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Mr. Harrison died in 2009 at the age of 100 now but in 2003 was still able to identify two of the people who hadn't been identified yet (he has eye trouble so it was hard). Mr. Harrison is the boy with glasses, 5th from the right in the row second from the top. I will be replacing this picture with one with a number for him and the principal. The picture below is smaller than the 14 inch by 10 inch original, but I didn't want to surprise you with a long download. The class of 1926 was the first class to put out a yearbook, since the big technology news of the year was that the school district had purchased a mimeograph machine. We have a copy of that annual in the library and I have scanned many of the pages for the CD-ROM which is available for $19.95. If you want to see the full-size image, you can find it, and all the other historical pictures on this website, on the CD-ROM available from Richard Adams, who teaches at PHHS still after 39 years. Contact Adams also if you have names to contribute to this picture or want to buy the CD-ROM which has pictures from 1910-2009 and spreadsheets listing every teacher and graduate from 1910 through 2009.
A nice article on Mr. Harrison appeared in the June 4, 2009 issue of the Albany Democrat-Herald newspaper and is reprinted below, since it will disappear from their website soon.
Mildred Arnold in 1923-1924
2009 at age 101
[December 24, 2009]
Mildred (Arnold) Holman
Mildred (Arnold) Holman of Eugene died Dec. 18 of age-related causes. She was 101. No service is planned.
2009 at age 100
Albany Democrat-Herald, June 4, 2009
Albany Man turns 100
Russ Harrison has been involved with community since 1933
by Cathy Ingalls
Russ Harrison of Albany celebrates his 100th birthday on Tuesday, and he would love to get cards and letters from his friends and people who know him.
Harrison's son Glenn of Albany said because the family is not celebrating the milestone publicly, he is inviting people to mail cards and reminiscences to Russ Harrison, 2066 54th Ave. S.E., Albany, OR 97322.
He said his father would enjoy seeing and reading them.
Glenn provided the following information about his father.
Russ Harrison was born near Bristow, Okla., and shortly after his ninth birthday, the family took a train to Oregon. When he was 17, Harrison graduated from Pleasant Hill High School and later from Eugene Business College.
As a member of the Obsidian Club of Eugene, he climbed several mountains in the Cascades.
Harrison was a bookkeeper for a company in Eugene and when it was purchased by the McDonald Candy Co., Harrison was sent to Albany in 1933 to open and manage a branch. He retired in 1973 but continued to serve on the company's board of directors.
Harrison joined the Takenas Outdoor Club and helped organize and promote the development of Hoodoo Ski Bowl. He continued to exercise at the Mennonite Village until he turned 95.
Harrison married Altha Green in 1936, and they had sons Glenn and David of Roanoke, Va.
Glenn wanted to be a Cub Scout, but there were no troops in Albany so his father and Oris Carnegie organized one at what was then the Whitespires United Presbyterian Church. Russ assumed numerous Scouting leadership positions and in recognition received the Silver Beaver award, the James E. West Fellowship Award and the Spirit of Baden Powell National Scout Award.
Harrison led an active civic life in Albany. He was on the Linn County Parks Commission for 30 years and served on the Oregon Recreation & Parks Association board. A group picnic area at Sunnyside Park was named for him in 1994.
He is a life member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, joining in 1934, and a life member of the Elks and the Kiwanis Club of Albany.
Harrison's wife died after the couple was married nearly 60 years, and when he was 88, he married Sidney Turner.
Early in life, Harrison developed a philosophy he worked to live by: "Be kind, care about people and assume the best in everyone."
last updated 6/20/03, 11:59 p.m. PDT