Indiana McCaslins

John W HarrerAge: 86 years19282015

John W Harrer
Birth October 20, 1928 27 28
Census 1930 (Age 14 months)
Death of a maternal grandmotherGrace E Lineberry
before 1936 (Age 7 years)

Census 1940 (Age 11 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJulius Carleton McCaslin
January 22, 1946 (Age 17 years)
Emigration October 23, 1951 (Age 23 years)
Immigration October 28, 1951 (Age 23 years)
Death of a motherViolet Esther (Esther) McCaslin
November 5, 1978 (Age 50 years)
Burial of a motherViolet Esther (Esther) McCaslin
after November 5, 1978 (Age 50 years)
Death of a fatherWilbert Joshua (Wib) Harrer
September 27, 1986 (Age 57 years)
Death March 23, 2015 (Age 86 years)

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BirthYakima Herald Republic
Census1930 US Federal Census
Census1940 US Federal Census
ImmigrationNew York Passenger Lists 1820-1957
DeathYakima Herald Republic
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In the 1930 US Federal Census for Belgrade, Gallatin, Montana, 28-year-old Pennsyvania-born farmer Wilbert J and his 29-year-old Indiana-born wife Esther [Violet Esther McCaslin] Harrer were married when he was 22- and she was 23-years old [sic]. They have in their household their Montana-born sons, 3-year 9-month old William T and one-year 5-month old John W, and 27-year-old Nebraska-born hired man Fred Wellman. Wilbert and Esther can read, write and speak English. Both Wilbert and Fred have worked on the last regularly scheduled work day. Neither has served in the military. Wilberts' father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Illinois, Esther's parents were born in Indiana, and the children's father was born in Pennsylvania and their mother in Indiana. Fred's father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Indiana.

In the 1940 US Federal Census for Belgrade, Gallatin, Montana, 38-year-old Pennsyvania-born farmer Wilbert J and his 39-year-old Indiana-born wife V Esther [Violet Esther McCaslin] Harrer have in their household their Montana-born children, 13-year-old William T, 11-year-old John W and 5-year-old Ruth A, and Wilbert's 32-year-old Pennsylvania-born single brother Fred O Harrer. Also in this household are a hired girl,17-year-old Canada-born Margie J Moran, and two hired men, 32-year-old Montana-born Ivan Isom, and 23-year-old Illinois-born Delbert L Wallace. This household is living on Harrer Road. Wilbert owns a house and farm worth $52,000. Wilbert has completed two years of college; V Esther has completed four years of college; William has complete seven years of grade school; John has completed 4 years of grade school; Ruth as not attended school; Fred has completed four years of college; Margie has completed two years of high school; Ivan has completed eight years of grade school; Delbert has completed one year of high school. William, John and Margie have attended school in the past year. The Harrers were living in the same house in 1935. Margie was living in rural Madison County, Montana in 1935. Ivan was living in rural Montana in 1935. Delbert was living in rural Gallatin County, Montana in 1935. Wilbert and Fred are owner operators of the family farm and have worked 52 weeks of the year, but have no income to report. Margie has worked 52 weeks of the year and has earned $60. Ivan has worked 44 weeks of the year and has earned $450. Delbert has worked 32 weeks of the year and has earned $320.

On 28 Oct 1951, John W Harrer arrives in the port of New York on the Queen Elizabeth, which sailed from Cherbourg, France on 23 Oct 1951. He is 22-years-old, a single, white male, returning to Rte A, Helena, Montana. His passport is No. 434105, issued in Montana [USA]

On 30 Apr 1953, 24-year-old John W Harrer of Helena, Montana applies to marry 20-year-old Barbara Jean McNiven of Livingston, Montana. John was born in Bozeman, Gallatin, Montana to Wilbert J Harrer and Violet Esther McCaslin. Barbara was born at Great Falls, Cascade, Montana to John B McNiven and Bernice C Sommerville. Neither has been previously married, nor divorced. The license is issued by Arleda Guthrie, Cleark of District Court, Park County, Montana. They are married by Arthur W. Seebart, Minister of the Gospel, on 3 May 1953 at Livingston, Park, Montana, witnesses Lois Weeks and William T Harrer. This marriage certificate is filed for record 8 May 1953 at 9:30 o'clock by Arleda Guthrie, Clerk of Court and Lisa Adams, Deputy Clerk of Court, Park County, Montana.

Yakima Herald Republic, April 5, 2015 Dr. John W. Harrer, who practiced veterinary medicine for 36 years and never stopped caring for animals, was called home to be with his savior, Jesus, on Mar. 23, 2015. Born Oct. 20, 1928 in Bozeman, MT to Wilbert and Esther Harrer, John grew up on a cattle ranch near Belgrade, MT. After graduating from Belgrade High School, he attended Montana State University in the ROTC program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry. John spent the summer of 1951 in Greece as an International 4-H Youth Exchange delegate. He then served two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. John married Barbara McNiven in Livingston, MT on May 3, 1953. Their son, Bruce, and daughter, Susan, were born before they moved to Pullman, WA where John attended Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1960. John worked as a veterinarian in Billings, MT for nine months before starting a veterinary practice in Wisdom, MT in 1961. In 1966, he purchased a veterinary practice in Harrah, WA, where he served the community for 30 years until retirement in 1996.

John was a longtime member of the Harrah Community Church, where he served on the church board. He was Adjutant of American Legion Post 223. As a member of the Yakima Hard Core Runners Club, John participated in many 10K races. He organized and started the Harrah block watch program. John was active in the Yakima Valley Veterinary Association, the WA State Veterinary Association and the National Veterinary Association, through which he advanced his education and training. The family sincerely thanks the staff and caregivers at Cedar Hills Adult Residential Home for the excellent care John received during the final two and a half years of his battle with Parkinsons disease.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara, son, Bruce Harrer (Lori), daughter, Susan Hagensen (Jim), brother Bill Harrer (Dolores), sister Ruth Ann Massey, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 6 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 11 at 11:30 AM at Harrah Grace Brethren Church, 3701 Harrah Rd., Harrah, WA. Gifts in memory can be made to Yakima Humane Society, Harrah Community Church, or Parkinsons Disease Foundation c/o Shaw & Sons, 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901.