Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
DANIEL E. HARSH, one of the industrious
agriculturists in Douglas county, resides about two miles northeast from
Waterville. He was born in Owen county, Indiana, on September 7,
1865, the son of Daniel and Catherine (Keely) Harsh, natives of Ohio.
The father enlisted in the Forty-ninth Volunteer Infantry under Captain
David M. Dobson and died in the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee.
The mother died in Douglas county, South Dakota, in February, 1902, aged
sixty-four. Our subject was educated in the district schools of Owen
county, Indiana, where he remained the first fourteen years of his life.
In 1881, he moved to Boone county, Iowa, and engaged in farming and later
he tilled the soil in Greene county, of the same state, after which he
lived in South Dakota and did farming for twelve years. In 1896,
he came to Douglas county, Washington by wagon and settled on a quarter
section where he now lives. Since that time he has devoted himself
steadily to cultivating and improving his farm and he has now a comfortable
home, good farm, plenty of stock, machinery and improvements and does not
owe a dollar in the world.
Mr. Harsh has one brother, John W. While
in Armour, South Dakota, Mr. Harsh married Miss Melissa Kuder, the wedding
occurring March 30, 1890. Her parents were George W. and Isabel (Brock)
Kuder, natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana, respectively. The father
died at Waterville on June 9, 1903 and his widow on June 17, 1903.
Mrs. Harsh was born in Greene county, Iowa, on December 26, 1868 and has
two brothers, Madison M. and George F., and two sisters, Arra B. Whitehall
and Jennie G. Whitehall.
Four children have been born to our subject
and his wife, Bethel B., on March 1, 1891; George B., on May 21, 1893;
Franklin, on April 12, 1896; and Beatrice Hope, on February 15, 1904, on
the farm. All the others were born in Walnut Grove, South Dakota.
Mr. and Mrs. Harsh are members of the Seventh
Day Adventist church and are good substantial people.