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Ansel Wesley Barker
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1843
Boone County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1917
Minnesota, USA

Ansel Barker Laid At Rest. Funeral Took Place Here Thursday Afternoon Under Auspices of the Masonic Order.

The remains of the late Ansel W., citizen of Chaska, were brought here from Minneapolis last Thursday forenoon. The funeral occurred that afternoon from the Moravian church, Rev. Arthur Schwarze conducting short funeral services, after which the local lodge of Masons, of which deceased had been a member, took charge and assisted by Masons from neighboring lodges and many relatives and friends from near and far, escorted the remains to their last resting place in Mt. Pleasant cemetery, where the Masonic rites and several selections by the choir closed the last services over the remains of the departed.

Ansel Wesley Barker was born the son of Timothy and Phoebe (Dyer) Barker on the 2nd day of August, 1843, in Boone County, State of Illinois. While deceased was still a boy the family moved to Glencoe, Minn., and a number of years later, to Chaska; just before the outbreak of the Civil War.

In 1864 he enlisted in Company A of the 4th Minnesota Infantry. He took part in the battle of Altoona Pass, and in General Shermanís famous March to the Sea. Upon his return after the close of the war he was first engaged with his father in running a ferry across the Minnesota river. After this he was engaged for many years in operating a brick-yard, in that part of town where our present High School building is located. About sixteen years ago he removed to Minneapolis, where he has been engaged in grain inspection.

In 1866, on the 18th of November, he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Howe. This union was blessed with eight children, three sons and five daughters. Of these only two sons and three daughters survive their father. In 1890, on June 8th, he lost his wife by death. He had subsequently been married to Miss Emma Jadwin. Two children were born to them, who live to mourn their fatherís death.

For the past winter deceased had been in failing health, owing to hardening of the arteries. His condition grew steadily worse, until there was no hope of recovery. Owing to his robust constitution, however, his was a lingering death. But the end came at last on the 17th of this month, in the early hours of the morning. He had attained the age of 73 years, 8 months and 15 days.

He is survived by the widow and the following sons and daughters: Albert Barker, of Minot, N. D., Mrs. F. A. C. Iltis, of Le Sueur Center, Minn., Mrs. A. E. Aitkens, also of Le Sueur Center, Arthur Barker, of Langdon, N. Dak., Mrs. Fred Haering of Chaska, and Blanch and Berl Barker of Minneapolis. With his death another of the familiar and prominent figures of the earlier days in Chaska has passed forever from this earthly scene.

Sources: Weekly Valley Herald, Thursday, April 26, 1917, Volume LV, Number 33, Page 6a and Minnesota Bricks 
Family links: 
  Maria O Howe Barker (1843 - 1890)*
  Emma E Jadwin Barker (1861 - 1943)*
  Alice Barker Iltis (1869 - 1939)*
  Anna Barker Aitkens (1871 - 1962)*
  Myrtle Barker Haering (1880 - 1961)*
  Beryl M Barker (1897 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Carver County
Minnesota, USA
Maintained by: Louise (Bruman) Dice
Originally Created by: Jeffrey C
Record added: Jul 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54691694
Ansel Wesley Barker
Added by: Jeffrey C
Ansel Wesley Barker
Added by: Jeffrey C
Ansel Wesley Barker
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