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David Louis Harden

Male 1857 - 1927  (69 years)


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  • Name David Louis Harden 
    Born 22 July 1857  Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Paper hanger 
    Died 9 January 1927  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 11 January 1927  Newaygo Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage License Records from Medina County, Ohio:

      Marriage License
      David L. Harden of Richland County having made application for a MARRIAGE LICENSE for himself and Dora E. Hitchcock of said county, and being duly sworn, on his oath, says he is of the age of twenty-one years, that he has no wife living, and that said Dora E. Hitchcock is of the age of 18 years, that she has no husband living, and that the parties are not nearer than second cousins, as he verily believes.
      Subscribed and sworn to, the 25th day of September, 1880,
      Albert Mason, Probate Judge
      David L. Harden

      1884 Census, Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan, David and Dora are living next to his parents Samuel H. and Sarah Harden. Both are 26. George is seven months old and was born in Michigan. Both David and Dora are listed as having been born in Ohio. David’s parents were born in Pennsyvania. Dora’s mother was born in Ohio and her father in Vermont or Virgina.

      According to daughter Ida Frances Harden’s obituary, the Harden family moved from Newaygo to Medina Ohio from about 1890 to 1899.

      22 February 1900, “Local and General News,” Newaygo Republican:
      “Get Harden’s prices on wall paper before you buy, at Gauweiler’s.” and, “See Harden and get prices on wall paper, window shades, room molding and paints.”

      1900 Federal Census. Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan
      David was 45, born in July 1857, and a house painter. Dora was 44 and was born in May, 1856. He was born in Ohio and she in Indiana. His father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Virginia. Her parents were both born in Ohio. They have been married 19 years and own their own home. George J. was born December 1883, Ida F. in July 1887, Donna J. in June 1892 and Carl b. at February 1898. George and Ida were born in Michigan and Donna and Carl in Ohio.
      David’s sister Sylvia Daniel’s family is listed on the same census page

      Newaygo Republican, “Local and General News,” 2 May 1901:
      “D.L. Harden is repapering Gleason’s drug store and making it shine like a bottle.”

      Newaygo Republican, “Local and General News,” 18 July 1901:
      ”D.L. Harden is suffering with a severe attack of la grippe.”

      6 March 1902, Newaygo Republican, “Local and General News”:
      “D. L. Harden is in Big Prairie township this week, finishing the inside of Township Treasurer Charles P. Dunham’s splendid new house with paint and paper, and also doing some decorating in Supervisor Haight’s new home.”

      29 May 1902, Newaygo Republican, “Real Estate Transfers”:
      “Fred W. Riblet and wife to David L. Harden blk 101 Newaygo -- $204.”

      17 July 1902, Newaygo Republican, “Additional Local News”:
      “D. L. Harden is painting the residence of Spafford Shear of Everett this week.”

      15 June 1905, “Local News,” Newaygo Republican:
      “George F. Cook of Grove was in town on Tuesday last and took D. L. Harden home with him to do some paper hanging and painting. Mr. Cook is looking in much better health.”

      22 March 1906, Newaygo Republican, “Local News”:
      “D. L. Harden made a business trip to Grand Rapids Tuesday, returning yesterday.”

      23 August 1906, “Local News,” Newaygo Republican:
      “D. L. Harden went to Grand Rapids Monday and returned Tuesday, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Sara A. Harden who will remain here for some time.”

      18 October 1906, “Local News,” Newaygo Republican:
      “D. L. Harden has just completed the painting and paper hanging on the interior of Mr. McPhail’s house. Mr. McPhail has been making extensive repairs and when he gets the cement on the exterior of his house he will have as comfortable a residence as there is on the pike from here to Croton.

      1910 Federal Census. Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan
      Roll T624_666, page 8A
      East Street, Newaygo Village
      David L. Harden, head, 52, m. 29 years, b. OH, parents b. PA, paper hanger, general work
      Dora E. Harden, wife, 53, m. 29 years, 6 children, 3 living, b. IN, father b. OH, mother b. PA
      Donna Harden, daugheter, 17, b. OH, father b. OH, mother b. IN
      Carl H. Harden, son, 12, b. ditto
      Sarah A. Harden, mother, 74, widowed, 8 children, 6 living, b. PA, parents b. PA

      1912 and 1913 Newaygo County Circuit Court Records. These Records indicate that Dora E. Harden began divorce proceedings against David Harden on 9 February, 1912. David was served with a supeona at that time. He did not appear. Circuit court records for 26 April 1912 state, “Personal service of a Supeona was made upon defendant Feby 9, 1912 by R. B. Hall deputy Sherriff of said County as appears by the return of said officer now on file in this Court, and Cause that the default of said defendant for want of an appearance was entered April 26, 1912. That defendent Stated to Affiant that he would never live with complainant again and would give her one half of all his real estate for her support. That the witnesses for complainant are sacattered some living in Newaygo and some in Grand Rapids and all are busy at work and there fore it would be not only very inconvenient for them to attent a session of Court in White Cloud, but also expensive.”

