El Dorado County
Wife of John A. Barker, (1854-1930).
1919 biography from the Paul E Vandor book "The History of Fresno County" furnished by FindAGrave contributor, Lester Letson
MRS. FRANCES T. BARKER
A native daughter of the Golden State who has wielded an influence in the educational affairs of Fresno County, both in the capacity of an instructor and as assistant county superintendent of schools, is Mrs. Frances T. Barker, of Fresno. She was born in Eldorado County and is a daughter of Heth P. Kinch, one of the early pioneers of this state who came around the Horn, from New York State, when the gold excitement was at its height. That was the time when the lucky gold seekers would wander into the different camps with their tales of discovery of ledges, nuggets and
wonderful strikes or near-strikes of pay dirt. Mr. Kinch was closely identified with the life of Eldorado County and it was in that county that his wife passed to her reward, when her daughter Frances was a girl of seven.
As a girl Miss Kinch attended the public schools of her native state and after her mother's death she became a resident of Merced County, and it was there that her first
school was taught. In 1884 she came to Fresno County and four years later she began teaching in the elementary schools of this city. Her ability won for her the appointment, in January, 1907, of deputy county superintendent of schools under the very efficient superintendent, E. W. Lindsay, with whom she remained until January, 1919, when Mr. Lindsay's term expired and he did not again seek the position.
During the intervening years Mrs. Barker was his chief deputy and gave her entire time to the discharge of the duties of the position. When she retired it was with the
satisfaction of a work well done and with the good will of a host of close friends. Mrs. Barker is the mother of a daughter, Mrs. Elsa Signer, now of San Francisco.
John A. Barker (1854 - 1930)*
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: May 17, 2002
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