From the Inyo Independent dated November 16, 1934, as reported by the website
While the sun sank slowly into the purple haze that filters over Death Valley at twilight and taps sounded in the clear air of this
mysterious land he knew so well, “Shorty” Harris, miner, Good Samaritan and friend to all who knew him, was laid to rest in a dusty grave
on the valley floor last Sunday afternoon.
He was laid beside the grave of his old pal and friend, Jim Dayton, long a respected pioneer prospector of Death Valley region.
“Shorty” Harris, dean of all desert prospectors, died at the age of 74 years in a cabin at Big Pine, where he had sought rest and
health following an illness about a year ago. He passed away in the restful sleep that he had sought.
In deference to his request, he was buried at the “bottom of Death Valley”, beside his partner. He had prospected with Jim Dayton
many years ago in search for the yellow metal.
The simple service, when the last rights [sic] were pronounced, was beautiful in the quiet solitude of the great valley. Chaplain
Henry of the C.C.C. camp at Cow Creek, officiated at the open-air burial service. One hundred and fifty C.C.C. boys were present,
bowing their heads out of respect to the grand old man of the desert, whose stories of early Death Valley, of burro-prospecting days,
have been chronicled far and wide by writers of national repute.
The body was lowered in the grave exactly at sunset and more than 300 people stood quietly at attention as taps sounded.
Arraignments [sic] for the funeral ware [sic] made by Wm. Carruthers of Ontario and Supervisor Chas. Brown of Shoshone. The body was taken to
Death Valley by Dewy Albright.
Many old timers of the valley were present at the services, including Mr. Zabriskie of Pacific Coast Borax Co. and Bob Montgomery, who
originally located Rhyolite and the Shoshone mine, and had not been in the valley for some 30 years.
The burial of “Shorty” Harris went down in history as the first Christian burial in Death Valley, altho [sic] there had been many more who were
buried there in shallow graves before, without Christian service.