About Us

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Sarah Harding is a non-profit independent living center providing an atmosphere enhancing the quality of life for seniors.


The family of Mrs. Harding wanted to honor her wishes of creating a place where retirees could live a life of community, activity, and dignity among people who cared about them. To ensure that dream, they left an endowment.

Our Staff —— Click on each item in WHITE text — below

  • Doug Harridge Executive Director*****************CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION about Doug

    Douglas Harridge joined the team as Executive Director in February of 2018. He has over 20 years of senior care experience and over 15 years of teaching prior to that. He has an associate’s degree in business and a bachelors in music education. Doug worked for Petersen Healthcare for 6 years as a Regional Marketing Director and Administrator. He spent 13 years in Peoria and recently moved back to Morrison to be closer to family. He is active in the Morrison Music Theater Association, directing two shows in the past year. He is an active professional musician in the area and plays organ at the First Presbyterian Church in Morrison, IL.

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  • Cleta Gilmore Assistant Director *****************CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION about Cleta

    I was raised in the Mount Carroll area growing up. Then moved to Colorado Springs Colorado from 1982 to 1993. While living in Colorado I received an Associate’s Degree as a Medical Assistant. I worked for a group of surgeons prior to moving back to Illinois.

    After moved back to this area I worked for a local Podiatrist in Clinton for 10 years. I took this job at Sarah Harding as the Assistant Director and Business Office manager in 2011. My job here at Sarah Harding at been such a rewarding job and a pleasure serving our wonderful residents. I so enjoy interacting with the residents and their families. I get to hear so many wonderful stories about their lives and have learned a great deal.

    I love coming to work every day and my plan is to work here until I retire myself. Maybe I’ll become a resident here one day!

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  • Mary Wilson, Community Relations *****************CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION about Mary

    Mary Wilson has been with Sarah Harding for over 1 year, but has worked in senior living for over 7 years. Mary was raised in the Clinton/Camanche community. She and her husband Roger, have resided in the Clinton area, have been employed locally, and raised their two daughters in the Clinton School system. Mary says that the best part of her job is working with the staff and residents of Sarah Harding. She is very active in her church and community, and loves spending time with her seven grandchildren.

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  • Board of Directors. *****************CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION about Our Board of Directors

    Sarah Harding Senior Living is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. These dedicated community members serve without compensation for the betterment of residents' lives and the future of Sarah Harding. They hire and support an executive staff to maintain the daily functions and high level of care expected. Meet them below.The Board of Directors include: Raymond Smith (President), (Vice President), (Secretary), Mary Swanson (Treasurer), Sherril Kroemer, Michael Bell, Greg Farwell, John Totten, Tammy Ebensberger, Kathy Klahn, Brian Donnelly, and Susan Richeson

Our Sarah Harding Story

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Henry and Sarah Harding came from Cleveland, Ohio following their marriage in 1854. After several stops along their route, they settled in the small community of Lyons, Iowa. A stone-mason by trade, Henry soon was in the general contracting business building some of the largest buildings in Lyons.

Years later, they moved to the newly established City of Clinton. In Clinton, Henry and Sarah raised a family of four boys and one girl. Henry built a fine brick home for his family on the corner of 10th Avenue North and Second Street. It was at that time that Sarah began to express the dream that she would like to have their stately house become a home for retired people.

Two of the sons, Albert and Edward, left Clinton and settled in Washington D.C. where they opened a paper box firm in 1908. Through careful and frugal management, along with encouraging business firms to use their boxes as gift containers, the business became a financial success.

When it came time for Albert and Edward's retirement, the two brothers provided a living trust for their close relatives. Then, remembering their deceased mother's often-expressed wishes, they decided to establish and endow a home for the retired and name it after their mother.

They visited Clinton looking for an appropriate site for the new facility and ultimately purchased an estate known as the Frank J. Iten home. They also purchased a 78-acre farm on the outskirts of Clinton. A board of trustees comprised of local citizens was designated to conduct the affairs of the retirement home. They arranged and supervised the extensive remodeling of the Iten home to convert it into retirement living quarters.

They stipulated that a trust fund be established for Sarah Harding. Income from the trust was to be used to maintain the home, keeping costs to the residents at a minimum and providing a base for future building programs. After much planning and discussion following Edward’s death, it was decided to construct a new five-story building in 1967. That is the current structure on Bluff Boulevard.

In the meantime, the farm property the brothers had purchased earlier was sold to the Clinton Park Board and the Clinton Community School district. Today this is the site of the Ericksen Center and the former Harding School. Sarah Harding Senior Living continues to provide for its residents and the community of Clinton through the private funds and generosity of the Harding brothers.