|Death: ||Oct., 1913|
A man, whose brave deeds and honorable life will always remain green in the memory of his friends passed to his final reward Wednesday morning when death claimed William Barklow, one of the city’s best known residents. His death occurred at the family residence, 826 Third street and followed an extended illness caused by Bright’s Disease. Mr. Barklow was not any worse than he had been until last night when he suffered a sinking spell which soon ended in his death.
When the steamer Pat Rogers burned to the water’s edge in 1874 Mr. Barklow was a passenger on the ill fated craft. At the risk of his own life he remained on the boat and saved many lives. So intent was he in saving his friends that he failed to realize that his own life was imperiled. He was compelled to leap into the river and swim ashore. Fifty persons lost their lives in the burning of this steamer and many of the older residents will recall with vividness the horror attending this holocaust. Mr. Barklow had $600 on currency on his person when he jumped into the river as the voracious flames closed in on him. The money was water-soaked but it was saved. He performed yeoman service in this tragic event and friends of Mr. Barklow always insisted that he saved no less than twenty lives in this awful disaster.
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Record added: Jun 17, 2004
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