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Harshbarger - George W.

Source: 1913 History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 p  1030

Allegiance to duty and a fixed purpose have been dominating  factors in the life of George W. Harshbarger,  one of Clark Twp's best known citizens. Indeed, such principles  as he has followed always do more to advance a man's interests  than material wealth or fortituous environment. He is a worthy  descendant of one of our most sterling old families, and many of  the strong characteristics of his progenitors seemed to have  manifested themselves in him, and he has been most careful to  keep untarnished the brilliant escutheon of the family name,  being noted for his honesty, hospitality and his readiness to  assist in the progressive movements of his community.

Mr. Harshbarger was born in Clark Twp, Montgomery Co. Oct  20, 1858 a son of Jacob M. and Mary (MYERS)  Harshbarger, the mother having been the daughter of  Henry Myers, brother of John Myers,  Jr. Both the Harshbarger and Myers ancestry will be  found on other pages of this work.
George W. Harshbarger grew to manhood, where he now lives in  Clark Twp. He attended the common schools in his native  community, the HS at Ladoga and later the agricultural college at  Lafayete. He continued farming on the home place and in 1881  married Eva CANINE daughter of Cornelius  and Keziah Canine. She was born at Waveland, this County  and grew up on a farm two miles east of that town and there she  was educated and lived until her marriage. Cornelius  Canine was a son of Ralph Canine and  his first wife. Cornelius was born and reared near Waveland and  farmed there all his life. He was an active Democrat and was a  member of the Baptist Church. He was a broadminded man, upright  and honorable. His parents had come to that locality in a very  early day and cleared and developed a farm. The parents of our  subject induced him to remain on the home farm, rebuild the  dwelling and improve the place, the elder Harshbarger desiring to  retire from active life. He accordingly remodeled and enlarged  the old home, installing modern heating and lightin gplants and  many of the convenieces not usually found in the country.

The mother of our subject was called to her eternal rest June  17, 1899, and the father continued making his home with son,  George W, until Mrs. DAVIDSON,  sister of our subject, was left a widow, in 1908 whereupon the  father went to live with her. Since that time, our subject has  had full charge of the farm where he now lives.
He is the owner of 615 acres, all in close proximity of his  home, all well improved and well kept, and here general farming  and stock raising are carried on extensively, a specialty being  made of all kinds of high grade livestock. On the place is to be  seen many good barns and other outbuildings. Mr. Harshbarger,  wife and children belong to the Christian Church at Ladoga. Ever  since the Fair Association was organized our subject has been a  member and has done much for its success. He is a member of the  Masonic Order at Ladoga, and he and his wife belong to the Order  of Eastern Star.

Mr. and Mrs. Harshbarger have 3 children: Earl  M, born Sept 14, 1885, Marty Ethel born  Oct 29, 1886, Everett born Aug 25, 1894. Earl  was married in 1908 to Mabel Thompson BATMAN, a  daughter of Dr. W. F. Batman, a sketch of whom  appears elsewhere in this work. Both Earl and his wife are  graduates of the Ladoga HS, and the former attended Wabash and  Purdue, and his wife attended NW University at Chicago.  Earl Harshbarger is engaged in the insurance and  real estate business in Ladoga and is also successfully operating  a 120 acre farm of his father's. Ethel  Harshbargeris a graduate of LHS, and later attended  Northwestern University; she was married in Sept 1909 to  Richard Dean SQUIRES, a native of Ky, and for  several years engaged in teaching in Indiana and was quite  successful. 15 months before his marriage he was chosen  Superentendant of Ladoga schools, which position he held two  years. He is now Superintendant of schools at Carlisle, Nicholas  Co, KY. To this union has been born a daughter, Eva Dean  Squires, now about two years old.

Everett Harshbarger is in his Sr. year at  LHS. He will later enter the agricultural college of Purdue  University.

George W. Harshbarger is a man of public  spirit, but never an office seeker. He was active in procuring  the services of a farm expert to assist in planning and directing  farm work in an intelligent, up-to-date manner in Clark Twp. All  movements caluculated to better the township in any way have in  him an ardent supporter, and he and his family are deserving of  the high esteem in which they are universally held.
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