A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and NewYork 1931
KEITH C. HARDER, superintendent of schools at Woodbine, began his career as an educator in his native State of Ohio and has been an Iowa school man since 1922.
He was born at Radcliff, Ohio, December 11, 1897, son of Herbert R. andEmma Ethel (Fitzpatrick) Harder.His parents are residents of Wilkesville,Ohio. Mr. Harder had his first advantages in country schools in Ohio, andafter graduating from high school in 1916 entered Ohio University.During1917-18 he taught at Zaleski, Ohio, and left the school room to join the colors, enlisting in the Naval Aviation Corps.For two and a half months he was in training at the Dunwoody Institute at Minneapolis, Minnesota.After thearmistice he returned home, was high school principal four months, and for fivemonths attended the Municipal University of Akron, Ohio.He was paying hisway while in this school by work in the Goodrich rubber factory.He thenreturned to Ohio University and in 1920 graduated Bachelor of Science ineducation.In Ohio he was principal of the high school at Fayette,principal of the high school at Fairfield, and of the Fairfield Centralized atColumbiana, Ohio.
On coming to Iowa Mr. Harder served as principal of the school ofLamoni from 1922 to 1924.During 1924-25 he was in Iowa State College atAmes, doing work that earned him the Master of Science degree.In additionto his college degrees Mr. Harder is a man eminently qualified by character andpersonal temperament for the work of an educator.He belongs to variousteachers organizations and is a member of the fraternities Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta at Ames, and the Lambda Delta Sigma of Graceland College at Lamoni.
Mr. Harder from 1925 to 1929 was superintendent of schools atBonaparte, Iowa, and left there in September, 1929, to take up his duties assuperintendent at Woodbine.His first year's work has made a veryfavorable impression on the community.Mr. Harder is a member of theOrphans Friend Lodge of Masons at Wilkesville, Ohio, and belongs to the RoyalArch Chapter at Bopnaparte, Iowa.In religion he is a member of the LatterDay Saints Church.He married Myra B. Nelson, a native of Cherry County,Nebraska, and their two children are Keith Cyril, Jr., and Doris Elaine.