|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1843|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 1907|
Webster City Tribune
Friday, June 14, 1907
Page 1, Col. 6
LAST SERMON IS PREACHED
Rev. Thomas J. Barr, Living Six and a Half Miles South of This City, Succumbs to Heart Trouble.
SIXTY FOUR YEARS OF AGE
Has been Minister in Iowa since 1873 — Has Lived on Farm for About 35 Years
Rev. T. J. Barr, an old time resident of this county and a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died of heart trouble Thursday morning on his farm six and a half miles south of this city. Though, on account of poor health he retired many years ago and has since resided on his farm, only during the past four years has his health been very
poor. Last summer his condition improved somewhat but grew worse in the winter. Again this spring he gained and was able to walk out on several pleasant days. About ten days ago he was forced to take to his bed for the first time. It proved to be his death bed.
Thomas J. Barr was born in Illinois, about 20 miles south of Bloomington, on August 19, 1843. He resided with his parents until he reached manhood's estate, receiving from them an excellent education. He attended school at the Wesleyan University at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1865 he was married to Miss Nancy J. Garrett of Kentucky. During the year that followed his marriage he taught school and farmed. In 1866 he and his wife moved to this county and located on a farm in Freedom township. A year and a half later they returned to Illinois where Mr. Barr entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church, his first charge being at Bath. He subsequently was stationed at several points In Illinois. In 1873 he returned again to Iowa and entered the Northwest Iowa Conference, serving the charges of Hook's Point or Stratford, Sac City, Storm Lake and the Webster City circuit.
His health growing worse he returned to his 240 acre farm where he has resided for many years.
Mr. Barr leaves a wife and nine children. Of the children Homer, Alva, Asa and Cora reside at the family home, while Thomas, Roy, William, Lewis and Joseph reside on nearby farms. Rev Barr also is survived by two sisters In Waynesville, 111., one in Atlanta, III., two brothers in Kansas, and one brother and a sister in this city, Mrs. W. J. Silvers and Mr. A. J. Barr.
Rev. Barr was a man of high and noble character and his death will be universally regretted.
Thomas Barr (1813 - 1887)
Elsie C. Watt Barr (1815 - 1892)
Nancy Jeannea Garrett Barr (1847 - 1913)*
Thomas Alden Barr (1868 - 1936)*
Cora M. Barr (1870 - 1955)*
Asa R. Barr (1887 - 1918)*
Alva J. Barr (1887 - 1953)*
Andrew Jackson Barr (1833 - 1913)*
Elizabeth Ann Barr Silvers (1835 - 1930)*
William Riley Barr (1837 - 1924)*
Thomas Jefferson Barr (1843 - 1907)
Francis Marion Barr (1848 - 1928)*
Matilda J. Barr (1853 - 1853)*
Created by: Cathy Dayton
Record added: Jun 23, 2013
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