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Hardiman Family

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 09/28/2005

Descendants of Richard Hardiman

Generation No. 1

 

1. RICHARD1 HARDIMAN was born Abt. 1813 in Wittersham, Kent, England (Source: 1861 England Census, age 48.), and died Jun 1877 in Romney Marsh, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, Deaths, vol. 2a.). He married DINAH AUSTIN (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, Marriages, vol. 5.) Jun 1838 in Romney Marsh, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, Marriages, vol. 5.). She was born Abt. 1809 in Snave, Kent, England (Source: 1861 England Census, age 52.).

More About RICHARD HARDIMAN:

Occupation: 1861, Shepherd

Residence: 1861, Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, England

More About RICHARD HARDIMAN and DINAH AUSTIN:

Marriage: Jun 1838, Romney Marsh, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, Marriages, vol. 5.)

Children of RICHARD HARDIMAN and DINAH AUSTIN are:

2. i. ISOBEL DINAH2 HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1839, Brenzett, (Old) Romney Marsh, Kent, England; d. Abt. Oct 1910, Old Romney, Kent, England.

ii. GEORGE HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1841, Brenzett, Old Romney, Kent, England (Source: 1861 England Census, age 20.); d. Mar 1886, Romney Marsh, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, Deaths, vol. 2a.).

Notes for GEORGE HARDIMAN:

George may have traveled to America to visit his brothers then returned to England.

Name: George Hardiman

Arrival Date: 26 Aug 1871

Estimated Birth Year: 1842

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Port of Departure: Liverpool, England

Destination: United States of America

Place of Origin: England

Ship Name: Calabria

Port of Arrival: New York

Line: 38

Microfilm Roll: 347

List Number: 842

More About GEORGE HARDIMAN:

Occupation: 1861, Shepherd

Residence 1: 1881, North Lade House, Lydd, Kent, England

Residence 2: 1871, Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, England

iii. FLORA HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1843, Brenzett, Old Romney, Kent, England (Source: 1861 England Census, age 18.); d. Mar 1876 (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, deaths, vol. 2b.); m. FREDERICK ALFRED REEVE, Jun 1870, Rye, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Marriages, vol. 2b.).

More About FREDERICK REEVE and FLORA HARDIMAN:

Marriage: Jun 1870, Rye, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Marriages, vol. 2b.)

3. iv. STEPHEN (HARDMAN) HARDIMAN, b. 04 Dec 1844, Brenzett, (Old) Romney Marsh, Kent, England; d. Bet. 16 Jul - 10 Aug 1931, Lived with son Harry, in Merton, until his death.

4. v. ISAIAH (HARDMAN) HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1847, Brenzett, (Old) Romney Marsh, Kent, England; d. Mar 1936.

Generation No. 2

 

2. ISOBEL DINAH2 HARDIMAN (RICHARD1) (Source: Brian Hunt, Email 8/1/05, Isobel is 2nd Great Grandmother to Mr. Brian Hunt.) was born Abt. 1839 in Brenzett, (Old) Romney Marsh, Kent, England, and died Abt. Oct 1910 in Old Romney, Kent, England. She married JAMES ARTER Abt. 1860, son of THOMAS ARTHUR and ANN STEED. He was born 18 Oct 1835 in Ruckinge, Kent, England (Source: Brian Hunt.), and died Mar 1907 in Romney Marsh, Kent, England (Source: England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record, Deaths, vol. 2a.).

More About ISOBEL DINAH HARDIMAN:

Baptism: 30 Jun 1839, St. Eanswith, Brenzett, Kent (Source: Brian Hunt.)

Burial: Oct 1910, St. Clement, Old Romney, Kent, England (Source: Brian Hunt.)

Residence: 1851, Newchurch, Kent, England (Source: Brian Hunt.)

More About JAMES ARTER and ISOBEL HARDIMAN:

Marriage: Abt. 1860

Children of ISOBEL HARDIMAN and JAMES ARTER are:

i. EDWARD3 ARTER, b. Abt. 1860, New Romney, Kent, England; d. Abt. 01 Dec 1944, Summit Hospital, Waukesha, Wisconsin (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Nov 29, 1944 and Dec 6, 1944.).

Notes for EDWARD ARTER:

Edward/Theodore/Ted Arter may have been listed as Ed H. Arter,

departing Liverpool, Eng., then Queenstown, Ireland, arriving New York on

August 15, 1881, est. birth year is 1859; the ship was the City of Chester.

This would match him telling Sussex village folks here about the Great

Snow Storm of 1884.

More About EDWARD ARTER:

Baptism: 20 Aug 1860, St. Nicholas, New Romney, Kent England; Baptism number: 176 (Source: Brian Hunt.)

Occupation: 1881, Agricultural labourer

ii. MARY ANN ARTER, b. Abt. 1861, Ivychurch, Kent, England.

iii. ELIZABETH ARTER, b. Abt. 1863, Rye, Sussex, England.

iv. RICHARD HARDIMAN ARTER, b. Abt. 1865, Rye, Sussex, England; d. 1960, Etchinghill, Kent, England.

v. JAMES ARTER, b. Abt. 1868, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. 11 Jan 1890, Lydd Railway Station, Lydd, Kent, England; m. EMMA HARRIET HICKMAN.

More About JAMES ARTER:

Burial: Jan 1890, St. Clement, Old Romney, Kent, England

vi. ISABEL DINAH ARTER, b. Abt. 1869, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. 02 Feb 1957, Hythe, Kent, England.

vii. THOMAS ARTER, b. Abt. 1872, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. 20 Apr 1921, Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Notes for THOMAS ARTER:

According to Thomas' obit, Thomas has been a resident of Sussex for 29 years, indicating his arrival about 1890-1892.

viii. FRANK ARTER, b. Abt. 1875, Maidstone, Kent, England.

ix. GEORGE ARTER, b. Abt. 1877, Maidstone, Kent, England; d. 02 Jan 1953.

x. STEPHEN ARTER, b. Abt. 1879, Old Romney, Kent, England; d. Abt. 1939, Willesden, England.

3. STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2 HARDIMAN (RICHARD1) was born 04 Dec 1844 in Brenzett, (Old) Romney Marsh, Kent, England (Source: 1880 Federal Census, age 34. Waukesha Freeman 12/8/1927 article - he was 82 yrs old, celebrated birthday on Dec 4, 1927.England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 Record gives date of December 1844..), and died Bet. 16 Jul - 10 Aug 1931 in Lived with son Harry, in Merton, until his death. He married ANN ?. She was born Abt. 1847 in England.

Notes for STEPHEN (HARDMAN) HARDIMAN:

Stephen and Isaiah arrived together coming from Ireland but of English descent (the Episcopalian religion). Original name Hardman or Hardiman?

New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891

Name: Stephen Hardman

Arrival Date: 12 Jun 1871

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Port of Departure: Liverpool, England

Destination: United States of America

Place of Origin: Ireland

Occupation: Butcher

Ship Name: City Of Antwerp

Port of Arrival: New York

Line: 51

Microfilm Roll: 344

List Number: 526

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Romney Marsh

Created 1st July 1837.

Sub-districts : Lydd; New Romsey.

GRO volumes : V (1837-51); 2a (1852-1930).

Blackmanstone, Brenzett, Brookland, Burmarsh, Dymchurch, Eastbridge, Fairfield, Hope All Saints, Ivychurch, Lydd, Midley, Newchurch, New Romney, Old Romney, Orgarswick, St. Mary in the Marsh, Snargate, Snave, West Hythe.

More About STEPHEN (HARDMAN) HARDIMAN:

Emigration: 12 Jun 1871, Liverpool, England to New York

Occupation: 1861, Laborer

Residence 1: 15 Oct 1914, A. H. Fromm of Merton has moved to the Hardiman farm. Mr. Hardiman has moved to his place on the Pewaukee road, adjoining the Salsich farm. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Oct. 15, 1914.)

Residence 2: 1861, Old Romney, Kent, England

Residence 3: 13 Oct 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman spend time with daughter May Brown. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Oct. 13, 1910.)

Children of STEPHEN HARDIMAN and ANN ? are:

5. i. GEORGE3 HARDIMAN.

6. ii. ISABELLE "BELLE" HARDIMAN.

iii. IDA M. HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1875 (Source: 1880 Federal Census, age 4.).

iv. FLORA B. HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1877 (Source: 1880 Federal Census, age 2.).

7. v. WALTER S. HARDIMAN, b. Abt. 1879.

vi. RICHARD "DICK" HARDIMAN, b. 08 May 1881; d. Oct 1962, Illinois.

Notes for RICHARD "DICK" HARDIMAN:

Dick Hardiman, Chicago, guest of sister Mrs. Everette Brown, May 5, 1910

8. vii. HARRY STEPHEN HARDIMAN, b. 27 Jan 1886; d. Jun 1979, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

viii. MAY (MAE) HARDIMAN, b. 11 Oct 1890; d. Dec 1965; m. EVERETT BROWN, 04 Dec 1901, St. Alban's Epicopal Church, Sussex; d. Oct 1917, Lake Keesus, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Notes for MAY (MAE) HARDIMAN:

The marriage of May (Mae) Hardiman and Everett Brown was solemnized at St. Alban's church, Wednesday evening , Dec. 4 (1901). Rev. L. P. Holmes officiated. The young people are well known and a host of firends extended congratulations. Waukesha Freeman, December 5, 1901

Notes for EVERETT BROWN:

Drowned in Lake Keesus

Everett Brown of Sussex Meets Death While on Fishing and Hunting Expedition

Everett Brown of Sussex was drowned in Lake Keesus, seven miles from his home, Sunday evening about six o'clock. The unfortunate man was subject to epilleptic fits and one came upon him while he was out alone in a boat. His two brother-in-laws, Walter Hardiman and Will Palin, of Milwaukee, who accompanied him on his hunting and fishing expedition, were on the shore, no more than 40 feet away, but when Brown fell from the boat into the water they were unable to render him any assistance. His body did not rise and was not found until the following morning, when it was taken from the water about nine o'clock. Seachers had been out all night. The water was quite deep at the point where the drowning occurred. Mr. Brown was married but had

no children.

Cornoner Hill, who was called in the case, will hold an inquest at Sussex this (thursday) morning at ten o'clock.

Funeral services were held at the residence at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Waukesha Freeman, October 17, 1907

More About EVERETT BROWN:

Residence: 1906, Sussex, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin

More About EVERETT BROWN and MAY HARDIMAN:

Marriage: 04 Dec 1901, St. Alban's Epicopal Church, Sussex

Minister: Rev. L. P. Holmes

4. ISAIAH (HARDMAN)2 HARDIMAN (RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1847 in Brenzett, (Old) Romney Marsh, Kent, England, and died Mar 1936. He married ?. She died Bet. 10 - 22 Jan 1891.

Notes for ISAIAH (HARDMAN) HARDIMAN:

Merton - Isaiah Hardiman, formerly of Merton, died at the county home Wednesday. Mr. Hardiman, who was born in England, came to the United States in his youth (with his brother Stephen). He spent most of his life around Merton, and Sussex. He is survived by one son (only child), Henry Hardiman of Waukesha; five nephews and two nieces. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic temple, Sussex. He was a member of the Ashlar Masonic Lodge for 57 years. WF, Wednesday, March 18, 1936

His wife died abt Jan 15, 1891

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New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891

Name: Isaiah Hardman

Arrival Date: 12 Jun 1871

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Port of Departure: Liverpool, England

Destination: United States of America

Place of Origin: Ireland

Occupation: Butcher

Ship Name: City Of Antwerp

Port of Arrival: New York

Line: 50

Microfilm Roll: 344

List Number: 526

More About ISAIAH (HARDMAN) HARDIMAN:

Occupation: 1880, Butcher

More About ?:

Burial: St. Alban's Cemetery (God's Acre), Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Child of ISAIAH HARDIMAN and ? is:

9. i. HENRY R.3 HARDIMAN, b. 11 Jul 1887; d. Oct 1973.

