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Bell Harrell

Obituary of Reuben G. Harrell, Fresno, California.

Reuben G. Harrell, a pioneer resident and land attorney of Fresno, Cal., died at his home there on February 19, 1920 of pneumonia. He was born in Gallatin, Tenn., where he spent his boyhood days, the family removing to Dyer County in 1858. He entered the Confederate army in his seventeenth year and served on the staff of General Tyree H. Bell, of Forrest's comamnd, to the close of the war.

Comrade Harrell was married to Susan Bell, a daughter of Gen. T. H. Bell, and went with other members of that family to California in 1876, settling in Fresno County, where he engaged in stock-raising for several years, until his health failed. In 1886 he took up his residence in Fresno City and served as deputy county assessor for eight years. There being much United States land business in this section of California at that time, he qulaified as a land law specialist and had his office in the Temple bar Building for more than twenty-five years, doing much work for the government, as well as private clients, up to the time of his illness. he was an active member of the Methodist Church, South, serving as trustee at the time of his death, and he was always actively interested in the Democratic party. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1920.

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