James Douglas Harcombe

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James Douglas Harcombe (May 3, 1882 - November 11, 1946, served as mess officer of Clemson Agricultural College from 1920 until his death. Harcombe Dining Hall is named in his honor.

James Douglas Harcombe was born May 3, 1882, in New York City. His parents were James Harcombe, a native of Scotland, and Edith Saunders, a native of Ireland. (Standard Certificate of Death, Division of Vital Statistics - State Board of Health, State of South Carolina, State File No. 13616, November 23, 1946.)(http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2010/26/19478326_126464240155.jpg)

Harcombe came to Clemson in 1920 to replace Augustus "Shorty" Schilletter, who resigned as mess officer of the college in 1919. He came from the Port of New York Army Hospital where he had served as chief mess officer feeding the wounded soldiers returning from European battlefields. (Reel, Jerome V., "The High Seminary: A History of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina Volume 1", Clemson University Digital Press at the Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing, Clemson University, South Carolina, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9842598-9-2, page 239.)