Biography - Asa Harmon

REV. ASA HARMON, farmer, P. O. Anna, was born in the town of Rupert, Bennington Co., Vt., July 9, 1830, and is a son of Elijah and Martha (Lamphear) Harmon, both natives of Vermont; he was a farmer by occupation; she was born in 1795, and died in Missouri in 1877, and was the mother of six children, five of whom are living. Mr. Harmon, our subject, was raised on the farm, and received but a limited education in the common schools of the time. When he was six years of age, he removed to New York with his mother, and at seventeen came with her to Michigan, and there lived with and cared for her until he married. In 1856, he was ordained a minister of the Christian Church, and was pastor of a church near Pawpaw, Mich., for five years. In 1861, he enlisted in the Second Michigan Cavalry, and stood guard one night, after which he was promoted and transferred to Hospital Steward of the Third Regiment. The command went to St. Louis, and he remained in the army until May, 1862, when, owing to failing health, and at the advice of his physician, he was discharged and taken to his home by the attending physician. In the fall of the same year, having somewhat recovered his health, he was elected Chaplain of his old regiment, and in February following was commissioned to that office by Gov. Blair. He remained with the regiment until the close of the war, and was mustered out of the service in February, 1866. He then removed to his present residence, bought a farm of forty acres, and since has added sixty-three acres to it. His success has been good, and his farm which is highly improved, shows the care he has bestowed upon it, and his superior judgment as an agriculturist. In 1854, he married Miss Lucy Courtright, a native of Ohio. They have had five children, but two of whom are now living — O. E. Harmon, a lawyer at Chehalis, Lewis Co., W. T.; he married Miss Viola Noyes, a daughter of James A. Noyes, of Missouri, and is doing well; Ulysses who is farming with his father. Mr. Harmon and his family are members of the Christian Church, and he often occupies the pulpits of different churches as his health will permit. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the K. of H. Politically, he is a Republican. He has served one year as President of the Union County Agricultural Fair Association.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 69-70.

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