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Delaware County, Iowa


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Charles Harger

Civil Engineering

Delhi Twp.



      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 April, 1830.
      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.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 370-371.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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