25 February (1881) Mwldan’s Multi-Millionaire (perhaps the only one?!)

  • 25 1889 (Mon.) Burial Solomon Blake, Mwldan, 65, gardener and father of 20 children.
  • 25 1950 (Sat.) Queens café / restaurant closed for good. Baker shop to continue and continues today (2013).
  • 25 1881 (Fri.) W. R. Harries and his wife leave for America.

WILLIAM R. HARRIES

On this day W. R. Harries and his wife Florrie left Cardigan for America. William R. Harries was a native of Llangennech. He came to Cardigan in 1876, found work with T. Griffiths, auctioneers and became a member of Bethania Chapel. His stay in Cardigan was short lived but he left his mark notably in establishing the Ragged School which helped the poor children of the Mwldan area of the town.  He married a local girl Florence Lewis, Quay St. and left for America on this day in 1881. By the time he died in February 1915 his name appears in the New York Times (6 Feb 1915) under an article headed ‘W. R. HARRIES LEFT $3, 000, 000.’

A fuller account appears in another newspaper:

 William R. Harris, formerly Vice President of the American Tobacco Company, died on Monday at his home at Irvington-on-Hudson, N. Y., in his sixtieth year. He was born in Wales and came to this country in 1880. Mr Harris became associated with the Pullman Company in Chicago and resigned to assist in the formation of the American Tobacco Company. At the time of the dissolution of this company, and for many years previous, he was Chairman of the British-American Tobacco Company and took an active part in obtaining foreign business. Mr Harris also assisted at the reorganization of the American Tobacco and its associated companies when this was made necessary by the decree of the United States Supreme Court. He had been retired from active business for several years. Mr Harris is survived by his widow, three sons and a daughter.

He bought a house in Manhattan and spent a fortune developing it. This was ‘Millionaire Colony’ country and his neighbours included the likes of the Rockefellers.

There is no record of him ever coming back to visit the Mwldan.

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