Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bill Hardiman - Secretary, Treasurer & Machinist

When William Joseph Hardiman was born on August 16, 1906, in Boise, Idaho, his father, Joseph, was 31 and his mother, Mary Eulalia Keegan, was 27. Bill had two younger brothers; Bernard and Paul.

In 1927 his father was a department manager at High and Fritschman Co. in Boise. The Boise City Directory shows William as single and living at 1311 North 14th Street and working as a bookkeeper for the Union Seed and Fuel Company. He married Evelyn Katherine Renk on October 12, 1933. They had two daughters; Patricia in 1934 and Sandra in 1938.  In 1939 the family moved to 612 Thatcher, which still looks pretty small for a family of four.

612 Thatcher Street, Boise
From 1943 to 1947 the San Jose City Directory shows them living at 235 North 12th Street about ten miles from where Bill was working as a machinist at the Hendy Iron Works.

235 North 12th Street, San Jose, CA
Ed, Bill, Karl and Andy in 1947
By 1949 the family had moved to a cute little adobe bungalow at 1016 Bonita in Los Altos while Bill was serving as the Secretary at Arrow.

1016 Bonita, Los Altos
The Anderson and Hardiman families were close. Marilyn and Carolyn were flower girls at Patricia's wedding and Pat taught them to play the piano. Pat and her husband Aiden Gough sold Andy Carolyn's first car, a 1956 VW bug.

Patrica and the Anderson Flower Girls

1956 Bug


Bill helps set up the McCormack assembly line in 1951

By 1954 they'd moved again, to 573 University in Mountain View. 

In the spring of 1956, he and Andy Anderson would leave Arrow to start their own construction company. 



Bill died on October 28, 1982, in Santa Clara, California, at the age of 76.

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