|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1849|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1932|
The days of our years are three-score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength, labor and sorrow; for is soon cut off, and we fly away.
And so after more than fourscore years, quietly without a murmer, just simply closing his eyes in sleep, John Harter, son of Reason and Hannah Harter passed peacefully away at his home on the morning of January 5, 1932 at the age of 82 years and 27 days.
On July 31, 1873 he was united in marriage to Hannah Wilkinson. To this union were born five sons and two daughters. One son Willie, died when only a small boy. Also the oldest daughter, Mrs. Leona Grabill left the family circle June 12, 1904. Leaving four boys Norman, Orville, Elmer and Claude and one daughter Mrs. Clara Rogers, all of Henry county.
Having been born near the Henry and Wayne County line, near Petersburg, he spent his entire life in these two counties. Much of this boyhood days having been spent in the locality of Nettle Creek north of Hagerstown. Here he attended school in a little log house.
Mr. Harter's latter years were spent in Henry County, and while living on the Dr. Boor farm, now on State Road 3, he with his wife accepted the teachings of Christ and united with the U.B Church in that community. Later when they moved to his present home they moved their membership to the Messick U.B. Church.
Since the death of his wife on Dec. 3, 1920, Mr. Harter has lived in his own home and with his daughter, Mrs. Rogers living in the adjoining home, who cared ever so faithfully for her father and his home.
Uncle John, as he was familiarly known, was in excellent health for a man of his age, until two years ago last June when he had the misfortune to fall and fracture his hip. Since then he has been confined to his home a greater part of the time. A diseased heart added much to his failing health, which was the immediate cause of his passing.
Mr. Harter could not be excelled in his honesty and loyalty as a father, neighbor and friend.
He was of a jovial disposition always meeting his aquaintances with a cheery word and smile.
A sister, Mrs. John McCleland of Shideler is the only surviving member of his family.
Besides his daughter and sons, ten granchildren and seven great grandchildren will always hold in mind the cherished thoughts of grandpa.
Jobe Haskett the constant, patient and kind nurse will always have a heartfelt sympathy for the family and Uncle John for he learned to love them as they did him.
Every day is a fresh beginning
Every morn is a world made new;
He who was weary of sorrow and waiting,
Knows a beautiful hope that is true.
All the past things are past and over,
The tasks are done, and tears shed;
A new day is born for Father
He's resting, we can't say he's dead.
Source: Courier Times, New Castle, Indiana
Created by: Andrea Oakes
Record added: May 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26794880
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