Generation No. 3

 

5. GEORGE3 HARDIMAN (STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) He married ANN ? (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Aug. 23, 1917; Note: this may be a different woman and George Hardiman, since the couple was supposed to be living in Watertown in 1927. Source: WF April 21, 1927.) Mar 1917. She was born 25 Nov 1893, and died Feb 1980 in Watertown, Jefferson, Wisconsin (Source: Waukesha Freeman, 8/23/1917.).

Notes for GEORGE HARDIMAN:

George H.'s 24th wedding anniversary abt March 30, 1941

More About GEORGE HARDIMAN:

Residence: 21 Apr 1927, Watertown, Wisconsin (Source: Waukesha Freeman, April 21, 1927.)

More About GEORGE HARDIMAN and ANN ?:

Marriage: Mar 1917

Children of GEORGE HARDIMAN and ANN ? are:

i. RUBY4 HARDIMAN.

More About RUBY HARDIMAN:

Education: Sep 1939, Starting Junior yr at Univ of Wis. Madison, after two yrs at Northwestern at Watertown, Wisconsin (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Sept. 20, 1939.)

ii. JOYCE HARDIMAN.

Notes for JOYCE HARDIMAN:

More About JOYCE HARDIMAN:

Education: Jun 1941, Watertown High School, class of June 1941, as salutatorian. Waukesha Freeman, June 18, 1941

6. ISABELLE "BELLE"3 HARDIMAN (STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) She married WILLIAM "WILL" PALIN. He was born 1878 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Source: 1910 Federal Census, age 31.).

More About ISABELLE "BELLE" HARDIMAN:

Education: 1896, Normal School in Whitewater

Residence: Dec 1901, Couple had daughter and lived in Milwaukee

Notes for WILLIAM "WILL" PALIN:

Will Palin of California a caller in Sussex. Waukesha Freeman, June 18, 1941.

More About WILLIAM "WILL" PALIN:

Residence: 1910, Hartland, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Child of ISABELLE HARDIMAN and WILLIAM PALIN is:

i. ROSALIE4 PALIN.

7. WALTER S.3 HARDIMAN (STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1879 (Source: 1880 Federal Census, age 1.). He married EUNACE ELSIE WILEDEN, daughter of ALFRED WILEDEN and ANGELICA BROWN. She was born Abt. 1878.

Notes for WALTER S. HARDIMAN:

Three young men were arraigned in municipal court here today charged with stealing a flock of 30 chickens from Walter Hardiman, town of Lisbon famer. WF April 21, 1932

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Waukesha Freeman, November 6, 1935 - first mention of the "Hardiman Oils"; a bowling team playing in Pewaukee's Bowling Club.

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Ray Schroeder, who has driven truck for the Hardiman Oil company since their going into business several years ago, has severd his connection with the company and has accepted a position with the Pate Oil company of Waukesha. Waukesha Freeman, August 21, 1940

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The "Blue Shadows" orchestra played "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" at Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman's 40th Anniversary at St. Alban's Guild Hall on Sept. 26, 1940 at 8:30p.m.

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Walter had his wallet stolen at the Wisconsin Council of Agriculture in La Crosse along with three other men. Waukesha Freeman, November 19, 1941

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Hardiman Oil company named class A tire inspection center by OPA. Waukesha Freeman, December 23, 1942

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Hardiman Oil company entertained 18 employees and ? with a steak dinner at Brook hotel. Waukesha Freeman, November 24, 1943

More About WALTER S. HARDIMAN:

Life Events: Oct 1929, Had quantity of potatoes stolen at night; thieves hitting apple trees and potatoes in area. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Oct. 24, 1929.)

Masonic 1: 30 Dec 1920, Elected Junior Warden of Ashlar Lodge No. 193, F & A. M.

Masonic 2: 14 Apr 1921, President of Beet Growers Association

Membership 1: 1945, Secretary of Lisbon Mutual Insurance Company

Membership 2: a director of the Golden Guerney cooperative

Membership 3: Member of executive board of the Wisconsin Council of Agriculture.

Membership 4: Jan 1929, Elected director of Lisbon Mutual Insurance company (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Jan. 17, 1929.)

Membership 5: Jul 1935, Elected Sussex school (board/PTA?) treasurer (Source: Waukesha Freeman, July 10, 1935.)

Occupation 1: 06 Jul 1938, Term "Hardiman Oil Company" first seen in Waukesha Freeman newspaper.

Occupation 2: May 1939, The Hardiman Oil company has moved to the Paul Schroeder Garage across from the bank. The Sinclair Oil company is taking possession of the building vacated by the Hardiman Oil company. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, May 3, 1939.)

Political 1: 1919, Pewaukee Town Clerk

Political 2: 1920, Town of Lisbon Treasurer

Residence 1: Apr 1900, Living in South Milwaukee (Source: Waukesha Freeman, April 19, 1900.)

Residence 2: Sep 1906, Purchased house of James Elliott, opposite the creamery. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Sept. 6, 1906.)

Residence 3: 24 Sep 1908, William Howard has rented Walter Hardiman's residence (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Sept. 24, 1908.)

Notes for EUNACE ELSIE WILEDEN:

The Grandmother's Chorus, members, Mrs. Walter Hardiman, Mrs. Milo. Leo Howard is the director. Waukesha Freeman, June 26, 1940 Also member of The West Sussex group of the Home Economics Club (Mrs. Walter)

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WOMAN companion in exchange for room and board. Write or phone Mrs. Elsie Hardiman, Sussex. Waukesha Freeman, July 7, 1952

More About EUNACE ELSIE WILEDEN:

Membership: a member of Past Matron's club

Children of WALTER HARDIMAN and EUNACE WILEDEN are:

10. i. PERCY S.4 HARDIMAN, b. 07 Jun 1909; d. Apr 1987.

ii. RALPH M. HARDIMAN, b. 10 Sep 1902 (Source: Waukesha 0301 000233.); d. 1965; m. LAURA SHOCKLEY, 15 Aug 1931, First Reformed Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Notes for RALPH M. HARDIMAN:

The marriage of Miss Laura Shockley, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Shockley, Waukesha, to Ralph Hardiman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman, Sussex, occurred Saturday, August, 15, at 4 o'clock p.m. at the parsonage of the First Reformed church, Rev. H. G. Settlage performing the service.

