John Harder is one of the well known residents of Sheboygan Falls, where for many years he has followed the carpenters' trade and he has also taken an active interest in public affairs, and is now serving his second term as supervisor of that township. He is one of the enterprising citizens Germany has furnished this county and his natal day was the 1st of November, 1860. His parents, Joachim and Mary (Barteen) Harder, were born, reared and married in the old country, whence they emigrated to the United States with their family in 1875. The father was employed as a laborer until he came to America, following which he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He subsequently acquired a farm in Sheboygan county which he energetically cultivated until his death in 1893. He was survived by his wife, who passed away in 1907. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Harder, our subject being the third in order of birth. They are as follows: Christ, who is married and engaged in farming in Sheboygan Falls township; Joachim, a milk dealer in Plymouth, who is also married; John, of this sketch; Mary, the wife of Henry Kroeger, a retired farmer, of Sheboygan Falls; and Sophia," who died at the age of five years.
The first fifteen years in the life of John Harder were passed in his native country, where he began his education which was completed in the high school of Sheboygan Falls. He laid aside his text books when he was sixteen, and learned the carpenter trade, which he has ever since followed with very good success. As he is a skilled workman and thoroughly dependable and reliable in all matters of business he receives orders for all the work he has time to do and commands good wages. Mr. Harder has a small farm, comprising twenty-three and a half acres, which he cultivates in addition to following his trade. During the period of his ownership he has made extensive improvements on his farm, which not only is a very pleasant place of residence but nets him a good annual income.
In this country on the 23rd of November, 1887, Mr. Harder was married to Miss Annie Pauls, a daughter of John and Sophie Pauls, natives of Germany, where they both passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Harder there have been born three daughters and one son, as follows: Elsie; Alvina, who is a bookkeeper for Pranges at Sheboygan; Ida; and Harry, who is attending school. They are all living at home.
Fraternally Mr. Harder is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union, and he votes the democratic ticket. At the present time he is serving his second term as supervisor of Sheboygan Falls township, and he is also road master. He has always led an active, enterprising life, utilizing such opportunities as were presented to him to the best of his ability, and has been rewarded with a corresponding degree of prosperity. His high standards of citizenship and integrity in all matters of business, either in private or public life, have enabled him to win and retain the respect of his neighbors and fellow townsmen.
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