Joseph Bernard “Barney” Harkin

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Joseph Bernard “Barney” Harkin

Birth
Duluth Heights, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Death 23 Dec 1943 (aged 60)
Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 195333872 · View Source
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Joseph "Barney" Harkin, aka Barney Kruntz, was a tattooed performer who lived in Chicago. He was tattooed there around 1902 by Prof. Albert "Dutch" Herman, aka "New York Dutch" and exhibited himself at local dime museums and with sideshows, including The London Dime Museum, Campbell Bros. Shows, W. H. Coulter's Railroad Shows, Yankee Robinson Circus & Texas Bill's Wild West Annex, Sells-Floto-Buffalo Bill, Al. G. Barnes, Coop & Lent Circus, Hagenbeck-Wallace, and Barnum & Bailey.

Together with his wife, Agnes, he owned an arcade and later a dime museum on South State Street, which they purchased from famed magician Howard Thurston.

The Harkins spent the final years of their career exhibiting the embalmed body of a man purported to be John Wilkes Booth, notorious assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.


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  • Created by: Derin Bray
  • Added: 13 Dec 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 195333872
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Bernard “Barney” Harkin (8 Jun 1883–23 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 195333872, citing Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Derin Bray (contributor 49551227) .