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Dr Rio Delos Barber

  • Birth 22 Nov 1838 Allentown, Allegany County, New York, USA
  • Death 25 May 1910 Corona, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Burial Corona, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 21743879

Saw battle in Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Fort Sumter.
After the Civil War went to Medical school at Harvard.

Son of Alfred and Angeline Barber.
Married to Martha "Mattie" D.Welch
Married to Olivia A.Davis
Father of
Willie Barber(1866-1872)
Dora Barber
Florence Barber (1881-)
Nellie Barber(1872-1961)

From school went to Minnesota, becoming a probate-judgeand as a medical college examiner.
Arrived in Corona around 1888.Becoming the local Doctor as well as the County Health Officer. He gave up his practice in 1901.Founding chairman of the South Riverside Cemetery Association in 1892 and selected the site of Sunnyslope Cemetery. He buried his wife at this cemetery, as well as himself and second wife Olivia.

Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929
about Rio Delos Barber
Name: Rio Delos Barber
Birth Date: 1839
Death Date: 26 May 1910
Death Place: Corona, CA
Type Practice: Allopath
Practice Specialities: Corona, CA
Licenses: MN, 1883, CA, 1889
Practice Dates Places: Corona, CA
Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1866, (G)
JAMA Citation: 54:2058
Cause of Death: heart disease. source...........................
RIO D. BARBER. —For sixteen years this gentleman was a resident of Nobles county, and during that period no man was more prominently connected with its history or more active in promoting those enterprises which tend to the up building and development of a community. He stands forth as a prominent figure amid the events which go to make up the annals of the county, and there are few men whose lives are crowned with greater honor and respect than was accorded him in Worthington and the surrounding country. His strong mentality and his keen foresight have enabled him to judge with accuracy of the benefits that might be derived for the county by a certain line of action or by the establishment of certain industrial concerns, and his progressiveness and public-spirit prompted a liberal support of all that he believed would promote the educational, moral, social or material welfare of the community. He now makes his home in Corona, California, and by his removal to the Golden state Nobles county lost one of its most valued and esteemed citizens.
Dr. Barber was born in Allegany county New York, on the 22nd of November, 1838, a son of Alfred and Angeline (Burdick) Barber, the former a native of Connecticut and the latter of the Empire state. The father followed contracting and building throughout his business career and died in New York at the age of sixty-three years. The mother afterward came to the west and died in Worthington in 1893. In their family were six children, of whom three daughters and one son are now living.
The Doctor acquired his elementary education in the public schools of his native state, and later entered the college in Alfred, New York, where he was pursuing his studies when the civil war was inaugurated. Feeling that his duty was to his country, and that his loyal defense of the old flag was at that time more important than an education, he put aside his textbooks for the rifle, and, with the boys in blue of Company C, Eighty-fifth New York Infantry, went to the front. He remained with the army for three years and was mustered out as hospital steward. Among the important engagements in which he participated were the siege of Yorktown, the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, the seven days battle before Richmond, the siege of Fort Sumter and the engagement at Olustee, Florida. During his service in Florida he suffered a sunstroke which disabled him for further service.
Upon his return to the north Mr. Barber entered the medical department of Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied for three terms and was graduated in March, 1867, with the degree of M. D. Believing the west would furnish a a better field for a young man who must depend entirely upon his own merit and ability, he sought a home in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, and there put his theoretical knowledge to a practical test in the active prosecution of his profession. After three years he removed to Alden, Freeborn county, Minnesota, and in March, 1872, came to Worthington as one of the pioneers of Nobles county. Here he erected the twelfth building in the town and in connection with the practice of medicine did a successful business as a druggist, following the dual pursuit until his removal to California in 1888. His business in both lines rapidly increased as the county became more thickly populated and the public saw evidence of his skill and ability.
During his residence here Dr. Barber was many times called to positions of public trust, and in the offices of civil life performed his duties with the same fidelity which marked his career as a soldier on southern battlefields. He was for six years judge of probate court, being the second incumbent in that office. He was appointed postmaster by President Arthur and held the office for nearly five years, to the satisfaction of the patrons of the office, his successor being a Democrat appointed by President Cleveland.
In the month of March, 1874, he was appointed by C. K. Davis, the then governor of Minnesota, one of the board of trustees of the Soldiers' Orphans' Home of Minnesota, then recently organized and located at Winona, Minnesota, and was three times successively reappointed by succeeding governors to this important and honorable office; and it was his privilege in connection with Judge H. G. Hicks, of Minneapolis, Captain H. A. Castle, present postmaster of St. Paul, Captain Ara Barton, of Northfield, and the other directors, to supervise the care and education of those wards of the state. For many years he was a member of the board of education of Worthington and much of the time its secretary, and his efficient efforts in behalf of education were largely instrumental in placing the schools of the city upon a substantial basis, the beneficial results of which are now apparent in the very high standing of the present schools of the city.
Dr. Barber was several times appointed by different governors of Minnesota to represent the state at the National Association of Charities and Corrections, of which association the late President Hayes was for many terms the president.
Dr. Barber's standing in the medical profession of the state was attested by his election to the vice presidency of the state society and a number of times as delegate from the state to the national society, of which he was an honorable member. He was elected a member of the board of examiners of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Minneapolis, holding the appointment until its duties were delegated to a state board, and was widely recognized as one of the most worthy members of the medical fraternity in Minnesota.
Since his removal to California Dr. Barber has devoted his time and attention to the medical profession and has there, as in Minnesota, secured a lucrative patronage and won a place in the ranks of the leading physicians in his section of the state. He has held there the position of health officer of Riverside county for two years. Socially he is connected with the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the blue lodge and chapter degrees, and is a member of Carlton Post, No, 134, G. A. R. He was one of the charter members of Stoddard Post, No. 34, of Worthington, served as its surgeon for some years, also as commander, and was medical director of the Department of Minnesota, G. A. R., for two years. He is a thorough gentleman, upright and reliable, and his strict adherence to principle commands the respect of all. The place he has won in the medical profession is accorded him in recognition of his skill and ability, and the place which he occupies in the social world is a tribute to that genuine worth and true nobleness of character which are universally recognized and honored.
His religious views were in accord with the doctrines of the Congregational church, and he was instrumental in securing the erection of the house of worship in Worthington and served many years as treasurer of the church, with which he was connected.
The Doctor was married in New York, January 26, 1863, to Miss Martha D. Welch, who died in California in 1892. She was the mother of six children, of whom three daughters are yet living. In 1894 was con- summated the marriage of Dr. Barber and Mrs. Olivia A. Davis, an English lady by birth.
Source: Memorial Record of S.W. Minnesota

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  • Created by: Barbara LeClaire
  • Added: 24 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21743879
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Rio Delos Barber (22 Nov 1838–25 May 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21743879, citing Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery, Corona, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Barbara LeClaire (contributor 46903377) .