The bride wore a green net dress with a corresponding hat and carried a bouquet of pink roses and larkspur. She was attended by Kathryn Chapman, Waukesha, who was attired in peach satin with hat to match and carried a bouquet of peach roses and larkspur.

The groom was attended by his brother, Percy Hardiman, Sussex.

After the ceremony a dinner was given by the bride's parents at their home for immediate families. After a trip through the northern part of the state and Canada, the couple will make their home at Sussex. Waukesha Freeman, August 20, 1931

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Appointed tire inspector by Waukesha county rationing board for Sussex. Waukesha Freeman, March 18, 1942

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Ralph named assistant on Waukesha County implement dealer's salvage drive covering Town of Lisbon. Waukesha Freeman, August 12, 1942

More About RALPH M. HARDIMAN:

Residence 1: 15 Sep 1937, Bought lot on eastside of Sussex (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Sept 15, 1937.)

Residence 2: 23 Mar 1938, Moved into new house on Sussex eastside. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, March 23, 1938.)

Notes for LAURA SHOCKLEY:

Parents and sister living in Decatur, Il. Waukesha Freeman, Dec. 31, 1941 Has a sister, Mrs. Benish, living in Prairie du Chien.

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Another sister is Mrs. Harry Hansen of Decatur, IL.

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Had an appendectomy at Waukesha on Friday. Waukesha Freeman, January 24, 1945

More About RALPH HARDIMAN and LAURA SHOCKLEY:

Marriage: 15 Aug 1931, First Reformed Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Minister: Rev. H. G. Settlage

11. iii. WALTER MILO HARDIMAN, b. 1905; d. May 1962.

8. HARRY STEPHEN3 HARDIMAN (STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born 27 Jan 1886 (Source: SSDI), and died Jun 1979 in Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He married BLANCHE CAPSTICK BROWN 25 Nov 1914 in At their home, daughter of ROBERT BROWN and MARY TAYLOR. She was born Abt. 1889 (Source:  , age 31.).

Notes for HARRY STEPHEN HARDIMAN:

Waukesha Freeman Nov 26, 1914 - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown, Merton, have issued invitations to the marriage of their daughter, Blanche Capstick, and Mr. Harry Stephen Hardiman, on Wednesday evening, November 25th, at 8 o'clock, in their home.

The marriage of Miss Blanche Brown and Harry Hardiman occurred Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown, in the presence of about forty relatives. Rev. Mr. Shawger officiating. The bride wore a handsome dress of white shadow lace over cream messaline with lace and pearl trimmings. Her sister, Miss Ruth Brown, the maid of honor, wore white silk, with lace trimmings. Miss Anna Volkman, Hartland, the bridesmaid, wore a pale pink china silk. George Hardiman, Hartland, brother of the groom, was best man and Harry Bartlett groomman. Mrs. A. T. Kretsch played the wedding music. A host of friends extend good wishes to the young couple who, after a short wedding trip (Canada), will be at home on the Robert Brown farm after Dec. 15th. Waukesha Freeman, December 10, 1914.

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Merton - On Sunday, December., 4, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hardiman surprised the former's father with a party of relatives, in honor of his 82nd birthday anniversary. The following guests were present: Isaiah Hardiman of Waukesha, brother; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman and two sons, Ralph and Percy; Mr. and Mrs. Milo Hardiman of Sussex; Mr. and Mrs. George Hardiman and children, Ruby and Joyce, of Watertown; Mrs Belle Palin and daughter, Rosalle, and William Smith of Hartland; Harry Hardiman and family made the number twenty. A turkey dinner was served. Instrumental and vocal music made the day pass pleasantly and Mr. Hardiman had the pleasure of entertaining his children and grandchildren on his 82nd birthday. Waukesha Freeman, Dec. 8, 1927.

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Harry Hardiman had 35 chickens stolen the past week by parties near Platt. The thieves took the chickens to hartford and sold them at a meat market the proprietor of which mistusted something was wrong and sent for a sheriff. The guilty ones confessed when taken to the home of Mr. Hardiman with the chickens, so all is well with him but the guilty will not fare so well. WF April 14, 1932.

More About BLANCHE CAPSTICK BROWN:

Membership: Friendship Birthday club

More About HARRY HARDIMAN and BLANCHE BROWN:

Anniversary: Waukesha Freeman Nov. 29, 1939 Their 25th.

Marriage: 25 Nov 1914, At their home

Minister: Rev. Mr. Shawger

Children of HARRY HARDIMAN and BLANCHE BROWN are:

12. i. DORA BLANCHE4 HARDIMAN, b. 11 Jun 1918, Waukesha County; d. 28 Nov 1990, Marinette, Marinette, Wisconsin.

ii. NORMAN HARDIMAN.

Notes for NORMAN HARDIMAN:

Pct. Norman Hardiman, son of Mr. and Mrs Harry Hardiman, Merton, called on relatives and friends in this community during his weeks furlough after training at Camp Hood, Texas. He will report to Fort Ord, in the west for further assignment on March 4th. WF Feb 28, 1945; left for army induction abt Oct 25, 1944.

More About NORMAN HARDIMAN:

Military service: Oct 1944, Norman left for induction into army. Waukesha Freeman, Oct 25, 1944

Occupation: Oct 1939, Employed by Oliver Prahl at his Standard Service station on Hwy 74. Vincent White is the attendant at his Pewaukee station.

iii. LESLIE "LESSIE" "LESTER" H. HARDIMAN (Source: Waukesha Freeman, "Lessie" term used Dec 15, 1932.), b. Jan 1920.

Notes for LESLIE "LESSIE" "LESTER" H. HARDIMAN:

Leslie Hardiman attended the national airplane meet at Chicago last week where he exhibited some of his [model?] airplanes.

