George Harris and Mary J. Brooks reunite and remarry after 45 years

FORMER SLAVES JOIN FORTUNES
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After Separation of Forty-Five Years They Meet by Chance at Fresno and Wed
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BOTH MARRIED BEFORE
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Each Had Lost a Loved One and They Quickly Decide to Finish Life Together
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Special Dispatch to The Call.
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FRESNO, July 22.---After a separa-tion of forty-five years George Harris and Mary J. Brooks, who were slaves upon the same plantation, met in Fres-no yesterday, and each having lost a loved one they decided to finish life to-gether, as they had once planned. They had lived on an old plantation in the State of Louisiana and were lovers when, in 1859, Harris was sold to a planter living in Tennessee.

They both married in after years. Harris is the father of seventeen chil-dren, while the woman is the proud mother of fourteen. By chance they met yesterday, and to-day went to Rev. Father McCarty of St. John's Catholic Church and were married. Mrs. Harris has lived most of her life in Chicago, coming to Fresno on a visit to rela-tives. Her old sweetheart is a pioneer resident of this city.

Harris is 61 years old and she is 60. The couple will finish their days in Fresno County at Harris' home, north of town, where the large family of thirty-one will be raised in old planta-tion style.

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