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Henry Harger


Richland Twp.



       Henry Harger was for a number of years a resident of Delhi and served for several terms as county recorder. His death, however, occurred in Idaho, where he had gone to take up land. He was born in Oxford, Connecticut, in 1832, and was a son of Alfred and Ruth (Beardslee) Harger. His paternal grandparents were Elijah and Sarah Ruth (Lattin) Harger, while his maternal grandparents were Lemuel and Mercy (Perry) Beardslee. Henry Harger was a representative in the sixth generation of the descendants of Jabez Harger, a Huguenot. Alfred Harger, the father, was born June 2, 1804, and was married on the 8th of April, 1830, to Ruth Beardslee. Their eldest son was Henry Harger, whose birth occurred on the 14th of April, 1832. He was educated in the east, being graduated from the State Normal School at New Britain, Connecticut, with the class of 1856. He also received an excellent scientific education, being a graduate of the Sheffield Scientific School, the technical school of Yale University. The year 1859 witnessed his arrival in Delhi, where Henry Harger conducted a select school for a number of years and later served for several terms as county recorder, discharging with commendable ability the duties of the office. He also engaged in the abstract business and gained a reputation for accuracy and thoroughness in that work. He eventually went to Lost River, Idaho, to take up land and his death occurred at Boise, that state. He married Miss Sarah Elizabeth Smith from Michigan. She still survives and resides in Boise. Mr. and Mrs. Harger became the parents of two sons, Prank and Burton, both of Idaho. The influence of his life is yet felt in Delhi and all who knew him hold his memory in the highest honor.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 92.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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