Warden, Harry (History - 1873)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

HARRY WARDEN (aka: Worden), proprietor of a good eighty-acre farm in Thorp Township, is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in Juneau County, Nov. 5, 1873, son of Reuben and Mary (Smart) Warden/Worden. The parents came to Clark County in the spring of 1874, Reuben Warden homesteading 160 acres of land in Thorp Township, and since then has made his home on several farms in this vicinity. For years he took a prominent part in local affairs, serving as supervisor of Thorp Township, as a member of the county board, and as clerk of the school board for a number of years. In politics he is a Republican. He and his wife have had eight children: Harry, subject of this sketch Guy, who resides in Eau Claire Jennie, wife of Louis Hakes, of Cornell, Wis. Charles, now in Shipley, Iowa Edward, Cornell, Wis. James, who resides on a farm at Cadott, Wis. Edna, who is a school teacher, and Lillian, wife of Walter Brenner, of Thorp. Harry Warden remained at home with his parents until reaching the age of 22 years, at which time he bought his present farm, consisting of eighty acres of then wild land. In 1899 he built the house, in 1904 the barn, 30 by 42 feet in size, and in 1913 a ninety-ton silo. He is breeding Holstein cattle, having a registered bull, and is milking fifteen cows. He also raises corn, oats, rye, potatoes and cabbages. Mr. Warden is a member of the Mystic Workers of the World (Eidsvold), having been through the chairs. In 1903 he was elected as clerk of the school board and is still serving in that office from 1908 to 1912 he served as justice of the peace, and since 1912 he has been township clerk.


Mr. Warden was married Aug. 25, 1895, to Martha Halvorson, who was born in Swift County, Minn., daughter of Jacob and Dorothy (Rosetter) Halvorson. Her parents came to this country from Norway when young folks, the father, who was a farmer, taking a homestead in Swift County, Minn., near Benson, and later moved to North Dakota, and in 1890 he moved to Wisconsin, where he died in 1907, at the age of 74 years, the mother dying in 1877. They had two children: Andrew, who owns a forty-acre farm joining the Warden farm, and Martha. Mr. and Mrs. Warden have eight children: Mabel, wife of Oscar Isenberger, of Burt, Iowa Howard and Harold, twins, who are working at bridge building Marjorie, who is teaching school, and Stella, who is attending high school at Stanley, and Olive, Guy and Theresa, who reside at home.



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