Waukesha Freeman, July 10, 1940

9. HENRY R.3 HARDIMAN (ISAIAH (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born 11 Jul 1887 (Source: Waukesha D0006 012641.), and died Oct 1973 (Source: SSDI.). He married ? COOK, daughter of FRED COOK.

Notes for HENRY R. HARDIMAN:

More About HENRY R. HARDIMAN:

Occupation 1: 20 Mar 1913, Left last week to accept a position in Milwaukee with a bridge works concern. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Mar 20, 1913.)

Occupation 2: Apr 1917, Working for Walter Hardiman and has moved his family from Milwaukee to the Elmer Bowes' house. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, WF Apr 26, 1917.)

Residence: 31 Oct 1920, 1008 White Rock Ave., Waukesha (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Oct. 31, 1920.)

Child of HENRY HARDIMAN and ? COOK is:

13. i. HOWARD R.4 HARDIMAN, b. 16 Jul 1913; d. 06 Nov 1997, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Generation No. 4

 

10. PERCY S.4 HARDIMAN (WALTER S.3, STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born 07 Jun 1909, and died Apr 1987. He married ADELINE KETTLEWELL 30 Jun 1934 in Chapel of Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, daughter of ? KETTLEWELL and ?. She was born 01 Apr 1909, and died Aug 1987 in Dousman, Waukesha, Wisconsin (Source: SSDI.).

Notes for PERCY S. HARDIMAN:

A pretty wedding took place in the Chapel of Ripon College, on Saturday afternoon, June 30 when Miss Adeline Kettlewell of Berlin became the bride of Percy Hardiman of this village. Hilas Evans, president of Ripon College performing the ceremony.

The bride wore a very becoming dress of blue satin, embroidered net over the blue satin, with pale blue suede slippers and large picture hat, and carried a corsage bouquet of sweet peas, ferns and baby breath. Following the ceremony, the bridal party

went to Berlin, where a 6:30 p.m. wedding dinner at the Hotel Whitney was served to the immediate families. The bridal couple left for an auto honeymoon trip of several weeks to Glacier and Yellowstone Parks, and the Black Hills. They will make their home in this village where they plan to build a new home in the near future.

Those who attended the wedding included Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman, Mr. and Mrs. Milo hardiman, and Joe Ries. The bride had been teaching in the Sussex school for the past three years. Waukesha Freeman, July 4, 1934

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At the request of the Cosden Oil company at Pewaukee, the local Cosden Oil company, entered the parade at Pewaukee on Labor Day. Percy Hardiman's oil truck was decorated and rode in the parade. The first prize however was captured by the second entry from the local company. Joe Ries, dressed in clothes of a fashion worn many years ago, accompanied by Mesdames Walter

Hardiman, Ralph Hardiman and Walter Rosier, also dressed in fashions of long ago, drove the vehicle, also of questionable age or make which is often seen on our streets and which is composed of a surrey body and auto chassis. The vehicle was also appropriately decorated for the occasion. Because of the rain Monday, the crowd was not as large as usual at the parade, but those who were there gave many cheers at the sight of the ancient picture. Waukesha Freeman, September 5, 1934.

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Waukesha Freeman, October 9, 1935 - Bishop Ivins of Milwaukee conducted Confirmation services at St. Alban's church on Sunday morning. The candidates included: Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hardiman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hardiman.

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Mr. and Mrs. Christ Bucher have moved into the Percy Hardiman home acquired through the sale of their farm [near Mapleton] to Mr. Hardiman. Waukesha Freeman, June 12, 1940

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Percy broke upper part of his foot while operating some machinery on the farm in North Lake. Waukesha freeman, June 4, 1941

More About PERCY S. HARDIMAN:

Membership: Mar 1955, Supervisor in the Waukesha County Soil Conservation District. Waukesha Freeman, March 14, 1955

Occupation: May 1939, Apointed Constable of Sussex, that office having been mad vacant by the moving to Merton of Gilbert Riewe who was elected recently. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, May 3, 1939.)

Residence 1: Jul 1945, North Lake, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Residence 2: 22 Aug 1934, Purchased the home of Mrs. Abbie Bertleson (Source: Waukesha Freeman, August 22, 1934.)

Residence 3: Jun 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Christ Bucher have moved into the Percy Hardiman home acquired through the sale of their farm [near Mapleton] to Mr. Hardiman. Waukesha Freeman, June 12, 1940

Residence 4: Jun 1942, Rural Rt. 1, Hartland. Waukesha Freeman, June 24, 1942

More About ADELINE KETTLEWELL:

Occupation 1: Bet. 1931 - 1934, The bride had been teaching in the Sussex school for the past three years. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, July 4, 1934.)

Occupation 2: Mar 1939, Working as a substitute teacher at Lannon School (Source: Waukesha Freeman, March 29, 1939.)

More About PERCY HARDIMAN and ADELINE KETTLEWELL:

Marriage: 30 Jun 1934, Chapel of Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin

Minister: Hilas Evans, President of Ripon College

Children of PERCY HARDIMAN and ADELINE KETTLEWELL are:

i. DEAN STEPHEN5 HARDIMAN, b. 26 Aug 1937, St. Joseph's Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

More About DEAN STEPHEN HARDIMAN:

Baptism (LDS): Abt. 05 Dec 1937, St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Birth Information: Weighed 8 lbs.

ii. JO ANNE (JOSEPHINE) HARDIMAN (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Nov. 8, 1939 issue gives her name as Josephine not Jo Anne as when she died.), b. Nov 1939, St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Nov. 8, 1939.); d. Jul 1945, Children's Hospital, Milwaukee.

