A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
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
He was born at Radcliff, Ohio, December 11, 1897, son of Herbert R. and Emma
Ethel (Fitzpatrick) Harder. His parents are residents of Wilkesville, Ohio.
Mr. Harder had his first advantages in country schools in Ohio, and after
graduating from high school in 1916 entered Ohio University. During 1917-18
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 the armistice
he returned home, was high school principal four months, and for five months
attended the Municipal University of Akron, Ohio. He was paying his way
while in this school by work in the Goodrich rubber factory. He then returned to
Ohio University and in 1920 graduated Bachelor of Science in education. In
Ohio he was principal of the high school at Fayette, principal of the high
school at Fairfield, and of the Fairfield Centralized at Columbiana, Ohio.
On coming to Iowa Mr. Harder served as principal of the school of Lamoni
from 1922 to 1924. During 1924-25 he was in Iowa State College at Ames, doing
work that earned him the Master of Science degree. In addition to his college
degrees Mr. Harder is a man eminently qualified by character and personal
temperament for the work of an educator. He belongs to various teachers
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 at Bonaparte,
Iowa, and left there in September, 1929, to take up his duties as superintendent
at Woodbine. His first year's work has made a very favorable impression on
the community. Mr. Harder is a member of the Orphans Friend Lodge of Masons
at Wilkesville, Ohio, and belongs to the Royal Arch Chapter at Bopnaparte,
Iowa. In religion he is a member of the Latter Day Saints Church. He married
Myra B. Nelson, a native of Cherry County, Nebraska, and their two children
are Keith Cyril, Jr., and Doris Elaine.
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