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Dr Perry Gordon Barrett
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Birth: Jul. 27, 1830
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 1900
Hood River
Hood River County
Oregon, USA

The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., January 12, 1900, page 3


The death of Dr. Barrett, Sunday, Jan. 7, 1900, which shocked the entire community, was the cause of heart wrenching scenes when the great loss was made known to the bereaved wife and grandchildren. He had gone to the barn to do the evening chores, and not returning as soon as usual, Mrs. Barrett requested Miss Clara Hinrichs to see what detained him. She found him in a sitting position by the barn, and knowing Mrs. Barrett weakness, immediately ran to B.F. Shoemaker's. Mrs. Shoemaker sent for her husband and J.H. Shoemaker and started with Miss Hinrichs for Dr. Barrett. Mrs. Shoemaker tried, but changing the position of the doctor, to see if there was any hope of the resuscitation. B.F. and J.H. Shoemaker were soon assisting, and being satisfied that life was extinct, tried to persuade Mrs. Shoemaker to go to the house and inform Mrs. Barrett, a task from which she shrank, realizing how completely Mrs. Barrett relied on the doctor and her devotion to him. The !
two little grandchildren, twin boys, who had come upon the scene, precipitated matters by going to the house, but Mr. Shoemaker went with them and then returned to the body with Mrs. Barrett. Her distress and that of the children was pitiable. Dr. Brosius, who was sent for in haste, gave the stricken wife the comforting assurance that death had been painless, and that he had not been dead many minutes before he was found. The doctor's business affairs had been arranged in anticipation of such a sudden end, but the people of the valley were entirely unprepared for their irreparable loss.


The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., January 12, 1900, page 2


Perry G. Barrett, M.D., who died at his home in Hood River valley, on Sunday evening, Jan., 7, 1900, was born at Kingsville, Ohio, July 27, 1830. Age at time of death was 69 years, 5 months, and 10 days. He was the second son of a family of eight children, six sons and two daughters. His eldest brother survives him at Buffalo, New York.

At the early age of 16 Dr. Barrett taught in the village school of his native town and continued his profession of teaching several years, when he entered a medical institution at Buffalo, New York, where he received the degree of M.D. He then went to Kansas where he practiced his profession until the war broke out, when he returned to Ohio. There being a demand for a larger medical staff in the army, Gov. Todd gave him the appointment of assistant surgeon; his ability and faithfulness soon earned for him a promotion to the position of a commissioned army surgeon, in which capacity he loyally served his country until the close of the war.

In 1866 Dr. Barrett was united in marriage with Miss Almeda H. Hodge, his bereft companion, at Jefferson, Ohio. After their marriage they located at Erie, Pa., where they embarked in business. Losing all their property by fire in 1870, they came to Oregon in 1871, settling on the farm which has since been their home.

Dr. Barrett followed the practice of his profession until about six years ago, since which time he lived a quiet and retired life at his country home. His kindly disposition, lofty sense of honor and integrity, noble devotion to high principles of life, secured for him a warm place in the affections of a large circle of neighbors and friends, to whom he bequeaths a name untarnished, and an influence that will always abide.

Dr. Barrett was largely instrumental in bringing about the organization of the first Congregational church of Hood River valley, and he remained true to his religious convictions until the last. He was a man who was well read, well informed on general topics, and had one of the best, if not the best, private libraries in the valley. A most devoted husband, and loving father, he will be greatly missed in his home of such comfortable all appointments. His estimable wife, who so heroically bears the loss of a loving, life long companion, receives the warm sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at the family residence, on Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. J.L. Hershner will make the address. The Masonic fraternity, of which Dr. Barrett was a member, will conduct the ritual service at the grave in Idlewild cemetery.
History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon. Compiled by Mrs. D.M. Coon
Dr. Barrett, his wife and daughter came to Hood River when it was but little better than a wilderness. He secured land five miles southwest of the Coe farm and enclosed it with a rail fence. A substantial two story frame building was erected for the home and a large roomy barn for the stock.
When the first school house was built in 1878 he was very active, and, as his holdings were the most valuable, he bore a larger portion of the expense incurred. Very naturally his name was given to the school, and it still remains a reminder of his good work.
Mrs. Barrett's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Hodge, were visiting with them while the school house was being built, and Mr. Hodge, although upward of eighty years of age, made the desks for the school. Mrs. Hodge was a very lovable woman and did much to assist and encourage the pioneer women whose families were sorely handicapped by lack of opportunity.
Dr. Barrett was an educated and skillful physician who always responded to calls for medical aid, yet his charges were only nominal. Mrs. Barrett was a woman of culture and refinement, a lover of nature and a botanical student. She would brave almost any hardship to find some new or rare plant. One plant found by her she was unable to find classified in the botanical books, so she sent it to Prof. Gray, author and botanist, of N.Y. He wrote her that it had never been classified and named it for her in his botanical work. When the author of "The Bridge of the Gods" needed a friend and helper he found one in Mrs. Barrett who with infinite pains assisted him in revising his work.
Julia, their daughter, attended the Barrett School for a few terms, she showed considerable ability in elocutionary work, probably the result of early training from Mrs. C.L. Henderson. At the age of fourteen she went to Rochester N.Y., to attend school and afterwards to Wellesley College. Mr. and Mrs. Hodge returned to Hood River and made this their permanent home that they might cheer Mr. and Mrs. Barrett in their loneliness. The long years crept by and Julia came back to them, not the little girl that had left them, but an educated woman and a fine musician. The old friends remaining came to greet her, but Hood River did not seem the same to her and she soon accepted a position as music teacher in a college in a town in the Willamette Valley. An occasional visit home and then she came back to make preparations for her marriage to Mr. Howell.
Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Howell located in Honduras where Julia contracted Honduras fever. She came back to Hood River and grew stronger for awhile, but was never well again. In October 1892 she passed away leaving twin sons to the care of her father and mother.
Mr. Hodge died about the year 1890 and Mrs. Hodge in July 1898. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett with their grandsons continued to live at the farm. They had a fine herd of Jersey cows in which he found a great deal of satisfaction. While caring for his stock one morning, he dropped dead from heart failure.
No one had ever thought of him as anything but a man in perfect health and his death came as a severe shock to the community that had so long depended on him in times of sickness.
Mrs. Barrett with her grandsons went back to New York, where she died in 1924. Edward was married about a year ago to a lady in Massachusetts. 
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  Almeda Zibia Hodge (1831 - 1924)
  Julia Hodge Barrett Howell (1869 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Idlewilde Cemetery
Hood River
Hood River County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Block 3, Lot 2, Grave 1
Created by: Jeffrey Bryant
Record added: Jan 26, 2008
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Dr Perry Gordon Barrett
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Dr Perry Gordon Barrett
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Union Civil War veteran. He served as a surgeon with the 7th Ohio Cavalry and also with the 31st U.S. Colored Infantry. He was taken prisoner by Confederate forces and confined in Libby Prison. He was a member of Hood River GAR Post 16.
- Col. Edward D. Baker Camp, Sons of Union Veterans
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