Christ H. Harder is one of the highly respected and successful agriculturists of Sheboygan county. He was born in Germany, November 3, 1851, and is the son of Joachim and Mary (Barteen) Harder, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father with his family emigrated to the United States and in 1875 settled in Sheboygan Falls township on the farm which is now owned by his son Christ. He continued to be engaged in agricultural pursuits for many years but later in life disposed of his property and retired from business, residing with his son John until the time of his death, in 1892, the mother passing away in 1907. There are four living members of their family, as follows: Christ, the subject of this review; Joachim, who is married and is engaged in farming near Plymouth; John, who is also married and is engaged in farming near Sheboygan Falls; and Mrs. Mary Kroeger, of Sheboygan Falls.
Christ H. Harder was reared in his parents' home and educated in the public schools of his native land. In company with his parents he emigrated to America when he was a young man and at once engaged in farming, a vocation which he has ever since followed. He first invested in a farm of twenty acres which he successfully cultivated and later by additional purchase he increased his holdings until he now owns a total of two hundred acres of excellent Sheboygan county farm land, two miles north of Sheboygan Falls. This fine farm he has brought to a very high state of cultivation and it is recognized as one of the most valuable properties in his part of the county.
On December 20, 1875, Mr. Harder was united in marriage to Miss Frederica Bull, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bull, both of whom are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs, Harder eight children were born, six of whom are still living: Lizzie, who is now the wife of August Fenner, a farmer of Sheboygan township; August; Rudolph; Bertha, who is the wife of Herman Schlichling, a farmer of Sheboygan Falls township; Louis; and Anna, who is the wife of Otto Herring of Sheboygan Falls township. .Mr. Harder is well known throughout Sheboygan county and is everywhere highly respected for his integrity in business transactions and for the uprightness of his character and his enterprising qualities as a valued and useful citizen of the state and county in which he lives.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL