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Vinton Eagle; 18 March 1914
Arch Barker Dead
Archibald Barker

Arch Barker died at the county home tuesday afternoon at 2:15 He he had been a resident of Vinton for about sixty years During the past few years he had been failing in health on account of his advanced years Funeral services were held at the Christian church and the services was conducted by Rev F M Warren The service was at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and burial was in Evergreen cemetery Mr Barker was born in Oneida County New York in 1837 and came to Vinton when a young man In the early sixties he drove stage between Marengo and Vinton and Between Vinton and La Porte.

In after years he was a day laborer he was well known to every resident of Vinton and was by nature quiet and inoffensive He is survived by two sons Frank Barker who is employed of the M&st LRy co at Marshalltown and W M Hayes of Rsd Cloud Neb the latter having been adopted by a family named Hayes when a young small boy He is also survived by two brothers John Barker of this city and James Barker of Marshalltown he has been a member of the Christian Church in the city for some time The son Frank and Mrs James Barker all of Marshalltown were here to attend the funeral

{Submitter comment: Son of John T Barker & HEASTER (ESTER)Buck}
Submitted on Jul 16, 2005 by
Dale E Miller Jr , ssgpepper@aol.com

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Marshalltown Times Republican ; 17 January 1928
James W. Barker Dead Civil War Vet Dies This Morning at Home of Son
James Westly Barker

James W. Barker a veteran of the civil war died at 11:15 this morning at the home of his son Ollie Barker 803 East Boone Street with whom he had been making his home for the last few years He had been bed fast three weeks and his death was caused by old age debility.

James Westly Barker was born in New York State 21 Nov 1843 served with the company Forty-seventh Iowa infantry He inlisted at Vinton May 21 1864 and discharged Sept 28 He came to Marshalltown from Vinton in 1900 and this City has since been the family home Mrs Barker died here in 1920 Mr Barker is survived by three sons and a daughter Ollie and Fred Barker and Mrs Paul Krep of this city and Ed Barker of Dewar Funeral arrangements have not been completed yet.

{Submitter comment: All Children of James W. Barker& Mary Lusk where born in Vinton Benton Co. Iowa (Etta)Esther 16 Sept 1872 Charles Fred 21 Oct 1875 Pearl M 4 July 1879 Willie 27 Mar 1888 Ollie 5 Oct 1890}
Submitted on Jul 15, 2005 by
Dale E. Miller Jr, ssgpepper@aol.com

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Vinton ; 17 February 1916
John H Barker Dead
John H Barker

John H Barker for many years a resident of Vinton died at Marshalltown Friday Feb 11th Mr Barker was born in the month of February 1837 in New York state and was married about forty- eight years ago to Mary J Sanders at Waverly Iowa Three sons were born to them Will B Barker of Sumner Iowa John Barker of Marshalltown and Jas S Barker who lives in California.

Mr Barker for years worked in the wood working department of S Robinson shop but left Vinton in April 1915 to make his home with his brother Jas Barker in Marshalltown and at whose home he died The body was brought here yesterday morning accompanied by his son John Barker The funeral will be held at 9:30 at the Christian church this morning the services being conducted by Rev F M Warren and the burial will be in Evergreen cemetery

{Submitter comment: John Henry Barker was Married first to Julia Ann Keigley 10 June 1865 Was single in the 1870 census Bremer Co Iowa Wagon maker 1880 census Bremer Co Iowa he is divorced wagon maker}
Submitted on Jul 16, 2005 by
Dale E Miller Jr, ssgpepper@aol.com

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Marshalltown Times Republican ; 5 February 1920 page 11
Wife of Veteran Dead Mrs Mary A Barker City Dies at St. Thomas Hospital
Mary A Barker

Mrs Mary A Barker wife of J W Barker both members of the soldiers home died at 6 o clock this morning at St Thomas hospital wher she went under an operation for a tumor Mrs Barker was born in Tioga county New York March 21 1854 and was married forty-eight years ago to J W Barker who served in company C Forty -seventh Iowa infantry.

They entered the home Feb 1 1917 but recently have been living at their home at 110 may street Mrs Barker leaves besides her husband three sons Fred C Edward R and Ollie R. Barker all of this city and a daughter Mrs Pearl Truax city and two sisters Mrs Frannie Taylor of Garrison and Mrs Ella Howard of Stockton Kan.

{Submitter comments: Mary Allen Barker The daughter of Charles D. Lusk & Wealthy Harvey family has some ties to invention of Arm & hammer baking soda ? was there a Lusk who was a Benton County Doctor?

Later update from Dale E. Miller:
Frannie Taylor should be Frannie Tyler and Ella Howard should be Ella Harwood and Wealthy Harvey should be Wealthy McCoy. }
Submitted on Jul 15, 2005 by
Dale E Miller Jr , ssgpepper@aol.com

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Nora Grace Barker

Norway, Sept. 24 - Mrs. Charles Barker, 63, died this morning at her home here after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 at the home, followed by services at the Methodist church at two o'clock conducted by the Rev. I. O. Arnold. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery southeast of Norway.

As Nora Grace Montague, she was born near Norway Nov. 12, 1878. She was married to Mr. Barker Dec. 15, 1915, and they lived in the Eagle Grove community until eleven years ago when they moved to Norway. Mrs. Barker was a member of the Rebekah lodge of Eagle Grove and of the Royal Neighbors in Norway.

Her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Robinson and Mrs. George Fahnle, and two brothers, Walter and Alfred, all of Norway, and several nieces and nephews survive.
Submitted on Jul 23, 2005 by
Nancy Montague, n.montague@mchsi.com

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Marshalltown Times Republican; 16 June 1908 page 8
Dies Very Suddenly
Ruel Barker

Ruel E. Barker of Shellsburg Succumbs to stroke of Paralysis While visiting at the home of his brother James W.Barker 803 Iowa Street Ruel Barker was stricken with paralysis and died a short time afterward Sat about 2 o clock this afternoon.

Mr Barker came a week ago to remain time with his brother and the stroke which proved fatal was the second that he had sufferd Mrs. Barker only died two weeks ago 30 May 1908 at Shellsburg Mr. Barker is survived by two brothers in addition to James They are John and Archie of Vinton Mr. Barker was 67 years of age Arrangements for funeral have not yet been made.

{Submitter comment: Ruel E. Barker Civil war Veteran seved in the 13th iowa infantry regiment 28 Oct 1861 - 21 July 1865 }
Submitted on Jul 14, 2005 by
Dale E. Miller Jr, ssgpepper@aol.com

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