JOSEPH BARDER, farmer, section 12, Barton Township, was born in austria, April 18, 1824, and is the son of Peter and Magdalena (Stieger) Barder. He lived in his native country until 1867, passing the yers of his childhood in obtaining the education bestowed upon children of the class to which he belonged, and afterwards engaging in agriculture, subject to all the privations incident to the laboring community under a monarchical government.
On coming to the United States, he located at Cleveland, Ohio, and there engaged in farming. In 1877 he came to Newaygo County, bought a farm of 160 acres in Barton Township, and has since given his exclusive attention to its improvement and cultivation.
Mr. Barder was married in 1867, to Anna Sker, a native of Switzerland. They have a family of six children: Katie, Joseph, Lizzie, Edward, Antoine and Martha. Mr. Barder acts politically with the Republican party.