CHARLES L. HARDMAN.
There are many in Iowa who are interested in raising the standard of stock and who are doing much along that line
and among these must be named Charles L. Hardman, a resident of Knoxville, who owns a quarter section of land eight
miles north of the city and there engages in the breeding of high grade draft horses. He keeps Percheron, Belgian
and Shire horses and owns three of the best stallions in the county. His best Shire horse has taken premiums at
various Iowa State Fairs and has taken the sweepstake several times in Illinois.
Mr. Hardman was born in Ritchie county, Virginia, now a part of West Virginia, September 24, 1854, a son of Asbury
Poole and Thankful Ann (Goff) Hardman, who spent their entire lives there. The father farmed near Frederick's Mill
and died at his home in Ritchie county in July, 1903. In his family were eleven children, five daughters and six
sons who grew to maturity besides two who died in infancy. Charles L. Hardman has one sister in this county, Mrs.
Joseph Hardman, the great grandfather of our subject, was born in Germany about 1750 and as a young man emigrated
to America with relatives and friends. About 1773 he arrived in Baltimore and a year later went to Georgetown,
Maryland. He married Miss Dorcas Riddel and settled near the Washington estates, becoming personally acquainted
with George Washington. During the Revolution he served in the Continental army. Subsequently he removed to Fredericksburg,
Virginia, and there engaged in the butcher business for several years, after which he went to Randolph county,
Virginia, and after a short stay there removed to Gilmer county, where he remained for years and where he probably
died. Two of his sons, James and Benjamin Hardman, married daughters of Thomas and Phoebe Cunningham, who were
the first settlers in the vicinity of Frederick's Mill. The subject of this review is a grandson of James and Phoebe
(Cunningham) Hardman. The grandfather was born in the Old Dominion, November 14, 1795, and at the age of eighteen
he enlisted as a soldier in the War of 1812, taking his father's place and remaining in the service for a year.
He was a lay minister of the Methodist Episcopal church and gave the land for the cemetery and church in West Virginia
which bears his name, Hardman's Chapel. In 1816 he was married to Miss Cunningham, who was born in Lewis county,
Virginia, August 10, 1795, and died at their home near Hardman's Chapel, July 3, 1871. Mr. Hardman survived her
for three years, passing away in 1874. Many prominent men in various parts of the country are descendants of this
old Virginia family.
The boyhood of Charles L. Hardman was passed in the locality where he was born and there he remained until a youth
of nineteen years, when he came to Iowa. For some time he followed the carpenter's trade and gained a reputation
as an excellent workman. He first arrived in Marion county in March, 1874, and remained here six years, after which
he removed to McPherson county, Kansas, where he lived until December, 1891, when he came again to this county,
and he has ever since made it his home. He resided upon his farm of one hundred and twenty acres of fine land four
and one half miles southeast of Knoxville until March, 1908, when he removed to his present residence in the city.
While living in the country he raised stock but not so extensively as he has done since removing to Knoxville.
For the last five years he has concentrated his attention upon the breeding of blooded draft horses, raising all
of the standard draft breeds, including Percheron, Belgian and Shire horses. He has three of the finest stallions
in the county and his English Shire horse has not only taken many premiums at Iowa State Fairs, but has also taken
the sweepstake at the Illinois State Fair. He is widely known as a successful breeder of horses and finds sale
for his 'animals over a wide territory. In 1913 he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land eight miles north
of Knoxville, where he now carries on operations.
Mr. Hardman was married in this county on the 21st of September, 1875, to Miss Euradice Welch, a daughter of Nimrod
and Elizabeth (Moore) Welch, both natives of Washington county, Pennsylvania, where they were married in 1840.
Four of their children were born there but in 1849 the family removed to Mahaska county, Iowa, where Mrs. Hardman
was born. In 1853 they came to Marion county, settling in Knoxville township upon a farm four and one half miles
southeast of the city of Knoxville. Both passed away there, the father in 1895, at the age of eighty years and
six months, and the mother on the 11th of August, 1862, at the age of forty eight years. He was a farmer by occupation
and they were Presbyterians in religious faith and held the respect of their fellowmen in full measure. Seven of
their children reached maturity, the six besides Mrs. Hardman being: Mrs. Margaret Bowman, of Little Falls, Minnesota;
Mrs. Mary Loynachan, of San Diego, California; Watson H., who died many years ago at Council Bluffs, this state;
Robert M., a representative farmer who passed away in this county in 1906; D. Oscar, of Sioux City, Nebraska; and
William A., of Florida. A daughter, Sarah J., died in 855, when a girl of thirteen years. Mrs. Hardman was educated
in the common schools of Iowa and for a few years prior to her marriage was a teacher.
Mr. and Mrs. Hardman are Presbyterians and he has served as elder for the last thirty years. His political allegiance
is given to the republican party as he believes its principles most conducive to general and permanent prosperity.
Fraternally he is affiliated with the Odd Fellows lodge at Knoxville and also the encampment. Both he and his wife
belong to the Rehekahs. He has achieved notable success in the breeding of fine horses and has the satisfaction
of knowing that he has not only gained personal prosperity and an enviable reputation in his line, but has also
aided in raising the standard of stock throughout this section of Iowa. He is popular as a man, his many friends
holding him in warm regard because of his open heartedness and strict integrity.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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