42. HARDIN COUNTY, IOWA

 

Section I: History and Geography

 

History

 

Hardin County is named after Colonel John J. Hardin a leader in the Black Hawk Wars. The county was organized in 1852. Judge William McKay appointed two men to locate a suitable site for a county seat. In June of 1853, they selected the site which is now known as Eldora. The town was named by Mrs. S. R. Edgington after the name of her child who had just died.

 

The County seat has been in Eldora since 1853. This location has been challenged four times with court cases and voting deciding the outcome. Steamboat Rock, Berlin, and Point Pleasant were the earliest of the challenges to the county seat's location. Finally, in 1892 Iowa Falls citizens offered the county government $32,000 towards the building of a new courthouse if it were built in Iowa Falls. The Eldora citizens countered with an offer of $40,000 if the courthouse stayed in Eldora. This sum added with the $20,000 already appropriated for the new building made quite a down payment towards the new site. In 1971 the courthouse under went a major remodeling and in 1981 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Hardin County consists of 15 townships named as follows: Alden, Hardin, Etna, Buckeye, Ellis, Jackson, Clay, Sherman, Tipton, Pleasant, Eldora, Concord, Grant, Providence, and Union.


Boundaries

 

Hardin County is located in central Iowa and is bounded by the following counties: West: Hamilton, NW: Wright; North: Franklin; NE: Butler; Grundy; and South Marshall and Story.

 

Current towns and communities (Zip codes given for towns having Post Offices)

 

Town/Community        Township                                             Population

1890                                  1990

 

Ackley 50601                Etna, Franklin County                            1,286                1,696

Alden 50006                  Alden                                                      512                   855

Buckeye 50043              Buckeye                                                                          105

Eldora 50627                 Eldora                                                  1,578                3,038

Garden City 50102         Concord                                                       

Gifford 50269                 Union                                                          

Hubbard 50122              Tipton                                                      452                   814

Iowa Falls 50126            Hardin                                                  1,796                5,435

New Providence 50206   Providence                                               200                   240

Owasa 50126                Jackson                                                  100                     37

Radcliffe 50230              Sherman                                                 350                   574

Steamboat Rock 50672  Clay                                                        367                   335

Union 50258                  Union                                                      514                   448

Whitten 50269               Union                                                      195                   137



 

Abandoned towns

 

Town                           Township                                 Town                           Township


 


 

Berlin                            Jackson                                    Pilgrim’s Grove              Ellis

Cottage                         Ellis                                          Point Pleasant               Pleasant

Cleves                           Etna                                         Poughkeepsie                Hardin

Delante                         Eldora                                       Quebec                         Pleasant

Duane                           Alden                                        Racine

Eagle City                     Jackson                                    Radcliffe Crossing          Sherman

Ellis                              Ellis                                          Rathton

Fontaine                                                                        Ricord

Georgetown                   Hardin                                       Robertson                     Etna

Hardin City                    Jackson                                    Rocksylvania                 Hardin

Hazel Green                  Etna                                         Rockwood

Idaho                            Grant                                        Sandersonville

La Yerba                       Etna                                         Tipton Grove                  Tipton

Lawn Hill                       Pleasant                                   Link                                                                 


 

Lithopolis                      Clay                                          Xenia                            Eldora  

Macy

Midland

 

Section II: Resource Centers

 

Courthouse:

 

·         [HCCH] Hardin County Courthouse

1215 Edgington Avenue

Eldora, Iowa 50627

 

Historical Societies

 

·         [AHC] Ackley Heritage Center

Ackley Municipal Building

Ackley, Iowa 50601

·         [HCHS] Hardin County Historical Society

1603 Washington Street

Eldora, Iowa 50627

·         IFHS] Iowa Falls Historical Society

1320 Stevens

Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

 

Libraries with Genealogical or Historical Collections

 

·         [AcPL] Ackley Public Library

401 State Street

Ackley, Iowa 50601

·         [AlPL] Alden Public Library

1012 Water Street

Alden, Iowa 50006

·         [EPL] Eldora Public Library

1219 14th Avenue

Eldora, Iowa 50627

·         [HPL] Hubbard Public Library

323 East Maple Street

Hubbard, Iowa 50122

·         [BML] Barlow Memorial Library (Iowa Falls Public Library)

921 Washington Avenue

Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

·         [RPL] Radcliffe Public Library

210 Isabella Street

Radcliffe, Iowa 50230

·         [SRPL] Steamboat Rock Public Library

Market Street

Steamboat Rock, Iowa 50672

·         [UPL] Union Public Library

406 Commercial Street

Union, Iowa 50258

·         [IGSL] Iowa Genealogical Society Library

628 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

·         [ISHL] Iowa State Historical Library

600 East Locust Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

 

Section III: Records – records may be found at the record sites abbreviated after each entry.  See Section II for complete record site information.


