Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

HERMAN H. HARDIEK is one of the most prominent business men of Teutopolis, and one of its leading citizens. He is proprietor of the largest general merchandise establishment in the place and also of a large lumber yard. As he has a wide acquaintance and is very favorably known, we take pleasure in presenting this record of his life to our readers. He was born in Hanover, Germany, May 8, 1842, and is a son of Herman and Gertrude (Wenke) Hardiek, who were also natives of the same country. The mother died in that land. The father came to America in 1864, and here spent the remaining years of his life, passing away December 6, 1877. His remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery of Teutopolis.

Our subject spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof, remaining at home until eighteen years of age, when he determined to seek his fortune in America. He accordingly crossed the Atlantic and made his first location in Teutopolis, where he has since resided. He only had $5 left after paying for his passage and gave that to some fellow-passengers whom he thought worse off than himself. Thus he arrived here literally penniless, and has worked his way upward to a position of affluence. His first work was as a farm hand. For a year's service he received $60, and of this he sent $50 to bring his sister to America. After two years spent in the employ of others, he rented land and engaged in farming for himself, until he engaged in mercantile business at this place.

In September, 1865, Mr. Hardiek was united in marriage with Miss Katie Bunker, and by their union were born thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters, of whom seven are now deceased. The living are Barney, John, Katie, Joseph, Annie and Leo, all of whom are still with their parents. The family occupies an enviable position in social circles and the household is the abode of hospitality.

In his political affiliations, Mr. Hardiek is a Democrat. Himself and family are all members of the German Catholic Church. As before stated, our subject is one of the most prominent merchants of Teutopolis. He possesses excellent business ability, is enterprising, energetic and progressive, and by his fair and upright dealings and his earnest desire to please his customers, he has won a liberal patronage. His trade has constantly increased from the beginning until it has now assumed extensive proportions. Mr. Hardiek may truly be called a self-made man, for his success is due entirely to his own efforts, having been achieved by good management and industry. In the affairs of the city he bears a prominent part and manifests a commendable interest in all that pertains to the welfare of the community and its upbuilding.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 271. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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