El Dorado County
††††††††††† †† †Oswald Hardie is the marshal and ex-officio tax collector of the city of Placerville.† Although a native of Scotland, El Dorado County has no more loyal or patriotic resident.† He was born August 3, 1835, and belonged to an old family of the lowlands.† His father, Thomas Hardie, was a native of the same country and was married there to Miss Ellen McPherson, by whom he had twelve children.† In 1852 they crossed the Atlantic, becoming residents of the new world.† In Illinois they made their home until 1857, when they came to El Dorado County, California, but subsequently the father removed to San Luis Obispo County, this state, where he died at the advanced age of eighty-four years.† His wife died soon after their arrival in the United States, in the fiftieth year of her age.† Six of their children are still living.
††††††††††† Mr. Hardie, of this review, obtained his education in the schools of Scotland and before leaving his native land he learned the tailorís trade.† In 1851, when a lad of sixteen years, he bade adieu to home and friends and took passage on the ship Junior of Glasgow, commanded by Captain Turner.† They met with strong head winds and the passage was a very stormy one:† thirteen weeks and four days passed before they reached the American harbor.† Mr. Hardieís elder brother had preceded him to the lead mines at Galena, Illinois, and there our subject joined him, working in the lead mines until 1857, when he became a resident of California, making the journey hither by way of the Isthmus route.† Two of his brothers had already come to this state and Mr. Hardie was accompanied by his sister.† He proceeded to Grizzly Flats, where the family owned mine interests, and he there engaged in a search for the precious metal for a number of years, meeting with fairly good success.† When the great Civil War burst upon the country and the stability of the Union was threatened by the attempt at secession in the south, he enlisted in the First California Volunteer Infantry and served in New Mexico and Texas, taking part in the warfare against the Indians.† His term of service expired on the 1st of January, 1864, and he then re-enlisted in the First Veteran Volunteer Camp of California and served until he was honorably discharged at San Francisco, on the 31st of December, 1866.† He was promoted from the ranks and filled the position of orderly sergeant during that last two years of his service.† He was engaged in a number of battles with the Apaches, in which quite a large number of the men of his regiment were killed; but he returned in safety.
††††††††††† Going to Placerville, Mr. Hardie was engaged in the operation of a sawmill for six years.† He also worked in the store of Wilcox & Brown, a large general mercantile establishment.† Subsequently he conducted the Sportsmenís Hall on the Carson road for five years.† In that enterprise he met with a fair degree of prosperity.† He has since done considerable prospecting and has been employed as night watchman at Placerville for fourteen years.† On the organization of the city he was chosen by his fellow townsmen to the office of marshal and ex-officio tax collector, and in those capacities he is now discharging his duty with credit to himself and satisfaction of all concerned.† He was elected on the 17th of April, 1900, and his course has shown that the confidence reposed in him was well placed.
††††††††††† Mr. Hardie was united in marriage in 1868 to Mrs. Margaret Lansey, a widow, and they now have three children:† Agnes, William and David.† In 1887 his wife died, and two years later he married Harriet Slocum.† He is a prominent and active member of the Grand Army of the Republic and has filled all of the offices of the post, having been its commander for eight terms.† He is a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a citizen of sterling worth who has many warm friends in Placerville and the surrounding country.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.