HARMON JOHN MARBOLD was born in Greenview, Illinois, on the 17th of April, 1865, and is a son of Henry Harmon and Margaret (Hackman) Marbold, who were both born in Germany but came to America when quite young and were married in this country.Extended mention is made of the family on another page of this volume. The early life of Harmon J. Marbold was that of the average farmer boy, spending his summers on the farm and attending the common schools in winter until fifteen years of age. He then entered the Wesleyan University at Bloomington, Illinois, where he spent three years. Soon after this he took a six months' course in a business college at Lexington, Kentucky. Later he spent a year in Bremen, Germany, under the instruction of a private tutor.
From boyhood Mr. Marbold has been a lover and admirer of horses, especially of trotting horses, and early began training the horses on the farm in this admired accomplishment. Later he became a driver of no mean ability, having driven on the same track with Bud Doble, Ed Geers and other noted drivers. Some years ago he opened the trotting stable on the Marbold stock farm at Greenview, Illinois, and subsequently Grand Baron became the head of a stable of well bred trotting horses. Grand Baron, whose breeding is of the very best, had a record of 2:121/4. In the summer of 1898 he was on the grand circuit pitted against The Monk, Dare Devil and others, and at Glens Falls, New York, they were to trot for a purse of two thousand dollars. Two days before the race was to come off, while exercising, Grand Baron fell dead on the track from heart disease. Mr. Marbold had been offered twelve thousand dollars for him a few days before he died. Mr. Marbold still raises trotting horses and trains but does not follow the races. He is extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising, operating a farm of over seven hundred acres. His home is one of the most beautiful places in central Illinois and is finished in the latest and most approved style.
On the 24th of June, 1891, Mr. Marbold was united in marriage to Miss Emma E. Miller the third daughter of R. D. and C. A. Miller, of Petersburg, Illinois. They were married in Ouray, Colorado, and to them have been born the following children: Margaret Ann, born March 22, 1892; Pauline Miller, born March 26, 1894; Anna Marie, who was born October 17, 1896, and died May 8, 1897; Charlotte Riche, born October 17, 1898; and Helen Agnes, born November 22, 1899.
Mr. Marbold was elected a member of the board of supervisors of Menard county in 1900 and re-elected to the same office in 1903. He is an active and successful business man, energetic and public spirited, and honorable in all his dealings with men. He is modest and unassuming in manner, but firm and self-asserting when necessary. His character is best seen in the family circle, where he exhibits the traits of a faithful husband and father. He is highly respected in the community where he has lived all his life, having a host of friends and but few enemies.