Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 131

In the preparation of this work there is no more pleasurable duty to perform than to record the biography of those “square built,” men who are physically, morally and intellectually described by the above term, and of which Mr. Hardin furnished a marked example. Free from all pride, show and pretense, whose sense of duty, is his law, whose word is his bond, the stay and foundation of any government is in the conscientious integrity of the masses composing “the people.”

Mr. Hardin was born in Maryland, Dec. 12, 1819, and in his earlier years his education was to labor, and not in books, having received by six months schooling previous to his removal to Illinois, in 1839, and only three months after that time.

His parents are not being in affluent circumstances, he worked during the summers, thus laying the foundation of his present fine constitution, and, in the winters, when farm labor was not to be obtained, he applied himself to mental improvement, with eminent success.

I often see the great misfortune many young men are compelled to endure, the misfortune that they were not born poor men’s sons, and to earn their own subsistence.

On his first removal to Illinois, in 1839, he located in Greene county; was married in 1842. He located in Mason county, in 1845, on Field’s Prairie, near the village of Kilbourne, where he now resides.

For thirty-eight years he has been identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and one of its substantial columns.

Mr. Hardin’s religious views partake of the same general characteristics as his business matters, that is, whatever he finds worth doing at all, in worth doing well. Now bring advanced in years, possessed of a competency of this world’s goods, enjoying general good health, few men have greater reason to anticipate a pleasanter future, or more years of permanent enjoyment for some time to come.

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