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Alex H. Hardie

b. 1889, d. 1962

 

WHS_005_781

 

         

Hardie’s cottage on Lake Koshkonong and small farm/fishing scene in rural Watertown (Koshkonong ?)

Same cabin appears in both paintings.

 

 

1898

06 15       ALEX HARDIE SEWS U.S. FLAG

It is seldom that a man attempts to do work in the sewing line even for himself, but A. A. Hardie, of this city, has been experimenting in that line and has made a success of the undertaking.  He recently conceived the idea of making a United States flag and after selecting the material set to work.  The result of his labors was thrown to the breeze over his place of business to-day, and it would be a credit to any seamstress.  "Old Glory" is depicted in all its colors, and is seven feet in length.  Mr. Hardie selected the goods and with the aid of his sewing machine finished the flag himself.  It is a creditable piece of work and he has been highly complimented by his numerous lady friends.   WR

 

1900

04 10       ALEX HARDIE, 11-YEAR-OLD, IN TERRIBLE ACCIDENT

A heart-rending accident occurred Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock near the Washington Street crossing of the Milwaukee Road, the result of which was that Alex Hardie, the 11-year-old son of A. A. Hardie, lost portions of both of his arms.  The boy, in company with two young companions, had climbed on an eastbound freight train at the Junction and was taking a ride when ordered off by one of the train crew.  In jumping to the ground Alex fell in some manner as to throw his arms across the rail, the wheels of the car passing over them and horribly mangling them.  He was carried to the home of David Waterhouse nearby and given medical attention.  It was found necessary to amputate both members, one above and the other below the elbow.  The little fellow withstood the operation manfully and is getting along splendidly. He will no doubt recover, although the shock must have been terrible for one so young.  He was removed to his father’s home on Fourth Street the following day.  The sad occurrence has been a severe trial to the fond father and in his trouble he has general sympathy.   WR

 

05 18       ARTIFICIAL ARMS FOR ALEX

Postmaster Gruetzmacher is having good success in soliciting funds for the purpose of buying artificial arms for little Alex Hardie, who recently had his arms cut off by the cars.  Charitably-inclined persons who wish to donate for this purpose can leave their contributions at the post office with Mr. Gruetzmacher or at his store on Main Street.  WG

 

1903

1903, Pallbearer, double funeral of Anna and Orlena Moak

 

1908

1908, Hook and Ladder Co officer

1908, Watertown Retail Grocers' Association

 

1909

01 22          WEBSTER DEBATING SOCIETY OFFICER

At the regular meeting of the Webster Debating Society held last week at the High School the following officers were elected:

 

President—Alex Hardie

Vice President—Cyrus Casey

Secretary—Zeno Walthers

Assistant Secretary—John Seager

Treasurer—Henry W. Krause      WG

 

03 19       Alex Hardie purchased of H. H. Parkhurst lots 4 and 5, block 19 in the First ward, the consideration being $1,500.    WG

 

 

1910      PAINTING

http://www.watertownhistory.org/Images/WHS_005_779.jpg   1910c, White Owl Club clubhouse painting, 110 N Fourth St

 

1912

03 28       ALEX HARDIE HAS ARTIFICIAL ARM

Alex. Hardie, aged 20 years, several years ago had both his arms cut off within an inch or two of the armpits in a railway accident.  He is now attending Kent College of Law, Chicago, and he recently purchased an artificial arm from a firm in Kansas City, Missouri, and when he visited in the city last week he carried his suitcase from the depot with his artificial arm and he can use it nearly as well as any one can a natural arm and hand.  He is very proud of his artificial arm, and all his old friends and schoolmates here were greatly pleased to see how naturally he handled it.  He expects to get another one in a short time for right arm.   WG

 

1946      PAINTING

 

The old G.B. Lewis Plant, barber shop on Main Street bridge seen in the distance ["The Bridge" barber shop, John Seager] (1946).  Shop taken out by March 26, 1904 flood.

 

1956      PAINTINGS

 

City dam near Milwaukee Street (1956).

 

  

City dam near Milwaukee Street, view from east bank (1956). Globe Mill, left; G.B. Lewis center. 

Fire destroyed the Lewis Water St. building in June of 1909.

 

  

Globe Mill, left; Alex Hardie 1905 picture, used in his painting, 1956

 

http://www.watertownhistory.org/Images/WHS_005_782sm.jpg 

Alex Hardie drawing of Lewis fire 1909

 

 

 

Cross References:

RootsWeb reference.

Oak Hill Cemetery burial 

1901 / 03 19 / Alex A. Hardie (brother to Alex H.?) elected Assistant Fire Chief (year of G.B. Lewis fire) << needs clarification

 

 

 

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