      Three depositions were taken, all three indicated David was verbally abusive, one indicated he was also physically abusisve. Donna June Harden, testified as follows,: (Note, the stenographer taking notes is an uncertain speller).

      “My age is twenty years. My Brother Carl is fifteen year’s old, my occupation is school teacher. I am now teaching school in the township of Ensly, Newaygo Co. Mich. I have a vacation this week, next week I will commence teaching again and will busy for the next twelve weeks and could not get away to testify. My testimony must be taken this week if (it) is to be used.
      “The parties in this case are my Father and my Mother. I have been away from home most of the time for the last three years part of the time teaching part of the time going to school before that I lived at home all of the time. I know as far back as I can remember my Father has ben verry unreasonable toward my Mother and for the past four or five years he has been growing worse scolding her without cause. I have heard him use rough and violent language toward her I prefer not to use the language he did. I frequently remanstrated with and told him he was wrong in his actions it wasent often he would listen to me sometimes he would say it was my Mother’s fault.
      “It was verry seldam I cold see where she was to blame he is verry overbaring and tirnical tauward my mother and has ben so for five or six years (maybe longer) or as long as I can remeber and seams to bee growing worse they cirtenly can not live togather unless he changes his disposition.”
      Question from the Judge: “Do you know of eny fact matter or circumstance whitch would in enyway tend to wreak complaints case for Divorce if so State the same partickulary and fuly.”
      Answer: “I do not. I think she had ought to have a Divorce.” Signed, Donna J. Harden

      On 14 April 1913, Albert G. Day, Dora’s attorney, writes to the Hon. Joseph Barton the Circuit Court Judge in Big Rapids who will decide the divorce case:

      Dear Sir.
      In (the) above case (Harden vs. Harden) I enclose the decree which I think the evidence justifies and think is proper.
      Would you please examine proofs taken and submitted at last term, and I think you will say that his decree is proper.
      Yours,
      A. G. Day
      P.S. I think the evidence and certificate cover every objection and suggestion that could be offered and I say, candidly, that oil and water cannot mix, and it is so with these parties.


      FINAL DIVORCE DECREE: (D-356)
      STATE OF MICHIGAN
      THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF NEWAYGO IN CHANCERY

      Dora E. Harden, complaintant

      vs.

      David L. Harden, Deft.

      At a session of said court held at the Court House in the Village of White Cloud in said County on the 21 st day of April A.D. 1913:

      Present, Hon. Joseph Barton, Circuit Judge

      This cause came on to be heard upon the Bill of Complaint taken as conferred, after personal service of a supoena to appear and answer for want of such appearance, and proofs taken before a special Commplainer appointed by the court, and after duly considering the same, it appearing to the Court now here that the defendant is guilty of the various acts charged in the bill of Complaint and that it is impossible to effect a reconciliation between the parties to this case, and that it is for the best interests of both parities that they should be divorced, it is ordered, adjudged and decreed, and this court by virtue of the power and authority therein visited doth order, adjudge and decree as follows:
      First:
      That the marriage between the complainant Dora E. Harden and the defendant David L. Harden be dissolved and the same is hereby dissolved accordingly and each of said parties is forever freed from the obligations of said marriage.
      Second:
      That the said Dora E. Harden shall be and is hereby visited with a sure and indefeaseable title, in fee simple, of all those pieces of land in the County of Newaygo State of Michigan known and described as the East half of the West half of the South East Quarter of the South West Quarter of Section Nineteen (19) in town Twelve (12) North of Range Twelve (12) west, containing Ten acres of land, also Block One hundred and Nine (109) of the Village of Newaygo in said County, except a strip six rods in width of the South Westerly side thereof, which property and the title thereto shall be taken and received by her in full satisfaction of all claim she may now have or may hereafter have for dower, or alimony against said David L. Harden, in any property which said David L. Harden now owns, or may hereafter own, or in which he now had, or may hereafter have any interest.
      Third:
      All the household furniture and other personal property now in the house upon said premises shall by the sole property of said Dora E. Harden.
      Fourth:
      That the said David L. Harden shall pay the mortgage now upon the real estate above mentioned in order that the said complainant may have an unincumbered title thereto.

      Marriage License Announcement: Grand Rapids Press, 22 September 1916, Page 22.
      David L. Harden, Ida R. Miner. He was 59 and she was 43.

