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Harm J. Haren

HAREN, ROSS

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/12/2011 at 13:39:12

HARM J. HAREN is a representative farmer of Grundy County, residing on section 9, Palermo Township. He claims Germany as the land of his birth, which occurred on the 11th of September, 1850. His parents were Johan and Ella Haren. In 1873 they left the Fatherland and crossed the broad Atlantic to America, taking up their residence in Grundy County upon the farm which is now the home of our subject. The father died the following year, but the mother is still living. Their family numbered five children, of whom four yet survive, three being residents of this county.

Mr. Haren of this sketch was educated in Germany, and there learned the blacksmith’s trade. At the age of eighteen he bade adieu to friends and native land, and took passage on a westward bound steamer, which bore him on his way to the New World, where he had determined to seek a home and fortune, as he believed the privileges here afforded were superior to the advantages of the Old Country. He made his first location in Ogle County, Ill., where he engaged in farming for two years, and in 1870 he came to Grundy County. Here he worked by the month as a farm hand for two years, after which he engaged in the operation of rented land until 1882, when with the capital he had acquired through industry, perseverance and economy, he purchased the farm which has since been his home.

In 1878 Mr. Haren was united in marriage with Miss Minnie C. Ross, a native of Germany, and a daughter of Garbrand Ross. The family came to America in 1862, and located in Ogle County, Ill., where they remained until 1876, when they came to Grundy County. Her mother is still living, but her father is now deceased. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Haren were born five children who are still living: John, Trina, Claus, Henry and Ella. They also lost two children: Ella, who died in 1886, and George, who died in 1890.

In politics Mr. Haren is a stalwart supporter of Democratic principles, and has served as one of the School Directors of his township. The greater part of his time and attention, however, is devoted to his business interests. He now owns eighty-eight and a-half acres of good land, which is under a high state of cultivation and well improved with a good frame residence, barns and other necessary buildings. He is meeting with prosperity, and has no occasion to regret that he carried out his determination to come to the United States.

Source:
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Jasper, Marshall and Grundy Counties, Iowa
1894


 

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