Hardin Water Tower

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History of New Hardin

Harvey and Jane Happy sold 79 acres of land in Sec. 33, T 52, Range 26 to Thomas J. Porter and wife for $3000.00 on May 30, 1867. From part of this land the plat of the town of Hardin was laid out in 1868. The plat was described as “On the west branch North Missouri railroad SW1/4 Sec. 33, T 52, R 26.” The first plat shows the first owners to be: William J. and Julia A, Shaw, James and Elvira Hughes, Marshall M. and Sarah M. Spurlock, Thomas and Lucinda McGinnis, Thomas J. and Sarah E. Porter and Silas R. Crispin. The deed was executed on January 16, AD 1869. Charles R. Shrewsburg, Justice of the Peace, signed the document four streets were named -Olive, Elm, Front and Pine. Hardin was incorporated in October 1870.

The Silas Crispin house was the first to be built John R. Reyburn built it on Lots 4, 5 and 6 in Block 4 on Elm Street. The house was made of lumber sawed in the vicinity of the local mill. It had oak framework, was mortised and pinned together with wooden pins. The nails used were square. Frank Gosney and family occupied this house in late years. Then in recent years the house was torn down and a new one built by Miss Wilma Summers.

B. B. Babcock was the first mayor in 188L Lewis H. Noble was marshal and James B. Procter was postmaster and druggist in 1881. James T. McGinnis was sheriff. C. W. Clampitt taught the first school in Hardin. He had seventy-five pupils and he received $75.00 a month. The first death in Hardin was William Hunt in 1870. Rev. F, Bone of the Methodist Church South was the first minister. Dr. Berry Hughes was the first doctor. Dr. A. H. Buchanan was brought from Kentucky by Dr. Hughes to assist him and later married his daughter, Laura. The life of a physician was strenuous as they rode horseback day and night on dirt roads that were often muddy.

The census of 1880 for Hardin had 247 persons. Crooked River Township had 1,883 persons. The 247 were included in the 1,883.

Hardin is unique in many respects when we compare it with many other towns. The people are far- sighted and thrifty. They have traditionally been taught to live within their means. The people in general are law abiding. There is no jail in Hardin, There are no hovels and few people need public assistance. The general intelligence is high. Those who have graduated from high school usually go to college or seek higher learning in some way.

Climatic conditions are not extreme. Hardin enjoys a growing season of approximately 180 days. The average annual rainfall is 36.84 inches according to the records of the U. S. Weather Bureau. The January average temperature is 29 degrees and the August average is 79 degrees.

The town has people of financial stability. Many of them own farms and live in town. The town is not dependent upon “drop in” trade.

What will Hardin be like in a hundred years from now? Hardin could easily be a suburb of Kansas City. Educated people will make more demands for culture. On the other hand, the trend for pleasure madness as it is today, may make many changes in the churches.

Source: Hardin, Missouri: A Centennial History (1870-1970)