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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families

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when the family came to Outagamie
county, andi was deprived of his father
nine years later. From that time he
found it neccssary to earn his own living,
and until he was sixteen he found em-
ployment at farm  work, to which he
had always been accustomed.  lie then
learned the carpenter's trade, at which he
worked until he was twenty years old, as
well as during vacations while he was a
student at Lawrence University, Apple-
ton. He entered that institution in the
spring of 1867, was an earnest student,
and allowed no difficulties to daunt him.
lie stood third in his class for oratory,
and took a thorough scientific course.
WVith no one but himself to depend upon,
lie (leterininedly grappled with his school
duties and finally won. In the winter of
1868, when twenty-two rears old, he be-
gan to teach, and taught four winters, was
gralduated from the University in 1872,
whein he taught his last term of school in
Outagamie county. After graduation he
took up the studtV of medicine with Drs.
Stansbury and Sutherland, at Appleton,
taught the following x-winter, and at the
spring term of 1873 attended the Chicago
Medical College. During the summers of
1873 74 he studied with Dr. Riley, at
New London, \Vis., attending the same
college during the winters. and was finally
graduated from that well-known and ex-
cellent institution, March 16, 1875, well
equipped for his life work. While at
school lie studied and worked hard, at-
tended faithfully to his duties and earned
the esteem and good will of the students
and Faculty. The honor was accorded
him of making the valedictory address for
his class, and to him also fell the pleasant
task of making, for the class, a presenta-
tion speech on the occasion of the retire-
inent of one of the professors from the
Faculty, when the class gave him a fine
set of surgical instruments. This speech
was so well received that it led to his
selection as valedictorian, as noted.
   After receiving his diploma he located
at Seymour, \Vis., but after six months
removed, in the fall of 1875, to Horton-
ville, where he has built up an extensive
practice. He was married in Appleton,
June I9, 1878, to Miss Laura A. Black,
daughter of James Black, a farmer and
native of Ohio. She died July 26, 1887,
leaviing two children, Raymond J. and
Alys L., and October 17, 1888, the Doc-
tor married, for his second wife, Miss
Genevieve Sweetser, a native of Green-
ville township, daughter of Charles E.
Sweetser, a prominent and honored pio-
neer of that township, and a well-known
politician. The fruit of this marriage is
one son, Charles B. Dr. Hardacker is
a p)rominent member of the Fox River
Valley Medical Association, which he
represented in 1893 as a delegate to the
American Medical Association ill convixc-
tion at Milwaukee, also becoming a nieni
her of the last named association. The
I)octor is a man of known public spirit,
and a recognized leader in his connmunity
and the county. He was one of the pro-
rooters of the Outagamie County Agricul-
tural Association, and its secretary for
three years.   He was actively instru-
mental in securing the location of the fair
at this place, and in maintaining it. He
has held mail\ positions of public trust,
and has discharged the duties that have
been delegated to him in a manner calcu-
lated to win and maintaln the confidence
and esteem of an unusually wide circle
of friends.
        is one of the most encouraging
        facts which can anywhere exist
        that, in this country, a large pro-
portion of those individuals who, by their
public service, have attained a greater or
less degree of eminence-or, mayliap, by
their professional or business acquire-
ments and talents--have risen by their
own exertions. In this sketch there will
be found something to encourage the
exertions of those youths who, without
fortune or influential friends, are strug-

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