Census

 

·         Federal: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, microfilm: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Federal Indices: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1920: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         State: 1885, 1895, 1915, 1925: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         1856 State Census, Hardin Co., transcript: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

 

Vital Records

 

·         Births: (from 1880), originals: [HCCH] ; (1880-1933), microfilm: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Birth Index: (1880-1908), microfilm: [IGSL]

·         Death: (from 1880), originals: [HCCH] ; (1880-1920), microfilm: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Marriages: (from 1853), originals: [HCCH] ; (1853- 1935), microfilm: [IGSL] ; (1853-1928), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Marriage Index: (1853-1979), microfilm: [IGSL]

·         Early Marriages 1866-1869, transcript: [IGSL]

 

Probate and related records

 

·         Probate Records, (from 1854), originals: [HCCH]

·         Probate records, (1865-1883), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Wills, (1854-1930), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Probate ledgers, (1854-1871), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Hardin Co. Probate Fee Book #1, transcript: [IGSL]

·         Record of Will Book “B”, (1852-1875), transcript: [IGSL]

 

Land and related records

 

·         Land Records, (from 1849), originals: [HCCH]

·         Homestead records, (1867-1883), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Land deeds, (1867-1885), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Mortgage chattels, (1851-1885), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Hardin Co., Land Records: Alphabetical County Listing of Purchasers from United States, 5 vol: [IGSL]

·         Mason: Hardin Co. Plat books for 1875, 1892, 1903, 1916, (2000): [ISHL]

 

 

Maps, atlases and gazetteers

 

·         Hardin Co., Iowa Rural Resident Directory, (1979): [IGSL]

·         Atlas of Hardin Co. (1935): [IGSL]

·         Hardin County Andreas Atlas Patrons: [IGSL]

·         Hixon: Plat Book and Farmer’s Directory, Hardin Co.: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Harrison and Warner: Atlas of Hardin Co. from surveys (1875): [ISHL]

 

 

Court records

 

·         Court Records, from 1853, originals: [HCCH]

·         Court Dockets, 1871-1889, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Naturalization records, 1859-1914, microfilm: [ISHL]

 

Cemetery

 

·         Mason: Hardin Co., Iowa Cemeteries (1999): [IGSL]

·         Chester and Highland Cemeteries 1866-69: [IGSL]

·         Chester Cemetery: [IGSL]

·         Union Cemetery: [IGSL]

·         Hardin Co., Iowa Cemetery Records: [IGSL]

·         Area cemetery records, microfilm: [ISHL]

 

Funeral homes (current listing)

 

·         Ackley

-          Sietsema Funeral Home

501 10th Avenue

Ackley, Iowa 50601

·         Alden

-          Surls Funeral Home

1207 Alden Street, Alden, Iowa 50006

·         Eldora

-          Creps Abels Funeral Home

905 Edington Avenue, Eldora, Iowa 50627

·         Hubbard

-          Boeke Funeral Home

501 E Maple Street, Hubbard, Iowa 50122

·         Iowa Falls

-          Surls Funeral Home

505 Stevens Street, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

-          Linns Funeral Home

1521 Washington Avenue, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

·         Radcliffe

-          Boeke Funeral Home

201 E Minnie Street, Radcliffe, Iowa 50230

·         Union

-          Biersborn Funeral Home

31237 State, Highway 215, Union, Iowa 50258

·         Scott-Surls Funeral Home – Alden and Williams, Iowa (1988): [IGSL]

 

 

 

 

Obituaries

 

·         Bunch-DeLawyer: Marshall – Hardin County Obituaries (1970): [ISHL]

 

Church, Bible

 

·         Hamilton Co. Gen Soc.: Lutheran Church Record from Hamilton and Hardin Cos. (1987): [IGSL]

·         Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church, Hubbard (1963): [IGSL]

·         Methodist Church, Iowa Falls, Centennial 1856 – 1956: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Zion United Church of Christ, Hubbard (1983): [IGSL]

