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BENJAMIN H. BARROWS
He was born 30 Dec 1847 to Willard and Ann Williams Barrows on a farm in Rockingham Township, Scott, IA – two miles west of Davenport (annexed 1957). He received a liberal education at Griswold College, an all-male Episcopal school on the sw corner of 10th & Main in Davenport, and forerunner [Iowa College] to Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.
His older sister, "Carie" [Caroline] was married to banker, Nebraska Senator and prominent Omahan, Joseph H. Millard.
When Ben was 17 yo [ca 1867], he accompanied his father, General Willard Barrows and Carie's father-in-law Joseph Millard to Virginia City, Montana, where the two older men started a bank.
Rich placer diggings were discovered in Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863. The stampede of gold seekers began! Sluices lined the gulch. "Cities" blossomed as trading and amusement centers for free-handed miners. Virginia City, the best known and sole survivor, became Capitol of the Territory.
This very-much-alive ghost town is frozen in time. It is a well-preserved Victorian gold mining town 20 miles west of Yellowstone National Park (90 miles by road). When the gold ran out, there was enough left that homes and businesses were occupied, but not enough wealth to remodel the buildings. So it froze, and now represents the whole Victorian era. It is the true and original Old West. Ben stayed two years before returning to Davenport. He became a reporter on the Davenport Democrat.
In 1872, as an Omaha resident, he was nominated and elected to the state legislature. After this service, he became a newspaper editor and writer for the Omaha Daily Republican. His editorials on pending state issues attracted wide attention. Algernon S. Paddock, first-term US Senator appointed him as consul to Dublin, Ireland, on 24 Feb 1876, which he occupied for 10 years.
While in Ireland he married Lizzie Phelan in 1878, dtr of a prominent barrister. Five children, three dying at an early age, were a product of this union.
In 1886 he returned to Omaha with Lizzie, daughter Hilda and son Willard III. Lizzie died that year. He became chief of the Union Pacific Railroad advertising department. He accepted the position of City Librarian until Fall 1897 when he did literary work for the National Republican Committee. In August 1901, he was appointed chief deputy in the United States Surveyor of Customs until 1903 when he was appointed to the office of surveyor until his 1910 death.
In the late 1890s, Willard married Miss Gertrude Carpenter Fitzpatrick. They had a son Ronald C(Carpenter?). He died of heart complications on his birthday 30 Dec 1910 and was buried in Omaha's Prospect Hill Cemetery, survived by Gertrude and Ronald, 11 yo at that time, and Willard and Hilda (Mrs. Harry Nicholson, Alliance, NE), children from his marriage to Lizzie.
Benjamin H. Barrows (1847 - 1910)*
Prospect Hill Cemetery
Plot: Barrows, Benjamin and Lizzie
Created by: Carol
Record added: Aug 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56927972
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