Charles Harger, deceased, was for many years a resident of Delhi and was engaged
in civil engineering work and also as deputy county treasurer. His death, which
occurred on the 15th of June, 1875, seemed untimely, as he was but in the prime
of life and had the prospect of many years of useful activity before him. He was
born in Oxford, Connecticut, on the 23d of January, 1834, a son of Alfred and
Ruth (Beardslee) Harger, of Puritan descent, who lived and died in the east. The
ancestry is traced back through six generations to Jabez Harger, a Huguenot. Our
subject's grandparents in the paternal line were Elijah and Sarah Ruth (Lattin)
Harger, and his maternal grandparents were Lemuel and Mercy (Perry) Beardslee.
Alfred Harger was born on the 2d of June. 1804, and was married on the 8th of
His second son was Charles Harger of this review, who at the usual age became a
pupil in the public schools of his native city and afterward had the benefit of
instruction in Yale University, completing a course in the civil engineering
department with the class of 1858. The following year he came with his elder
brother, Henry Harger, to Delhi, Iowa, and here spent the remainder of his life.
He was for some time in the office of Dr. Wright, the county clerk, and also
engaged in surveying and other engineering work, proving accurate and efficient
in everything that he did. For many years he was deputy county treasurer and
held that position when
called to the life beyond in 1875. He was a republican in politics and prominent
in local political councils. His opinion was highly regarded on any matter
affecting the public welfare, and he was one of the leaders in the affairs of
the town and county.
On the 31st of December, 1860, Mr. Harger was married to Miss Hannah C. Cox, a
daughter of Rev. John and Esther (Groome) Cox. She later became the wife of
Judge Frederick B. Doolittle. Mr. and Mrs. Harger became the parents of two
sons: Alfred C., who died February 15, 1872; and Burritt H., who passed away on
the 29th of April, 1879. Mr. Harger was a member of the Congregational church in
Connecticut, but never joined any religious organization after removing to Iowa.
He was a man of unquestioned probity of character and, although many years have
passed since his demise, his name is still held in honor by many who remember
his life of service and uprightness.