The descendants of the late Frank and Caroline Kesner Harr of Canaan Valley hosted a reunion on Aug. 16 at the home of one of their great-granddaughters, Cheryl Bennett in Red Creek.
Early in the 1900s, Caroline Kesner, from Kline near Upper Tract, met Frank Harr at the Blackwater Hotel in Davis where she was working as a maid. He was born in Fairmont, and was working there as a bartender. He became a Canaan Valley farmer and also worked in the timber business as a foreman for many years.
On Aug. 14, some family members visited the Tygart Hotel in Elkins where Caroline Kesner and Frank Harr were married on May 6, 1908. The hotel, at 206-208 Davis Ave., was then called the Hotel Gassaway. The cornerstone of the seven-story building is clearly visible with the initials CH and JJ, 1906. It was built by Frank's brother, Charles Harr, and John Jenkins. These businessmen also operated the Blackwater Hotel which was located on William Avenue (Route 32) in Davis and was dismantled in the 1940s.
HARR FAMILY CELEBRATING 100 YEARS— Frank and Caroline Kesner Harr were married in 1908 and their family members celebrated 100 years with a reunion in Red Creek.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harr were married more than 55 years when he died at their home on a cold January night in 1964. She passed away in January three years later in Akron, Ohio, where she had been staying for a short time with her daughter, Virginia.
Those attending this year's reunion were: their only surviving child, Virginia Harr Smith; John and Linda Saros of Columbus, Ohio; Dan and Stacy Saros of Valparaiso, Ind.; Doug and Carol Teter, and Brian, Cheryl, Isaac, Levi and new baby, Isabella Ruth Bennett, all of Red Creek; Charlotte, Drexell and Brayden Armentrout of Harman; Beth and Sheridan Bonner of Dry Fork; Lucille Harr of Moorefield; Rockie and Sharon Harr of Franklin; Billy, Maxine and Caroline Harr of Forest, Va.; Carolyn Neale of Bluefield; Janice Barnes of Waldorf, Md.; and from Salem were Carolyn and Gary Cooper, Rikki, Sandra and Colby Kimball, Todd, Bridget, Hunter and Holden Hayes, Elliott Million, Marsha and Gunner Cooper and Shelton Crim.