·         First Presbyterian Church, Ackley 1882-1945, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Ackley 1866-1924, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Alden 1880-1900, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Peace Church, Buckeye 1893-1900, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Church of Christ, Eldora 1856-1881, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         First Methodist Church, Eldora 1854-1919, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Friend’s Book, Honey Creek 1889-1950, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iowa Falls 1917-1950, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         First Methodist Church, Iowa Falls 1883-1926, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Friend’s Book, New Providence 1830-1900, microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Beecher: 50th Anniversary and dedication of Union Community Church (1958): [ISHL]

·         First Congregational Church Centennial 1868-1968, Eldora (1968): [ISHL]

·         Hardin Co. Heritage Committee: Hardin Co., Iowa Churches (1976): [ISHL]

·         Hardin Co. Quaker meetings: Honey Creek MM, 1852-1900; New Providence MM, 1874-1900 (1976): [ISHL]

 

Military

 

·         Grand Army of the Republic Roster: Eldora, Iowa Falls: [ISHL]

·         Iowa Falls Times-Citizen: War on the home front (2000): [ISHL]

 

Newspapers:  (on microfilm)

 

·         Ackley

-          The Ackley World – Journal (1976-1996): [ISHL]

·         Eldora

-          The Eldora Enterprise (1897-1898): [ISHL]

-          The Eldora Herald (1874-1931): [ISHL]

-          The Eldora Herald Ledger (1931-2000): [ISHL]

-          Eldora Ledger (1893-1910): [ISHL]

-          Eldora Weekly Ledger (1872-1892): [ISHL]

-          The Enterprise (1893-1897): [ISHL]

-          Hardin County Index (1972-1984): [ISHL]

-          Hardin County Ledger (1912-1931): [ISHL]

-          The Herald (1891-1903): [ISHL]

·         Hubbard

-          The South Hardin Signal Review (1987-1996): [ISHL]

-          Hubbard Monitor: Souvenir Edition, March 1896 (1976): [IGSL]

·         Iowa Falls

-          The Iowa Falls Times Citizen (1955-2001): [ISHL]

-          The Iowa Falls Sentinel (1870-1923): [ISHL]

 

 

 

Educational, business and other: (school annuals for this county)

 

·         Hubbard Alumni Assn: Hubbard High School Centennial 1892-1992 (1992): [IGSL]

 

County & Local Histories:

 

·         Union Pub. Co.: History of Hardin Co., Iowa (1883): [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         All name index to 1883 Hardin Co. History : [IGSL]

·         Moir: Past and Present of Hardin Co., Iowa (1911): [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Mason: Index to Past and Present of Hardin Co. – 1911, (1994): [ISHL]

·         Kleeme, et al: Hubbard 1881-1981 A Centennial Calendar (1981): [IGSL]

·         Hardin Co. Hist. Soc.: Hardin County, Iowa (1981): [ISHL]

·         Whipple: A Tale of Two Towns: Oakland Valley and Popejoy (1993): [IGSL]

·         Iowa Falls, Iowa Centennial 1855-1955 (1955): [IGSL]

·         Beecher: Reflections on Union Township, n.d.: [ISHL]

·         History of Owasa Centennial (1984): [ISHL]

·         Roefsema: A walk through history – Steamboat Rock’s historic cemetery (2000): [ISHL]

·         Courthouse Centennial Committee: Hardin County Courthouse Centennial 1892-1992 (1992): [ISHL]

·         Campett, et al: New Providence Community Photo Album: [ISHL]

 

Publications

 

·         Iowa Genealogical Society: Hawkeye Heritage, articles through 1993, [IGSL] , [ISHL]  (Entries indicate year, issue number and page number)

-          1856 State Census  (1968) 3:108

-          Andreas Atlas Patrons (1968) 3:115

-          Cemetery at the Iowa State Reform School for Boys, Eldora (1989) 3:150

-          Chester Cemetery (1968) 3:134

-          Early Marriages 1866-1869 (1968) 3:121

-          Iowa State Training School for Boys Cemetery (1985) 1:61

-          Record of Will Book “B” (1968) 3:128

-          Township map (1968) 3:106

 

Section IV: Credits

 

We wish to acknowledge the contributions made by the Hardin County Historical Society, the Hardin County Courthouse, the Iowa State Historical Society and volunteers at the Iowa Genealogical Society in providing data contained in this research guide. Their efforts have been of immeasurable help in gathering this information.