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 Joseph Cooper Barnard

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Joseph Cooper Barnard

Birth
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Death
26 Feb 1941 (aged 83)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot
Lot: 15, Bl: 4
Memorial ID
35091539 View Source

A retired contractor, who prepared for death by making his own coffin, was found dead in his home. When police broke into the home, fireman said he had been overcome by corbon monoxide gas excaping from a gas stove.
The coffin was located by police in a garage at the rear of the home inside a steel vault, where it had been stored & built in 1933. With it was a list of men requested by Barnard as bearers at his funeral and detailed instruction on removal of the coffin from its vault.
Barnard's wife Mrs Ora P Barnard was overcome by the gas but was revived by a pulmotor squad and was removed to OKC General Hospital. Her sister Mrs Olive Whiteside who came here three weeks ago from Belleville, Ill., was asleep in an upstairs room and was not affected by the fumes.
Dora Seibles called police after she went to the home with rent money and was unable to get an answer to knocking. She saw Barnard's bondy on the floor and his wife nearby.
The cornoer said death was due to asphyxiation caused by carbon monoxide gas.

From a family member emailed to me from the Barnard family in New Zealand.....

Joseph Cooper Barnard was born 10th October 1857 at Christchurch, New Zealand, the son of watchmaker and jeweller Thomas Charles Barnard and Maria (nee Cooper) The family moved to Carterton and Greytown where Joseph's skill as a cabinetmaker, undertaker, theatre and entrepreneur is recorded in many public buildings. 2008 the Town Hall he built was refurbished and Joseph's life was written about by the local Archivist for the celebration. Joseph left for America in 1893 and shortly after married Ora ? (her surname is sadly not known) He became an American citizen in Oklahoma City, was a building contractor employing many men and patented his invention, a Corn Harvester.
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His wifes info was emailed to me after his bio was typed. I will leave his bio as it was orig typed.

A retired contractor, who prepared for death by making his own coffin, was found dead in his home. When police broke into the home, fireman said he had been overcome by corbon monoxide gas excaping from a gas stove.
The coffin was located by police in a garage at the rear of the home inside a steel vault, where it had been stored & built in 1933. With it was a list of men requested by Barnard as bearers at his funeral and detailed instruction on removal of the coffin from its vault.
Barnard's wife Mrs Ora P Barnard was overcome by the gas but was revived by a pulmotor squad and was removed to OKC General Hospital. Her sister Mrs Olive Whiteside who came here three weeks ago from Belleville, Ill., was asleep in an upstairs room and was not affected by the fumes.
Dora Seibles called police after she went to the home with rent money and was unable to get an answer to knocking. She saw Barnard's bondy on the floor and his wife nearby.
The cornoer said death was due to asphyxiation caused by carbon monoxide gas.

From a family member emailed to me from the Barnard family in New Zealand.....

Joseph Cooper Barnard was born 10th October 1857 at Christchurch, New Zealand, the son of watchmaker and jeweller Thomas Charles Barnard and Maria (nee Cooper) The family moved to Carterton and Greytown where Joseph's skill as a cabinetmaker, undertaker, theatre and entrepreneur is recorded in many public buildings. 2008 the Town Hall he built was refurbished and Joseph's life was written about by the local Archivist for the celebration. Joseph left for America in 1893 and shortly after married Ora ? (her surname is sadly not known) He became an American citizen in Oklahoma City, was a building contractor employing many men and patented his invention, a Corn Harvester.
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His wifes info was emailed to me after his bio was typed. I will leave his bio as it was orig typed.


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