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 Hiram Merritt Barton

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Hiram Merritt Barton

Birth
El Monte, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 13 Dec 1928 (aged 71)
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Memorial ID 21084961 View Source
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Hiram's parents were:
Benjamin Barton, b. Jun. 8, 1823 in Greenville, SC. and d. Dec. 31, 1898 of pneumonia in San Bernardino, San Bernardino CA. &
Eliza Henry Brite, b. Jul. 6, 1827 in Calloway county, MO. and d. Aug. 7, 1920 in San Bernardino, San Bernardino county, CA.

Born in El Monte, CA., Hiram's father was Ben Barton, who was a physician, businessman, and politician. Hiram Merritt Barton contributed to the development of the San Bernardino Valley.

In the 1870 U. S. census, 13 yr. old Hiram Barton, b. in CA., was attending school and living in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA. with his
47 yr. old (inferred) father, Benj. Barton, a physician, b. in SC.
42 yr. old (inferred) mother, Eliza Barton, keeping house, b. in MO.
15 yr. old (inferred) brother, John Barton, attending school, b. in CA.
10 yr. old (inferred) sister, May Barton, attending school, b. in CA.
Benamin's real estate was valued at $25,000 and his personal estate at $10,000.

In the 1880 U. S. census, 23 yr. old Hiram Barton, a farmer, b. in CA., was unmarried and living in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA. with his
57 yr. old father, Ben Barton, a farmer, b. in SC.
53 yr. old mother, Eliza Barton, b. in MO.
19 yr. old sister, Mary Barton, b. in CA.
Eliza's parents were both b. in KY.

On Jun. 22, 1886, Hiram and Ida Frances Hawes were married in San Bernardino, CA.
Ida was b. Nov. 13, 1859 and d. Nov. 10, 1887 in Santa Clara County, CA.

Hiram and Ida Barton's child was:
Elizabeth "Bessie" Frances Barton, b. Sep. 25, 1887 and d. 1939. Bessie marr. Sherman Garfield Batchelor.

The Daily Courier (San Bernardino, CA.), P. 2, Col. 2
Sat., Sep. 27, 1890
Hiram M. Barton of san Bernardino, Assemblyman from the Seventy-Ninth District, is a Native Son of the Golden West, having been born in the county of Los Angeles in 1856. For the past twenty-nine years he has been a resident of the county he so ably represents in the Assembly. His father was a native of South Carolina, his mother of Missouri. He is engaged in fruit culture, and has not before held any public position. In politics, he is a staunch Democrat. He is a member of the following Assembly committees: Water Rights and drainage, Counties and County Boundaries, and Indian Affairs. He is an industrious member, always at his post, and thoroughly scrutinizing every measure that comes before the House. He introduced and secured the passage of a bill giving an additional Superior Judge to his county. His course in the Assembly since the beginning has been marked with consistency and an evident desire to be fair. He has gained the respect of his colleagues by his native modesty and gentlemanly demeanor on the floor, and his courteous treatment of all with whom he comes in contact. He will return to his constituents laureled with the praises of all good and true citizens. He is the right man in the right place, and his record is one which not only reflects credit upon the individual, but upon the party which placed him in the position he so ably fills. -Sacramentto Record-Union, February 26, 1887.
In addition to this just and generous enumeration of Mr. barton’s services in the Assembly, he introduced and passed a bill amending the county government bill authorizing Supervisors to employ assistants where necessary in the different county offices. He also took a most influential part in helping to repeal section 1422, which was a bulwark of the riparian monopolists, and therefore strongly inimical, to Southern California irrigators. He had also a controlling influence in assisting to pass the Wright bill. The Record-Union is a stalwart Republican paper, but it was honest enough when attracted by the manly, moral and intelligent attitude of our noble young Assemblyman to - well - to tell a great deal of truth. Hiram Barton - voters - you ought to be proud of him.

In 1895, Hiram and Florence Belle Gibson were married in San Bernardino, CA.

Hiram & Florence Barton's children were:
1. Clara Margaret Barton, b. Feb. 24, 1897 in San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA. and d. Mar. 9, 1989, Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA.
2. Merritt Gibson Barton, b. Sep. 1, 1903 in CA. and d. Oct. 20, 1990 in Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA.

In the 1900 U. S. census, 43 yr. old Hixani (Hiram) M. Barton, a fruit dealer, b. Dec, 1856 in CA., was living in a home (not a farm) he owned free and clear at 660 D St., west side in San Bernardino Ward 2, San Bernardino, CA. with his
30 yr. old wife, Florence Barton, b. Feb. 1869 in IL.
12 yr. old daughter, Elizabeth Barton, attending school, b. Sep. 1887 in CA.
3 yr. old daughter, Clara Barton, b. Mar. 1897 in CA.
51 yr. old widowed mother-in-law, Lucina Gibson, b. May 1849 in IL.
Hiram and Florence had been marr. for 14 years.
Florence was the mother of two children, both still alive by this census.
Hiram's father was b. in SC. and his mother in MO.
Florence's father was b. in PA. and her mother in IL.

Hiram Merritt Barton was Mayor of San Bernardino, CA. from May 8,1905 to Jun. 24, 1907.

In the 1910 U. S. census, 53 yr. old Hiram M. Barton, an orange grower, b. in CA., was living in a home he owned free and clear at 660 D St. in San Bernardino Ward 2, San Bernardino, CA. with his
38 yr. old wife, Florence G Barton, b. in IL.
13 yr. old daughter, Clara M Barton, b. in CA.
6 yr. old son, Merrett Barton, b. in CA.
66 yr. old widowed mother-in-law, Silvia L Gibson, b. in IL.
27 yr. old servant, Mary Massey, b. in England
Hiram's father was b. in SC. and his mother in MO.
This was a 2nd marriage for Hiram and a first marriage for Florence. They had been married for 15 years. Florence was the mother of two children, both still alive.

In the 1920 U. S. census, 64 yr. old Hirim (Hiram) M. Barton, a self-employed real estate manager, b. in CA., was living in a home he owned free and clear at 663 D St. San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA. with his
47 yr. old wife, Florence G Barton, b. in IL.
22 yr. old daughter, Clara M Barton, b. in CA.
16 yr. old son, Merritt G Barton, b. in CA.
25 yr. old servant for a private family, Christiana Fortez, b. in CA.
Hiram's father was b. in SC. and his mother in MO.
Florence's father was b. in PA. and her mother in IL.
Clara and Merritt's parents were both b. in IL.

Hiram was an orange grower.
He was also a Senator for the California Assembly from San Bernardino.


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