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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.


     HENRY HARDER, who was born in Holstein, Germany, on March 23, 1841, is now residing two miles east from Reardan on a fine estate of four hundred acres, which his labors have made a model farm, well improved and productive of gratifying dividends.  He is a man of worth and stability and has the distinction of being one of the earliest pioneers of the territory that is now embraced in Lincoln county.  His parents, Hans Henry and Meta H., were natives of Germany, where they remained until their death.  The father was a stone cutter by trade.  Our subject was educated in the schools of his native land and remained at home until about twenty-three, variously employed, then went to Hamburg.  When twenty-four years of age, it being the spring of 1866, he came to New York and journeyed thence to Chatsworth, Illinois.  He was occupied in a sugar beet factory for a time and then went to St. Louis.  Afterward, we find him again in Illinois, this time at Bellville in a coal mine.  He left there and came via St. Louis and the Nicaragua route to California.  In the spring of 1868, we find him farming in the San Joaquin valley where four years were spent.  In 1872 he journeyed to Germany by way of Panama and New York, making there a visit of three months.  He again went to California and for five years was in the San Joaquin valley.  In 1878, in the fall, he took a homestead in what is now Lincoln county and the same farm is a part of his present estate.  Since then, Mr. Harder has given his entire attention to dairying and general farming and has won excellent success in his labors.
     In New York state, on August 1, 1872, Mr. Harder married Miss Wilhelmina Hard a native of Germany.  To them the following children have been born, Meta, Annie, Clara, Rosa, Henry, Hulda, Emma, Adolph and Carl.  Mr. and Mrs. Harder belong to the Lutheran church and have hosts of friends in this section.
 


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