Shelby  County  Indiana



          Rastus Monroe Harder  was born September 9th, 1884, the youngest child of  Lorenzo Dow Harder  and  Mary Jane Tarrant.  He was just a baby when his father was killed in 1885.  His mother remarried in 1892 to  George Carter.  Rastus (called "Ras") married  Dollie Bingamon  on March 25, 1905.  They settled in Strasburg and had only one son  John  who died at the age of 3 months.  Ras worked as a carpenter.  While in the employ of the Hess Warming & Ventilating company, he came to Decatur in February 1918 to work at the Union Street mill project of the Suffern-Hunt Elevator Company.  On March 14th, 1918, while in the discharge of his duties, he fell 30 feet from a scaffolding.  The fall broke his back and caused him to became paralyzed.  He remained at St. Mary's hospital in Decatur for 5 months before his death.  His death certificate says the cause of death was from "exhaustion induced by injuries accidently received on March 14, 1918 due to fall, crushing spine".  He died at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur on August 20, 1918.  The body was shipped to Strasburg for the funeral and burial.  He was also a member of the Strasburg Baptist Church.
Note:  Ras' widow, Dollie, remarried the next year to  Henry Vincent Fallon.  She died in 1944, he is 1947.  They share a tombstone at Grace Cemetery with Rastus Harder.
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