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Howard O. Barber
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1848
Death: Feb. 27, 1900

HAROLD O. BARBER, was born at Rock Grove, Illinois, June 16, 1848, and died at his home in Milledgeville, Tuesday evening, February 27, 1900, aged 51 years, 8 months and 11 days. His boyhood years were spent on a farm. In 1870 he came to Carroll Co., where he has since resided, except four years spent near Rock Grove, Ill.

Dec. 7th, 1870 Mr. Barber was united in marriage to Miss Mary Allison, of this place. To them four children were born, Miss Cora, Frank Harry and Price, all of whom with the wife, survive him. For the first few years after his marriage Mr. Barber engaged in farming and November 2nd 1874, he moved to town where he has been prominent in business circles, being at the time of his death engaged in the hardware and implement business. Besides his wife and children he leaves three brothers and four sisters, all of whom were able to be present at the funeral services except two, Mrs. Amanda Williams, of Wyoming, Iowa and Mrs. Maggie Chambers, of Bennett, Nebraska. Those who were here were Mrs. Nancy J. Foster, of Rock City, Illinois; Wilson Barber, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Foster, Price, and Mary Barber, of Rock Grove, Illinois.

Mr. Barber was a member of the Methodist church, of this place, having united Easter Sunday, 1891, under the pastorate of Rev. A. C. Gruber. In his church he was a devoted, active member, always ready to serve in any capacity where he was needed, either officially, as class leader or as teacher. He was always interested in the welfare of the church, and especially in the young people. In him the young people particularly had a warm friend, one whose interest in them was more than a passing one. His cheerful, encouraging talks to them and to those with whom he was thrown in contact in the work, will long be remembered and cherished. Mr. Barber was a member of the Masonic fraternity of this city, and also of the camp of the Modern Woodmen of America. Here, as in his church he was anxious and willing to do all in his power to promote the welfare of both lodges, At the school elecion last spring, Mr. Barber was elected to a position on the school board of the town, and served faithfully the interests entrusted to him. Although serving in this capacity not quite a year his visits to the school and his friendly, encouraging talks to the teachers and pupils will make him long remembered with kindness. He was by nature friendly. Although with others he had his dark days, yet, withal he was a good-feeling man and one who thought very much of friendship, and like the companionship of warm, close friends. He was an industrious, hard working man and accomplished results with a rare degree of success.

Although never a strong man physically, he had that strength of moral character which made him an inspiration and help to those who came to him in trouble. His cheerful nature which prompted always a cordial, hearty greeting for his friends and acquaintances, was an example worthy of imitation. Mr. Barber was taken sick, Sunday, February 18, although he attended church and Sabbath school as usual. The next day he was confined to his bed and although very sick he was not considered dangerous until Tuesday, the 27th, when he began to fail rapidly, until death came that evening, shortly after eleven o'clock. To the last he was conscious and knew that the end was near. As his family gathered around him to be near him during the last few moments he spoke to each personally, encouraging, advising, comforting them, and when at last the end came he closed his eyes in that last sleep, quietly and peacefully with a firm trust in the God who had been a comforter and counselor to him during his life.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. Davis and Baldwin, assisted by Rev. Teeter of the Progressive church. The beautiful floral offerings, from the school, the church, the Epworth League, both the lodges of which he was a member and his many friends testify to the high regard in which he was held by all. The Masonic fraternity, the M. W. of America, teachers and the high school pupils attended in a body. The church was completely filled with the friends, and many were obliged to stand. This alone would show the love and friendship which was felt toward him. The funeral services at the grave were conducted by the Masons. The pall bearers were I. T. Olmsted, T. O. Wolfe, S. M. Kaisinger, S. H. Todd, Y. M. Cantrail, J. F. Greenawalt. The remains were laid in rest in the Bethel cemetery.

Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated scrapbook clipping.

From Illinois Genealogy Trails website

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  Cora E. Barber (1873 - 1902)*
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Bethel Cemetery
Carroll County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Dave & Pam Jindrich
Record added: Mar 21, 2011
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