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The Harder, Reed & Williams Families of Kansas

Updated November 9, 2000

Tami Hogoboom

I am researching my great-grandparents and their families.

John Harder was born Johannes Harder in the Danzig, West Prussia area in 1854. He married Marie Regier in Leske, N. Germany on May 26, 1876. Their honeymoon was spent on the SS Rhineland emigrating to America. They settled in the Whitewater-Brainerd area in Butler Co., KS as part of a large Mennonite community. John and Marie had six children. After Marie's death, he married her sister, Katherine. They had three more children. John died in 1940 in Butler Co., KS.

Walter Reed was possibly born in Chariton Co., MO in 1878. He married Bertha Anna Lopshire in Salina, KS. on Dec. 26, 1905. He disappeared in Oklahoma in the 1920's, leaving behind his wife and eight children. Bertha Anna Reed died in 1954 in Bartlesville, OK.

Charles W. Williams was born on Nov. 15, 1880. He married Laura, the daughter of Jonas Louis Lawson and Mary Emma James. They had three children. He died in 1931 in Greenwood Co., KS.

I would appreciate any information on these families. I will be happy to share anything that I have with other researchers.

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  • John W. and Margaret Harder (18 KB)
    These pictures of my grandparents were taken in the early 1930's. My grandfather is John Willie Harder. My grandmother is Margaret Doris Fenimore.
  • Four Generations of John Harder's (15 KB)
    John Harder, Sr., born in 1854; John Harder, Jr., born January 28, 1881; John Willie Harder, born December 1, 1906; John Lloyd Harder, born April 16, 1932. This picture was taken about 1933.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Harder, Jr. (14 KB)
    John Harder, Jr. and Maria Claassen; married August 4, 1903.
  • John Harder, Sr. & Katherine Regier Harder (5 KB)
    John and Katherine Harder, silver wedding anniversary, 1912.
  • Harder Homestead (8 KB)
    John and Katherine Harder, Sr., homeplace, 2 1/2 miles east of Whitewater, KS. (1/2 mile west of Brainerd). The land was bought in 1876. This house was built about 1912. The picture was taken between 1915 and 1920.
  • Deed to the Harder homestead, page 1 (330 KB)
    This is a copy of page 1 of the original deed to the Harder homestead issued in 1876.
  • Deed to the Harder homestead, page 2 (202 KB)
    This is a copy of page 2 of the original deed to the Harder homestead, issued in 1876.

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