Notes for JO ANNE (JOSEPHINE) HARDIMAN:

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hardiman was baptized Josephine Ann at the morning services at St. Alban's church on Sunday, the Rev. Parmiter officiating. Mrs. Walter Hardiman was the sponsor. Following the services, Mr. ans Mrs. Percy Hardiman entertained Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman, and Mrs. Adams and daughter, Fay Lucille, of Wauwatosa at a delicious chicken dinner at the Brook hotel. Waukesha Freeman, February 14, 1940

Daughter is called "Joanne". Waukesha Freeman, August 7, 1940

Funeral services were held at St. Alban's church Monday afternoon for little Jo Anne Hardiman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hardiman of North lake. She would have been six years of age in November. She was taken ill about three weeks ago with an almost incurable sickness, and was taken to the Children's Hospital in MIlwaukee, where everything possible was done for her recovery. A slight improvement the middle of last week raised the hopes of the loving relatives, but on Friday afternoon, death won the battle.

Besides her parents, she is survived by a youonger siste, Harriet, two grandaprents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman, uncles, aunts and cousins. A brother, Dean, preceded her in death. The Hardiman family are former residents of this village (Sussex). WF July 18, 1945

More About JO ANNE (JOSEPHINE) HARDIMAN:

Burial: St. Alban's Cemetery (God's Acre), Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin

iii. HARRIET JEAN HARDIMAN, b. 20 Jun 1942, Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Notes for HARRIET JEAN HARDIMAN:

Harriet Jane baptized at St. Alban's, at Sunday morning service; also was infant daughter of Frederick Stier. Waukesha Freeman, November 18, 1942

11. WALTER MILO4 HARDIMAN (WALTER S.3, STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born 1905, and died May 1962. He married HELEN CHRISTINA SMITH, daughter of CHARLES GUMM. She was born 22 Jan 1906 (Source: SSDI.), and died 21 Jun 1992.

Notes for WALTER MILO HARDIMAN:

Helen Smith Weds Walter Hardiman

Lisbon - A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the Sussex Methodist-Episcopal church last Wednesday at 4 p.m. when Miss Helen Christina Smith, daughter of Mrs. C. Gumm of this village, became the wife of Milo Walter Hardiman, son of Mr. and Mrs Walter M. Hardiman, Lisbon. The Rev. C. Wilkinson performed the double ring ceremony. The church was beautifully decorated with ferns and cut flowers. The wedding march was played by Miss Irma Linglebach.The bride wore a gown of white geogette over satin, trimmed with lace. The veil was embroidered net held with rhinestones and pearls. Miss Merle Stone, Templeton, was the maid of honor and wore a gown of pink taffeta. Miss Hilda Schroeder, Sussex, and Miss Isabelle Felsing, Milwaukee, were bridesmaids and wore gowns of pale green and yellow taffeta.

Ralph Hardiman, brother of the groom, was best man, and Percy Hardiman and Vernon Rosier, Oshkosh, were attendants. Homer Stone and LaVerne Clarey were ushers. Little Kathleen Delany and Betty Engel in peach and blue crepe were flower girls and carried mixed bouquets. The bride carried a shower bouquet of white roses and babies breath. The attendants carried colored roses.

A reception was held at the Masonic Temple and supper was served to ninety. The couple left Wednesday night on a trip which include Madison, Rice Lake, Tomahawk, and Pine River, Wis., and Port Arthur, Minn. They will be at home after September 1st, in their new home in Sussex.

Waukesha Freeman, August 25, 1927

Milo enjoyed two day vacation from milk route. Waukesha Freeman, August 23, 1944

More About WALTER MILO HARDIMAN:

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Illness/Accidents: Abt. 17 Dec 1908, Had hand badly crushed in a corn sheller. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, December 17, 1908.)

Membership: Bet. 1955 - 1956, President, Sussex Lions Club

Occupation 1: May 1932, Deputy Sheriff (Source: Waukesha Freeman, May 5, 1932.)

Occupation 2: Nov 1940, Manager of Sussex Lannon Stone company. Waukesha Freeman, November 6, 1940

Occupation 3: Aug 1944, Milo enjoyed two day vacation from milk route. Waukesha Freeman, August 23, 1944

Political 1: Bet. 1928 - 1959, Sussex village Clerk for 31 yrs.

Political 2: Apr 1932, Sussex village treasurer (Source: Waukesha Freeman, WF April 14, 1932.)

Notes for HELEN CHRISTINA SMITH:

Meeting of the WSCS of the Methodist church held at Mrs. Milo Hardiman 's home, helped by mother Mrs. Charles Gumm.

Waukesha Freeman, April 16, 1941

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Went to St. Mary's in Milwaukee for observation and an operation this week. Waukesha Freeman, May 30, 1945

More About HELEN CHRISTINA SMITH:

Membership 1: 10 Jan 1934, OES meeting - Helen Hardiman

Membership 2: member of the Thursday Afternoon club

Child of WALTER HARDIMAN and HELEN SMITH is:

i. KERYL (CAROL) JEAN5 HARDIMAN, m. GLEN F. MOODY.

Notes for KERYL (CAROL) JEAN HARDIMAN:

Working as beautician at Duchess Beauty Shop, 267 W. Main St., Waukesha, Phone 3965. Waukesha Freeman, July 21, 1952

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Keryl Jean Hardiman Becomes Bride of A/3c Glen F. Moody Sussex Methodist church was the scene at three o'clock toda, of the wedding of Miss Keryl Jean Hardiman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Hardiman, Old Mill Lane, Sussex, and A/3c Glen F. Moody, McGhee Tyson airport, Knoxville, Tenn., His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Milton Moody, Elmwood Ave., Sussex. An evening reception will be held at Sussex Community Hall.

The Rev. Edward langdon performed the ceremony, Mrs. Albert Meissner, Merton, was the soloist and Mrs. William Blank, the organist.

White nylon tulle and embroidered nylon lace formed the bridal gown of Miss Hardiman. Lace formed the fitted bodice with a portrait effect on an illusion yoke edged with scallops at the base and snug fitted neckline. Her long lace sleeves tapered to points and the same lace formed wide panels in the full skirt with a sweep. Alace and pleated illusion Juliet cap edged in

pearls held her scalloped rolled edge fingertip veil. She carried a white Bible with a white orchid and lilies of the valley resting on it.