      Kent County Marriage License records have David L. Harden marrying Ida R. Bailey Miner on 28 Sep 1916 in Grand Rapids. He was born in Loudenville, Ohio and she in Kent County, MI. He is 59 and a paperhanger, she is 42 and not employed. He has been married once and she twice. His parents are Samuel H. Harden and Sarah A. Grubaugh and hers are Ansel E. Bailey and Rilla A. Patterson. They were married by Roy C. Lord, clergyman, with Mr. and Mrs. William Barlow as witnesses.

      1920 Federal Census. Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
      Roll 778, page 2B
      517 1/2 Jefferson Avenue
      David Harden, head, 62, b. OH, parents b. MI, paper hanger
      Ida Harden, wife, 45, b. MI, father b. NY, mother b. MI
      Hazel Minor, daughter, 13, b. MI, parents b. MI
      Dorothy Minor, daugher, 7, b. ditto
      Olive Minor, daughter, 4, b. ditto
      Arthur Harden, son, 2 years 5 months, b. MI, parents b. MI

      Says Local Men Heirs to Fortune
      Henry Harrison, Agent of English Estate, States Hardens Get $160,000
      Grand Rapids Press, March 18, 1922, page 1
      That two Grand Rapids residents, D.L. Harden and S.J. Harden and also Harold H. Harden of Sparta have come into a fortune rated at approximately $160,000, is the statement made by Henry Harrison, whose home is near Sault Ste. Marie and who is an agent interested in the settlement of estates. The other heirs, according to Mr. Harrison, are Inez Zolver of Craigmon, Ida., Rose B. Kincaid, Mabton, Wash., and Sylvia Daniels whose address is not know but it is believed she lives in Detroit.
      The estate comes from great-uncles in England. Two of them are dead. There are two others living. It is expected the inheritance left by the two dead uncles will be apportioned to the heirs in a short time.

      Brothers Take Calmly News of English Fortune
      Grand Rapids Press, March 20, 1922, page 2
      Stories of English fortunes to which they may be heirs, as told in a story in the Press Saturday, failed to excite Samuel J. Harden 815 Oakdale-av., and David L. Harden, 517 1/2 Jefferson -av, brothers, when they were informed of the fact.
      “I’m going out on my regular lodge work trip as usual and let English fortunes take care of themselves until I receive official notice to collect my share,” said Samuel Harden who is district deputy of the Modern Woodmen of America. “Our ancestors left England nine generations ago,” he said, “I have heard tales of paternal anger which drove out a son and his unwelcome bride. The couple and their descendants lived in Ireland, Switzerland and Germany. My grandfather and father came from Germany to Pennsylvania.”
      David Harden, who engages in the wallpaper business, likewise was calm when informed of the news that he would get a fortune from England. A third brother, Harold H. Harden of Sparta, admitted he felt somewhat excited over prospects of a fortune, but he said he guessed he’d keep on with his job in the factory until he knew something more definite.”

      Grand Rapids City Directory 1924
      David L. Harden, decorator, h 517 1/2 Jefferson av SE

      Death certificate number 38 Kent County, Michigan states that David Lewis Harden died of uremia on January 9, 1927 in Grand Rapids. He was born in Ohio, a painter and his parents were Samuel Harden and Sarah Grubeck. He was 69 years, five months and eight days old at his death.

      Newaygo Cemetery
      Dora E. Harden, buried 1/2/1916. Plot: Section H, Lot 179, Grave 5
      David Harden, buried 1/19/1927. Plot: Section H, Lot 179, Grave 1
      Baby Harden. Plot: Section H, Lot 179, Grave 1
      Raymond Lewis Harden. Plot: Section H, Lot 179, Grave 1
    Person ID I18816  Schirado
    Last Modified 25 September 2016 

    Father Samuel Harrison Harden,   b. 11 January 1836, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 August 1901, Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Sarah Ann Grubaugh,   b. 28 August 1835, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 July 1917, Grand Rapids Township, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 14 December 1854  Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Family ID F4595  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Dora Etta Hitchcock,   b. 20 May 1856, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 December 1915, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 26 September 1880  Medina, Medina County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 21 April 1913  Newaygo, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Raymond Louis Harden,   b. 13 August 1881, Independence Richland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 September 1883, Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     2. George Harrison Harden,   b. 1 December 1883, Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 July 1956, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Infant Son Harden,   b. 5 December 1885, Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 1885, Newaygo Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Ida Frances Harden,   b. 25 July 1887, Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 November 1904, Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    +5. Donna June Harden,   b. 27 June 1892, Medina, Medina County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 April 1973, Sparta, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     6. Carl Brewster Harden,   b. 20 February 1898, Medina, Medina County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 July 1915, Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    Family ID F4452  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Ida Rose Bailey,   b. 17 January 1874, Paris Township, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 January 1959, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 28 September 1916  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Arthur E. Harden,   b. 15 July 1917, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 April 1957, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Family ID F4721  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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