Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FRANK P. HARDIN. Born September
16, 1852, in Knox county, Tennessee, reared on a farm near Knoxville, where
he received a finished grammar school education, and where he himself taught
school for a time, Frank P. Hardin, in 1876, came to Hollister, California,
and took up work on a farm. Three years later he came by wagon to
Colfax, Washington, bought land and engaged in farming. In 1883 he
sold out and came to his present location where he settled on a tract of
unimproved land. His present holdings in real estate consist of thirteen
hundred acres of tillable land, and one hundred acres of timber and pasture,
all in one tract. His residence is a modern ten-room house, with
up-to-date conveniences. He has a large barn, a number of good outbuildings,
and all the modern implements, stock and farm equipments to be found nowadays
on the best regulated farms. Among his implements may be mentioned
one of some rarity,--a twenty-horse, sixteen-foot cut, combined harvester.
Mr. Hardin is the son of John and Sarah (Gallaher)
Hardin, natives of Tennessee. His grandfather, Benjamin Hardin, was
a veteran of the War of 1812. John Hardin lived and died on the old
Tennessee farm, his death occurring in 1863, in the fifty-fourth year of
his age. The mother also died in that year. Our subject was
the youngest of seven children, who, besides himself, were: Mrs. Mary Smith,
deceased; George, near Colfax; Amos M., in California; Mesdames Malvina
Prater and Ann Christian; and Joseph, still living in Tennessee.
Mr. Hardin was married to Mattie Rogers, born
and reared near Bloomington, Illinois, December 3, 1883. Mrs. Hardin
prior to her marriage had come west with her parents. To this union
three children were born, George, Richard M., and Tillie R., who were left
motherless by the death of Mrs. Hardin, January 17, 1895. She was
ever a devoted wife and mother, and a stanch member of the Presbyterian
Mr. Hardin was married a second time, January
27, 1897, to Julia Browder, a native of Loudon county, Tennessee, and daughter
of Samuel and Mary (Smith) Browder. Her father is still living in
Tennessee, but Mrs. Browder is dead. The second marriage of Mr. Hardin
has been blessed with two children, Oscar P., deceased, and Mary Ellen.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Hardin are members of the
Presbyterian church, and Mr. Hardin is a member of the I. O. O. F., which
society he joined in Knoxville twenty-eight years ago, of the K. of P.,
and of the W. O. W.