Miss Theodora Van Valin, the bride's cousin, was her maid of honor. Her blue organza gown, in full length, was in torso mode with abow at the back and folds of the same fabric at the bodice top and over the shoulders. Miss Betty Manke and Miss Karen Fagen, both of Sussex, wore gowns identical to Miss Van Valin's, while those of the two junior bridesmaids, Harriet Hardiman, the bride's cousin and Sally Moody, the groom's sister, were the same style in pink. All the girls wore crowns of white stephanotis and held nosegays of stephanotis and pink rosebuds. Kathleen Blank, the flowergirl,

carried a basket of sweet peas and roses.

Attendants for the groom were Robert Clarey, the best man; Richard Zimmerman, John Reimer and James Van Valin, the ushers. James Marx served as the ring bearer.

Mrs. Hardiman, the bride's mother wore a blue nylon lace over taffeta with a white hat and accessories. Her corsage was an orchid. Mrs. Moody, the groom's mother was attired in a gray suit with avocado hat and accessories

and she also wore an orchid.

Both of the young couple are Waukesha High School graduates. The bride is a graduate of the Milwaukee Accredited School of Beauty Culture. They will spend their honeymoon en route to Tennessee where they will make their home temporarily at Maryville. For traveling the young Mrs. Moody has chosen a short sleeved summer ensemble in gray and white frille to wear with white accessories.

Parties for the bride were given by Mrs. Charles DeLany and Mrs. Roman Engel; Miss Karen Fagen, Mrs. Walter hardiman and Mrs. Ralph Hardiman; Dr and Mrs. E. C. Van Valin, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hardiman. Waukesha Freeman, April, 16, 1955

More About KERYL (CAROL) JEAN HARDIMAN:

Occupation: Jul 1952, Working as beautician at Duchess Beauty Shop, 267 W. Main St., Waukesha, Phone 3965. Waukesha Freeman, July 21, 1952

12. DORA BLANCHE4 HARDIMAN (HARRY STEPHEN3, STEPHEN (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born 11 Jun 1918 in Waukesha County, and died 28 Nov 1990 in Marinette, Marinette, Wisconsin (Source: Ancestry.com "Carl's Tree 3/23/2002.). She married ROBERT ERLAND OPSAHL (Source: Ancestry.com "Carl's Tree 3/23/2002.) 28 Jun 1939 in Baptist Church, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He was born 09 Jan 1918.

Notes for DORA BLANCHE HARDIMAN:

Pretty Wedding Held at Church in Pewaukee

The Baptist church of Pewaukee was filled to overflowing Wednesday evening for a wedding unusually beautiful in all its appointments, when Miss Dora Hardiman and Robert Opsahl spoke their nuptial vows. tall baskets of garden flowers were placed in profusion about the church, which was lighted by the soft glow of many lighted candles and the breeze from two huge but quietly-driven electric fans completed the garden atomsphere. Mrs. Alvin Kraetsch, an aunt of the bride, presided at the piano and Ernest Tempero, an uncle, sang "At Dawning" and "I Love You Truly". At the first notes of the wedding march, the ushers came down the aisle and stood at attention. Rev. Maie Ellis, the officiating minister, appeared from the front of the church

and awaited the wedding party. Miss Helen Opsahl, sister of the groom, came slowly down the middle aisle on the arm of Lester Hardiman, brother of the bride. Miss Opsahl's dress was of aqua chiffon, floor length, and she carried an arm bouquet. As they reached their places, Miss Evelyn Bartlett, maid of honor, and Charles Opsahl, best man, preceded the bridal couple.

Miss Bartlett's gown was of peach chiffon and her bouquet of blue and white flowers. The bride entered on the arm of her groom and was lovely in the traditional attire of white chiffon gown and flowing veil, caught from the face with orange blossoms.

The double ring ceremony was used, following the Presbyterian form of service, and the procession left the church to the strains of the wedding march from "Lohengrin". Sixty relatives and the Rev. Maie Ellis were guests at the reception following the ceremony, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hardiman, of Merton. Out-of-town guests were Mrs. D. Opsahl, Mrs. Clara Simon, Mrs. Edward Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Topal, Marinette; Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hardiman, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hardiman, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hardiman, Mr. and Mrs. Milo Hardiman and daughter, Sussex; Mrs. Belle Hardiman and daughter, Rosalie, Hartland; Mr. and Mrs. George Hardiman and daughters, Ruby and Joyce, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kraetsch and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tempero and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bartlett. The spacious Hardiman home was decorated with flowers and streamers of the bridal colors. The numerous gifts were displayed in two upstairs rooms. Mr. and Mrs. Opsahl will spend several weeks at the home of the bride's parents and will locate in early fall near Pewaukee.

Waukesha Freeman, July 5, 1939

More About DORA BLANCHE HARDIMAN:

Residence: Jul 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Opsahl live in North Lake. Waukesha Freeman, July 3, 1940

More About ROBERT OPSAHL and DORA HARDIMAN:

Marriage: 28 Jun 1939, Baptist Church, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Children of DORA HARDIMAN and ROBERT OPSAHL are:

i. LIVING15 OPSAHL.

ii. LIVING2 OPSAHL.

13. HOWARD R.4 HARDIMAN (HENRY R.3, ISAIAH (HARDMAN)2, RICHARD1) was born 16 Jul 1913 (Source: SSDI.), and died 06 Nov 1997 in Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He married JOSEPHINE MARIE KELSO (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Wednesday, January 13, 1937.), daughter of JOSEPH KELSO and ETHEL ?. She was born 14 Jul 1917, and died Nov 1991 in Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Notes for HOWARD R. HARDIMAN:

Josephine Kelso

Howard Hardiman

Are Married

The marriage of Miss Josephine Kelso, daughter of Mrs. Ethel Kelso, 633 North St. (Waukesha), and Howard R. Hardiman, son of Mr.s and Mrs. Henry Hardiman, 319 Bidwell Ave., occurred Saturday, Dec 2 at St. Joseph's rectory at 3 p.m. with Rev. William Macklin officiating.

