Feb. 25, 1955 Fredericksburg Chickasaw County Iowa, USA
Ed Barker and Miss Louise M. Countryman were married at the Baptist parsonage at Fredericksburg Saturday evening, Oct. 30, Rev. Bentley officiating. On Monday evening, Nov. 1, the brass band came down from Fredericksburg and a large crowd of Mr. Barker's old friends and neighbors met there. They had some very fine music and all had a'good time. There were one hundred and fifty-two present, not counting the small children, and they were all treated to numerous kinds of good things to eat.
Sumner Gazette November 11, 1897
Mrs. Louise Barker, age 90, died at her home here Friday evening from complications of old age.
Born at Monticello, Iowa, April 2, 1865 the daughter of Charles and Violetta (Farnum) Countryman, she came to this vicinity in 1867, to Mentor, about five miles south of town and later attended the Mentor rural school. She was married to Ed Barker Nov. 26, 1897 and they lived on the homestead south of town until 1912 when they moved to Fredericksburg.
She is survived by one son Earl Houck by a previous marriage, two step children, Mrs. T. M. Burke and Lance barker, all of Frederickaburg, one grandson, Vernon Houck of Reidsport, Ore. and one great granddaughter, also four step-grandchildren and one brother, Ralph Countryman of Tampa, Fla. She was preceded her husband Jan. 8, 1939, and lived alone until about four years ago, when due to her failing health her son Earl came from Chicago to be with her and care for her in her last years. She was also preceded by two sisters and four brothers. She was a member of the First Baptist church and the Baptist Missionary Circle.
Hers was a long and useful life with its share of hardships and sorrows, but her attitude was always one of a calm acceptance and she found pleasure in the little things of every day life.
Funeral services in charge of Rev. P. W. Bruns were held from the Chenoweth Funeral Home at 2p.m. Monday.
Mrs. Earl March and Mrs. James Ott sang "Rock of Ages" and "The Old Rugged Cross", accompanied by Mrs. H. S. Kerssen.
Mrs. Hazel Chase and Mrs. Robert Davis were in charge of the flowers. Pallbearers were Marlowe Burke, Earl March, Edwin Barker, Herman Niewoehner, Arle Morf, and Bernard Lonie. Burial was in Rose Hill.