Genealogy of the Rigg, Hargleroad, Orchard, Mortensen and Allied Families
Christian P. Hargleroad, farmer and stock raiser, Holstein, Neb. Mr. Hargleroad was originally from Franklin County, Pa., where his birth occurred December 5, 1852, and is the son of M. E. Hargleroad, a native of Pennsylvania, whose sketch immediately precedes this. Christian Hargleroad was early taught the duties of farm life, and it was but natural perhaps, that when he was starting out in life for himself he should choose agricultural pursuits of his future occupation. He received a good common school education, and this he has greatly improved by self study since reaching years of maturity.
He moved with his parents to Nebraska, in the spring of 1875, settled in Adams County, and entered land in Cottonwood Township. Later he sold this place and purchased his present property, which consists of 160 acres of good land two miles from Holstein. He has a comfortable house, good out buildings, and has a fine young orchard of a select variety of fruit.
In his political views he affiliates with the Republican party, and has held a number of local positions in the township. He was elected assessor of Cottonwood Township, and served in 1879 and 1885, and re-elected in 1886, but did not qualify, and was elected township treasurer in 1887. He was elected in 1880 and served as magistrate one term, and also served as a member of the school board.
Mr. Hargleroad was married here on January 9, 1881, to Miss Mary A. Evans, a native of Pennsylvania, and the daughter of John Evans. Mrs. Hargleroad was reared and educated in Lancaster County. To this union have been born two children: Proe and Maria M.
Mr. Hargleroad is one of the young but very successful and progressive farmers of the county. He raised 45 acres of corn last year, 30 acres of barley, 25 acres of wheat and 10 acres of oats. He also has some of the place in timothy. [I don’t know what that means.]
(p. 253, The Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, 1890)