Genealogy of the Rigg, Hargleroad, Orchard, Mortensen and Allied Families
Michael E. Hargleroad, farmer and stock raiser, Holstein, Neb. This honored and respected resident of Adams County is accorded a worthy place in this volume, for he is one of the representative men of the county. His occupation during life has been that of a farmer, and he is now living on his fine farm of 320 acres, one mile from Holstein.
Mr. Hargleroad was born in Franklin County, Pa., on November 18, 1824, and is the son of John and Elizabeth (Etter) Hargleroad, both natives of Pennsylvania, the former born in Lancaster County. The elder Hargleroad was a cooper by trade, but in connection carried on farming, and resided in his native State until 1833, when he received his final summons.
Michael E. Hargleroad was reared in Franklin County, Pa., and was early initiated into the duties of farm life. In 1874 he moved to Huntington, Ind., and came west to Nebraska the same year, where he entered land. He settled on his present property, and has one of the finest farms in the county, on which are a neat frame building, good barn, sheds and outbuildings. He has about two acres in orchard and has an excellent variety of fruit.
He was married first in in Pennsylvania, in 1849, to Miss Elizabeth Brough, a native of Pennsylvania, born in Adams County. She died on July 8, 1882, leaving ten children: Christian P., Michael A., John C., William B., Frank E., Harvey B., Katie (wife of George Coover), Susannah B. (wife of August Hohlfeld), Sarah (wife of Sol. Martin) and Elizabeth (wife of Jacob Evans).
Mr. Hargleroad raised a good average crop last year, and is one of the first-class farmers of his township.
(p. 252, The Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, 1890)