Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JACOB HARDER, a farmer and stockman residing three miles cast of Kahlotus, is one of the heaviest property owners of Franklin county.  His estate consists of almost thirteen sections, a large portion of which is agricultural land and is producing hay for his bands of cattle.  He has the distinction of being the first man in Franklin county to divert water for irrigation purposes, thus demonstrating what an untold benefit irrigation would be to the county.  A detailed account of his life will be interesting and with pleasure we append the same.
     Jacob Harder was born on April 10, 1869, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the son of John and Kate (Rothman) Harder, natives of Germany and now deceased.  The old home place has been in the Harder family for over four hundred years and is now owned by a brother of our subject, Claus Harder.  Jacob was educated in the common schools until sixteen, then was apprenticed to learn the miller's trade, which he followed for three years.  After that, he spent three years and three days in the German Cavalry, being enrolled in the Fifteenth Hussar Regiment.  He was promoted to the position of corporal and at the end of his services was honorably discharged and now possesses a medal won in the army by expert marksmanship.  Upon quitting the army, he came direct to Washington, locating on a portion of his present place and engaging in the stock business with his brothers.  His first efforts were given principally to raising horses and at one time, Mr. Harder owned about two thousand of these animals.  He secured his start by purchasing two hundred brood mares from the noted Indian, Wolf, who was the richest Indian in the northwest, owning at one time four thousand horses.  In 1897, Mr. Harder disposed of his horses and since that time has given his attention to sheep and cattle exclusively.  His home place is the headquarters of his business and is handsomely and wisely fitted out with everything for comfort in a rural abode and for carrying on his business.  He owns some six hundred head of cattle besides a great many sheep.
     In Chicago, on June 13, 1898, Mr. Harder married to Annie F. Hennings, a native of Germany and the daughter of Carsten and Katherine Hennings, also natives of Germany.  Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Harder, Carl DeWitt, on March 3, 1899, and John Jacob, on March 27, 1902.  In every sense of the word, Mr. Harder is a pioneer and frontiersman.  He has seen this county develop from a wilderness to its present prosperous conditions and has had no small part in its transformation.  Many came and succumbed to its hardships and were forced to retire but he has weathered all the hard days of adversity in such a manner that he has brought success out of it all, being now one of the wealthiest men of the county.  To instance how quiet were the times, Mr. Harder remarks that during those dull days, a fine work horse would be sold for five dollars and a cayuse for fifty cents.  Thus some idea may be gained of the terrible problems of pioneer life in attempting to secure a livelihood.  Mr. Harder is well satisfied with Franklin county, owing to its resources and believes in its future.  His excellent judgment and sagacity have been rewarded in his bountiful success and the future looks very bright for him.  Mr. and Mrs. Harder are members of the Lutheran church and are very highly esteemed people.  Our subject has the following brothers and sisters: Claus, on the old home place in Germany; John, in Nebraska; Katherine, deceased; Anna, in Kiel, Germany; Max and Hans, in Franklin county.  Mr. Harder is a fine linguist and in addition to his mother tongue, speaks fluently three languages.  He is a man of stability and talent and has won very many friends.
     In this connection, we desire to mention an incident in Mr.  Harder's life, which shows the manner of man he is and the spirit in him.  At Wedel, Germany,  he observed a man drowning in the center of a mill pond.  Hastening to the rescue, he swam to him and succeeded in getting him to shore, thus saving his life, even at the risk of his own.