|Description: The book entitled "The Iron Cage", was written by Mrs. Sherwood and was published by Nelson and Phillips, New York. It has a faded blue cover with gold writing and scroll design on the spine. The front and back covers have embossed decorative designs. A few etched drawings are included in the text. "Naomi" is written in ink on the inside front cover.
The book belonged to Naomi Harris, as indicated by her name written inside the front cover. Naomi Maude Harris (1883-1968) lived at Benares her whole life. She was the youngest daughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary Harris (1859-1954) (née Magrath). Annie Harris (1882-1986) was her older sister, and their youngest sister, Margaret, died shortly after childbirth in 1887. As her parents grew older, she took on more responsibility running the property. After Arthur died, she managed the household and looked after her mother.
Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1882-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary Harris (1859-1954), née Magrath. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915-) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived in the log cabin originally given to her parents by her grandparents at 1723 Birchwood Drive. Barbara still maintains a close tie with Benares and currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her daughter.