Susan Harding’s fourth and final house stood at 514 North Sunny Lane. She is pictured at left with her son William. Also pictured is her sister Isabella Matthews, who is flanked by her daughters Bessie (at left) and Ida, a milliner. The house, which was later owned by Lee T. White, was razed in 1998.

Civil War general’s wife was pillar of Monmouth community

MONMOUTH, Ill. — Much has been written about the life of Gen. Abner Clark Harding, who helped bring the railroad through Monmouth, was a founder of Monmouth College, was a hero at the battle of Fort Donelson, served western Illinois as a member of Congress and was the first president of the precursor to Midwest Bank. Little has been noted, however, about his remarkable wife, Susan Ickes…

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