This came from Richland Co. History site. JOSEPH HARSHA is a native son of Richland county and is one of the progressive and popular farmers and well known citizens of Dayton township. He was born in the town of Akan, this county, June 13, 1861, and is a son of Francis A. and Elizabeth (Shannon) Harsha, the former of whom was born in Kentucky, in 1818, and the latter of whom was born in Indiana. They came to Wisconsin as young folk and their marriage was solemnized in Grant county, this state, whence they removed to Richland county in the fifties, becoming pioneers of Akan township, where the father secured a tract of heavily timbered land, establishing his primitive, pioneer dwelling in the midst of the forest and then setting himself vigorously to the work of reclaiming his farm to cultivation. He first secured eighty acres, later adding to his landed estate until he finally owned 200 acres. He was a stanch Republican in politics and both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They continued to make their home in this county until death and were held in high regard by all who knew them. Of their ten children five are living. Joseph Harsha was reared on the old homestead which was the place of his birth and his education was secured in the schools of Akan township. He has continued actively identified with agricultural pursuits, and he is now the owner of a specially well improved farm of 280 acres, in Dayton township. In politics he is a Republican and he has served as a member of the town board. He and his family hold membership in the United Brethren church. Nov. 14, 1888, Mr. Harsha was united in marriage to Miss Della Robinson, who was born in this county, Jan. 18, 1869, a daughter of William and Eliza Robinson. The children of this union are Blanche, Eliza and Burton.