John T. and Eleanor Harris presented checks worth $10,000 last week to McCook foundations as a token of their appreciation of the community in which they raised their family.

The Harrises, who moved to Alabama in 1976, gave $1,000 to the Heritage Square Foundation; $3,000 to the McCook College Foundation; and $6,000 to the McCook Community Foundation.

"These checks are a token of our appreciation for McCook as a good place to live and raise a family," Mrs. Harris said.

Mrs. Harris said the donation to the college foundation is designated for scholarships to students studying in the new Hormel Technology Center.

Mrs. Harris, a McCook native, graduated with the third class of McCook Junior College, in 1930, and the couple's six sons and two of their grandchildren attended the same college. Mrs. Harris said they chose Heritage Days to make their presentations because she was a member of Lester Harsh's original "German Heritage Days" committees in the 1970's.

The Harris family owned the DeGroff's department store in downtown McCook and GroMo Chemical.

Gazette photo/Connie Jo Discoe

John T. and Eleanor Harris of Opelika, Ala., presented checks worth $10,000 to representatives of McCook entities. Former McCook residents, the Harrises gave $1,000 to the Heritage Square Foundation, represented by Linda Hein (left); $3,000 to the McCook College Foundation, represented by their son, J.T. Harris; and $6,000 to the McCook Community Foundation, represented by Floyd Hershberger (right).

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