William Harden. The subject of this sketch was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, November 18, 1831. His parents moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when he was four years old, and there William was partly educated. When he was fifteen years old, they again moved, this time to Westfield, Indiana, where he completed his education. Farming was the occupation chosen by William as a life-calling, and he engaged in that honorable and independent vocation, soon after leaving school, and continued it several years in Indiana. He went to Lucas county, Iowa, from Indiana, and remained there till the fall of 1854, when he moved to Missouri, settling in Grundy county, where he engaged in farming and stock-raising, residing there till 1870. He then moved to this county and located in Lincoln township, where he has ever since resided. Mr. Harden owns a fine stock-farm of 320 acres, which is well improved and in a high state of cultivation. It has a neat residence, and is fenced with Osage orange, having four and one-half miles of hedge fencing.. He was married, in Lucas county, Iowa, June 5, 1858, to Miss Sarah Smith. Five children have been born to them; named, Laura, Frank, Annie, Monroe and Harl.
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