|Blundon's House at 100 W Street, NW|
The house was later sold by a subsequent owner on July 18, 1946 to John O. and Jeannette P. Harris. They moved to Washington, DC from Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where John indicated that he was a physician by profession, and she a public school teacher. Both had been born in Washington, DC, however, in 1898 and 1902, respectively. They had a daughter named Gwendolyn who had been born in Washington, DC about 1926, and later, a son named Richard. The 1930 census record for the Harris family lists them as black. He began his medical career in 1926, although it is unknown where he obtained his medical degree.
Harris made local and national headlines in April of 1953 when he was held in the death of Arlington, Virginia socialite Josephine Fuller’s death due to an abortion. The April 9, 1953 edition of Jet magazine carried the headline “Dr. John O. Harris Held in Washington DC Socialite Josephine Fuller's Abortion Death,” with the brief article reproduced above. She had died on March 22, 1953, with both Harris and his housekeeper, Mary Robinson, in attendance.
|The grand staircase|
A Grand Jury held both individuals on March 26, 1953, with the official charged entered on April 28th of that year only against Dr. Harris. On June 3, 1955, Harris was ordered by District Judge Edward Tamm to serve 3 to ten years imprisonment for the operation and revoked his medical license for the illegal operation.