A past County Clerk for the county of Fresno, David Jr was born in Comanche County, Tex., October 20, 1875. Democrat. Fresno County Clerk, 1910-33; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. U.S. Comptroller of Customs, San Francisco, 1933. Died, of a heart attack, in Fresno, Fresno County, Calif., 1935. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.
Dave Barnwell enjoys the distinction of being the first Fresno county official to be elected to Fresno county office without oppOsition and he has been. elected to the same office six times, five times without opposition, these five occasions being in 1914, 1918, 1922, 1926 and 1930.
County Clerk Barnwell was born in Comanche county, Texas, October 20, 1875, the son of D. M. and Martha Ann Barnwell. His parents came early to this county and his father was for many years well known as a colonist of the West Park district.
Young Dave attended the Fresno High school, graduating in 1896, and graduated from the University of California with a B. L. degree in 1900. He followed newspaper work to help himself through college, being employed on the San Francisco Examiner and the Oakland Tribune. After college, he continued to do newspaper writing, both in the Bay cities and on the Fresno Democrat, of which he was for a time receiver during a business difficulty.
While admitted to practice law, Mr. Barnwell obtained an early opportunity for legal experience as a deputy under County Clerk Miles, in 1904, continuing as office or court deputy until 1910, when he sought election and was chosen to succeed his late chief.
Mr. Barnwell was married in San Francisco to Adelheid Schmidt of Oakland, and they have two children: Edith Martha (Mrs. William T. Waterman of Fresno) ; and Robert Woodward Barnwell, of San Francisco. Mr. Barnwell is a past master of Las Palmas Lodge, No. 366, F and A. M., 1912, and is a member of both the York and Scottish Rite bodies as well as of the Mystic Shrine.
Adelaide T Schmidt Barnwell
Robert William Barnwell
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