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 George W. Barber

George W. Barber

Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Death 12 Jan 1899 (aged 62)
Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Burial Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Plot Center grave, West ½, Lot 40, Plat D (read by DAR)
Memorial ID 97967526 · View Source
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Married Sarah Fisher 28 Jun 1859, Jefferson Co., IN
Information from Death Certificate
Cause of death: Bright's Disease (2 yrs)
S. M. Ford, MD
Died at North Broadway St.
Geo. C. Vail & Sons, Undertakers
Jefferson County: Biographical & Historical Souvenir

George Barber--firm of Barber & Cravens, paper manufacturers, Broadway and Fifth street Madison, Ind.--was born in Madison June 28, 1836, and reared here and attended the city schools. In 1854 he went on the river, learning the business of steamboat piloting from Cincinnati to New Orleans, which business he followed from 1858 to 1873. In the year 1873 he formed a partnership with Mr. Henry C. Watts, for the manufacture of paper, and built the mill in which he is at present making paper, the firm name being Watts & Barber. This firm continued until 1885, when Mr. Charles Cravens bought out Mr. Watts' interest. Since then the firm name has been Barber & Cravens. The mill turns out about 2,400 pounds of paper every twelve hours. They employ seven men, and sell the paper principally in Louisville, St. Louis and Memphis. The parents of Mr. Barber were Timothy and Susan (Horton) Barber, and were natives of Connecticut and Ohio, both of them coming to Indiana when quite young. His father died in 1874, at the age of 71 years. His mother is still living. Mr. Barber was first married in 1859, to Miss Sallie Fisher of Madison Ind. She died in 1865, leaving two children, one of whom died the next year after its mother; the other Carrie is still living and married to Mr. Charles Friedersdorff, of this city. Mr. Barber was married a second time to Miss Mary Zuck daughter of Mr. Andrew Zuck, of this city. They have four children: Willie, Nellie, Clay W. and George Cravens. Mr. Barber is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Barber is a good citizen, of quiet, retiring disposition, and well liked by those who know him.
The Madison Courier
12 Jan 1899 Thursday



At 9:45 o'clock this morning, at his residence on North Broadway, there fell upon our friend and fellow-townsman, George Barber, the sleep which shall know no waking until the Resurrection morning. He was the last one of but four brothers, sons of the late Timothy Barber, Esq., the surviving brother being John Barber, of Kansas, Illinois.

He was twice married, his surviving wife being a sister of Mr. John A. Zuck. He was the father of seven children--Mrs. Carrie Friedersdorff, William and Clay Barber, Mrs. Smith Gray and three younger ones, all of whom are living.

He was for a while a partner in the ownership of the Madison Paper Mill, but on account of poor health had not been in active business for several years.

The ailment which brought about his death was Bright's disease, from which he had long suffered.

The announcement of his death caused general sorrow in the community, for he was a model citizen and universally liked. He was a popular Red Man, and a member in good standing of the Christian Church.

He was born sixty-three years ago, and had always lived in Madison. As school-boys at the Lower Seminary he and David W. Moffat were great chums, and were acknowledged champions in old-fashioned shinny and ball games. Out of school he took to the river along with Robert R. Rea, and while the latter edited a paper on board, the former held the wheel which guided the vessel safely on its way. Let us hope that the pale boatman has landed his spirit at last on the peaceful shores of eternal life.

Beyond these sore afflictions,
And Death's dark silent stream,
Beyond where ties are severed,
And Jesus reigns supreme.
The Madison Courier
16 Jan 1899



It has been a good while since so large a concourse of citizens and members of the Red Men's Order gathered at attend a funeral as was present Sunday afternoon to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of George Barber. There were short religious services at the family residence on Broadway, conducted by the pastor of the Christian Church, Rev. T. J. Powell, at the close of which the uncovered face of the deceased as he lay in the casket on the sidewalk was viewed by one hundred and twenty-five of his brother Red Men of Juniata Tribe. The remains were then taken to Springdale Cemetery, where they were laid to rest. The pall-bearers were Robert R. Rea, James White, Fergus Cochran, Jr., Thomas Cooney, W. E. Montz, George Hargan, Thomas Dow and Charles Lemen. Mr. John Barber, brother of the deceased, came from Kansas, Illinois to attend the funeral.

At the cemetery the Red Men turned a dove or white pigeon loose, as is the custom of their order, indicating the flight of the soul of the departed to the spirit world. The exercises were conducted by Mr. James H. Crozier, who read the burial service in place of Mr. Zuck, a relative of the deceased.

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