|Birth: ||Sep. 7, 1860|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1919|
Amos "Lincoln" Barker was the first white child born in Denver -- his father was a pioneer and built the first home in Denver in 1858. He was named for his paternal grandfather, Amos Barker.
6 Ch: Robert E., Olive J., Ruth A., Eunice I., Donald Lincoln, Dorothy M.
Denver Post - Aug. 25, 1919
A.L. BARKER, CITY'S FIRST FIREMAN, "DENVER'S BEST KNOWN MAN," DIES
Noted Pioneer Helped Fight Some of Fierest Fires Here - Was Organizer of Sons of Colorado; Father Built First House in Denver.
A.L. Barker, 59, said by pioneers to have been the first male white, fireman, first president and one of the organizers of the Sons of Colorado, and former alderman, died at Mercy hospital Sunday after an operation two weeks ago for cancer.
Barker, familiarly known as "Link". He was known to thousands and has been called "Denver's best known man."
Barker's parents came to Denver in 1858 and were the second family to move here. His father, A.H. Barker, built the first house in Denver, a log structure at Eleventh and Winkoop streets. Two years later on Sept. 7, 1860, "Link" Barker was born in a cabin at Eights street and Colfax avenue.
He joined the old volunteer fire department on Aug. 14, 1879. The paid fire department was organized in 1881. Barker joined it Jan. 31, 1883, when the old volunteer company, No. 2, was disbanded. He rapidly made his way to the rank of captain.
In 1907 and 19078 he served as alderman from the Second ward. Of recent years he had been engaged as fire dispatcher and reporter.
HAD BEEN ILL FOR SEVERAL YEARS
Barker was first president and one of the organizers of the Sons of Colorado. Twenty years ago he succeeded C.R. Hartman as chief of the Veteran Volunteer Firemen's association, which office he held to the time of his death. He was a member of Occidental Lodge of the Woodmen of the World.
Barker had been ill for several years. A year ago, while with his friend, Captain Crowley, he fainted while in a local restaurant. He never fully recovered. Two months ago he was compelled to leave his work because of illness. Two weeks ago he was taken to Mercy hospital and underwent an operation.
Besides his widow, Barker is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Thomas Lawrence of Glendale, Cal., and Mrs. Max McClain, Mrs. Josephine Parsons, and Miss Margaret Barker of Covina, Cal.; by five children, Robert, Donald, Olive and Eunice Barker of Denver and Mrs. James Sandison of Casper, Wyo., and by three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Anselm Holcomb Barker (1822 - 1895)
Lucinda Liston Barker (1823 - 1899)
Emma S Stevens Barker (1862 - 1952)
Mary Nancy Barker McClain (1847 - 1933)*
Sarah Josephine Barker Parsons (1855 - 1922)*
Annabel Barker Lawrence (1857 - 1940)*
Amos Lincoln Barker (1860 - 1919)
Margaret Barker (1864 - 1942)*
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