This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on HARTER. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
One book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deals with the Harter family: Mary McClellan Harter's Harter History.
There are 23 different first-name entries for Harter in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' HARTER neighbors in 1890:
In CENTRE HALL Borough:
Aaron H., 39, engineer Carrie A. Charles L. 10 Willie B. 7 Harry L. 4
In GREGG Township:Ezra C., 28, farmer--Spring Mills Minnie E. Hannah R. Samuel, 57, farmer--Spring Mills Lydia A.
In LIBERTY Township:William I., 36, manufacturer--Blanchard Alice M.
In MARION Township:Andrew, 67, farmer--Bellefonte Susan Jacob A. 35 Harry E. 17 Albert 14 Cora Edna Clemmon, 19--Bellefonte Daniel, 50, laborer--Walker Walter D. 22 Bessie Alice S. Harry E. 25 Margaret A. Oneda K. Leon E. 4 mos. David, 55, farmer--Bellefonte Lucy A. Ollie 8 Calvin M. 30 Amanda Charles N. 2 George, 16--Bellefonte George M., 26, farmer--Walker Susan F. John R. 3 Caroline K.
In MILES Township:Daniel, 52, laborer--Wolfs Store Abigail Rosa Emmanuel, 59, farmer--Rebersburg Elvina Sallie P. Samuel 24 John W., 35, clerk--Rebersburg Ida A. Louisa--Rebersburg
In MILLHEIM Borough:Absalom, 51, contractor Catharine George A. 26 Adam T., 25, cabinetmaker Minnie Freddie F. 2 Andrew J., 44, tanner Mary H. George H. 11 Ann Maria John F., 33, dentist Lotta H. Sadie Jessie M. John M., 57, dentist Ezra C. 17 Jonathan, 54, undertaker Susan Ada M. Sarah M. Theressa S. Robert E. 21 Harry 2
In PENN Township:Absalom, 53, autioneer--Millheim Carrie A. Morgan E. 6 George W., 46, farmer--Millheim Harriet A. Susan E. Mary E. Boyd F. 6 George A. 1 Jacob M., 43, farmer--Coburn Susan C. Andrew M. 19 Forrest E. 15 Mary C. Harry W. 8 Charles 5 John B. 3 Lydia A. Lillie--Sober Reuben, 52, farmer--Coburn Mary Anna E. Mazie Benjamin 31 Stuart O. 4 Randall A. 6
In POTTER Township:George M., 46, miller--Centre Hill Sarah Ephraim C. 23 Anna Sarah V.