Wendelin “William” Barr

Wendelin “William” Barr

Birth
Germany
Death 1 Mar 1900 (aged 72)
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 145106478 · View Source
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LINCOLN EVENING NEWS, THURSDAY MARCH 1, 1900

“WILLIAM BARR
Pioneer Citizen Passes Away Early This Morning After A Month’s Illness. The death of William Barr occurred at ten minutes past five o’clock this morning in his room in the Barr-Lamaster block, 1327 O Street. Mr. Barr had been ill for some time, but had not taken to his bed till last Thursday. His real disaffection, however, dated from the Bryan banquet of January 4, for as he himself had often said, he had not had a well day since that time. At the banquet Mr. Barr caught a cold, which had never left him. This added to business worries rapidly weakened him and he was in a pitiable state for at least a month before his death. He kept on his feet, however, steadfastly refusing to take to his bed until last Thursday, when his system could bear up no longer under the strain. Physicians were called and Mr. Barr has been constantly in the care of Mrs. R. A. Walsh, housekeeper in the block since that time. On Monday a trained nurse was procured and everything possible was done for the old man. He held tenuously? To life refusing to think of death till last night, when he sent for his attorney, G. W. Berge, to whom he gave his last instructions. The attending physicians say that the death was due merely to general debility and a breaking down of the whole system. It was greatly hastened and in a manner caused by business troubles. Mr. Barr has been connect with several affairs in litigation of late, among others being an important case in the supreme court. He has worried constantly over these things and Mr. Walsh says that he often lay awake all night talking and moaning. During his long life in Lincoln, Mr. Barr amassed a considerable property, it being conservatively estimated that he was worth (six numbers but cannot read) at the time of his death. He left no will, though he began one several times. His property will then go to his brother and sisters. He owned seven dwelling houses in the city and had interests in many more. He also owned the Barr-Lamaster block and a 20-acre tract near College View. He had placed Mr. G. W. Berge in entire care of his estate. William Barr was one of the first citizens of Lincoln. His exact age cannot be learned as none of his relatives remember it, but he is thought to have been about sixty-five years of age. He was born in Germany and at the age often came to America with his parents and brother and sisters. The family settled in New York and Mr. Barr lived in Illyria, working in a general merchandise store until 1861 when he came west to Lincoln. Here he has remained ever since. The two sisters of the deceased are still alive. They are Mrs. Elizabeth Walters and Mrs. Celia Literst of Chillicothe, OH. His one brother, John Barr of Oklahoma, is also living. None of them are expected here as all are too feeble to attempt the trip. His niece, Mrs. Etta Faulhaber of Walton, nine miles east of Lincoln, is in the city assisting in thefinal arrangements. Mr. Barr was a level-headed business man and one who always avoided litigation if possible. Every case of any moment in which he has been engaged was brought against him by others. He was always generous in his contributions, being especially favorable to assisting schools and colleges. He has lived a bachelor always and has been a milestone in the life of this city. Unless further changes are made, the funeral services will be held at the First Congregational Church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Mr. Wharton and Rev. Mr. Manns.”


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  • Created by: Dixons
  • Added: 16 Apr 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 145106478
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wendelin “William” Barr (1 Mar 1828–1 Mar 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 145106478, citing Wyuka Cemetery, Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Dixons (contributor 47506819) .