Noted church leader is called by death: Roger Williams Hardman, Sr., organizer of Baptist congregations, dies at Milwaukee
- Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 19 Feb 1926, p. 4
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Roger Williams Hardman, Sr., for many years a resident of Chicago and Rogers Park but more recently of Evanston, and well known on the north shore, where he made his home with his son, passed away at the Milwaukee, Wis., sanitarium, Thursday, February 4, following an illness of only ten days duration. Mr. Hardman was in his eightieth year, but retired from a long active business life only two years ago. His health began failing about a year ago, but his final illness was a brief duration. Funeral services were conducted at the Rogers Park Baptist church, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Burial was at Rose Hill.
Mr. Hardman was born January 12, 1847, at Martinsburg, Ohio, his parents being Elias and Nancy Hardman. As a young man he taught in the local schools, coming to Chicago when 26 years of age. He became associated with the firm of Field and Leiter with whom he remained for two years, when he entered the employee of the wholesale drygoods firm of J. V. Farwell and company, and with whom he remained continuously until his retirement two years ago.
Mr. Hardman was reared in a devout christian family, and early in life affiliated with the Martinsburg, O., Baptist church. Upon coming to Chicago he became identified at once with the North Shore Baptist church, and active in the choir and Sunday school. It was while attending this church that he met his future wife, Miss Georgiana Phillips, a member of his Sunday school class. Later they affiliated themselves with the new organization of the La Salle Avenue Baptist church where they became actively identified with all the church activities, he being superintendent of the Sunday school for many years, and deacon from its organization until he and his family, moving further north in this city, again assisted in the organization of a new church, known as the Belden Avenue Baptist church. Again moving further north he and his family established their new home in Rogers Park where they live 33 years, until the death of his wife, in June, 1920. There being no Baptist church in Rogers Park when the family settled there, they worshipped with the Congregational church. About a year later, the Hardmans, with eight or ten other Baptist families, organized the present Rogers Park Baptist church, where Mr. Hardman again became deacon from the date of its organization and was for many years superintendent of its Sunday school and deacon emeritus for the last five years.
Since the death of his wife, Mr. Hardman has made his home with his eldest son, Roger W. Hardman, of 2202 Wesley avenue, Evanston. Two other sons also survive, Ralph L., of 2722 Eastwood avenue, Evanston, and Paul P., also of Evanston, residing at 2740 Ridge avenue.
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- 19 Feb 1926
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- Farwell, J. V. ; Hardman, Elias ; Hardman, Nancy ; Hardman, Paul ; Hardman, Ralph ; Hardman, Roger ; Phillips, Georgiana
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