The bride wore a costume wool suit of blackberry wine shade trimmed with martin fur with accessories to match. Her corsage was of tea roses and sweet peas.

Miss Virginia Kruck, Waukesha, as the bride's only attendant wore a dressmaker wool suit of fostoria green trimmed with leopard fur and matching accessories. Her corsage was of gardenias.

Everett Kelso, the bride's brother, was best man.

The immediate families and a few close friends witnessed the ceremony and were later entertained at dinner at 6:00 o'clock at the Moor Baths. In the evening a reception for 150 guests was held at the Midway Gardens.

The bride and groom will reside at 633 North St. The bride is a graduate of Waukesha High School and is employed at the Enterprise milinary department. The groom, a graduate of Waukesha High School, is employed at the Spring City Pattern Works.

Misses Myra Daggett and Virginia Kruck, recently entertained at showers in honor of the bride. Waukesha Freeman, December 6, 1939

More About HOWARD R. HARDIMAN:

Occupation: Jan 1937, Spring City Pattern Works (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Wednesday, January 13, 1937.)

Residence: Nov 1939, 329 Bidwell Ave., Waukesha

Notes for JOSEPHINE MARIE KELSO:

Mr. and Mrs. Howard hardiman, children David and Sandra Jo, all of Pewaukee. Waukesha Freeman, August 10, 1954

More About JOSEPHINE MARIE KELSO:

Occupation: Jan 1937, Employed at Gamble Stores (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Wednesday, January 13, 1937.)

Residence: Nov 1939, 633 North St., Waukesha

Children of HOWARD HARDIMAN and JOSEPHINE KELSO are:

i. DAVID5 HARDIMAN.

ii. SANDRA JO HARDIMAN.


Hardiman Oil Company

    The following was written by Fred H. Keller for the Sussex Sun, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1976

    It started out as a hot day Tuesday, July 24, 1951. At 8 a.m. it was 79 degrees and by noon it was 86. The temperature went up from there. High humidity made it all the more unbearable.

    During the mid-afternoon a company truck, driven by 18-year old Robert Schlei, was making a routine stop at the Hardiman Oil Company's fuel storage area near the Northwestern tracks in Sussex. In 1951 there was no Horizon or Olympic Homes subdivisions to the south or west of the storage area. The tank storage area was basically the same as it is today [1976], except there was only five 12,000 gallon upright tanks, plus a pump house, a small warehouse, miscellaneous machinery and some packaged oil products. As Schlei was preparing to load the truck from the pump house a flash fire broke out at his feet, and quickly spread to engulf the pump house.

    The resultant heat destroyed the pipe connections to the huge tanks, causing them to gravity feed the stored gasoline into the fire. Schlei, slightly hurt, jumped into his vehicle and drove it away from the pump house. Then he ran to the Northwestern Depot, but already the station agent was on the telephone calling the Sussex Fire Department.

    Roy Evert, newly elected Sussex fire chief, was faced with his first big fire. Within minutes he found flames 100 feet and more in the air, with a pillar of smoke that could be seen as far as Milwaukee, North Prairie, Watertown and West Bend. Flames jumped to the top of all five tanks, burning at the exhaust apertures. Chief Evert had an abundant supply of water in a nearby creek.

The fire in 1951

    Soon after the department arrived there was an explosion rupturing a 500 gallon aviation fuel tank that was 40 feet away from the pump house fire.

    The water hoses had little effect on the flames other than to act as a coolant.

    The Pewaukee Fire Department had new foam dispensing equipment and was called on for assistance. After the foam was brought to play on the fire it too was found to be ineffective because of the great heat, wind, and the area involved. Fire fighting dragged on for hours with no real results.

    Repulsed during their first long concerted attacked, officers present discussed if it would be possible to shut off the valves to the 12,000 gallon gasoline tanks feeding the fire. John Plein volunteered to go into the searing hot area with protective clothing. At first the chiefs decided against the attempt but ran a simulated advance towards the valves, with fire hoses throwing out a protective curtain and the results were favorable. Plein was given the go-ahead. Wearing his fire cost, he donned cape and hand-forearm gloves. He got down on all fours and crawled toward the valves. Several high pressure hoses were trained on him and the flames nearby. He advanced forward to the first valve, gripped it, turned it off and advanced to the next and the next cut-off valves until he had them all turned off.

    Within minutes the flames died down as the supply of fuel was stopped.

    Once the big fire was down, the exhaust pipe flames on top of all the storage tanks were put out as massive streams of water were sprayed on the sides of the tanks to cool them down below the boiling point.

    Radiant heat had ignited some parked gandy dancer (section hands) living quarter cars on the adjacent Northwestern tracks. In retrospect, several people interviewed for this story related how the "gandy dancers" tried to save some of their belongings. It reminded them of the "Keystone Cops" routines as someone would disappear in doors, come out of windows, run into each other, suitcases and clothes flying in all directions. Later, several of the "gandy dancers" put in claims to the Hardiman Oil Company's insurance company, that they had lost $100 suits, $50 shoes and alligator leather suit cases. The insurance company balked at paying these claims.

    In all, approximately 14,000 gallons of gas and fuel oil had been consumed with a dollar figure of $15,000 put down as the estimated damage.

The storage facility in 1978


The following is an excerpt from Fred H. Keller's article "Honeymoon cottage for Hardimans", first published in the Sussex Sun, Tuesday, June 27, 1978

    Walter Hardiman married Alfred's Wileden's daughter, Elsie, and the house (formerly Boots in 1864, the James Elliott in the 1890's, later rental residence of Otto Smith), was their honeymoon cottage. 

    Hardiman was in the quarry business near where Vulcan Materials Quarry is today [Hwys 74 and County Rd K or Lisbon Rd.]. Later with his sons, Percy and Ralph, he founded the Hardiman Oil Co. It was initially located where Paul Cain's Service Station is today [southeast corner of Main St. and Maple Ave.], but later quarters were in what is now a Sporting Goods shop next to Sussex Creek [no longer there in 2004]. Today [1978] Hardiman Oil Co. is located on Silver Spring.

 

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