Vinton Eagle; June 15, 1917
Death of Mrs. Amy Barr
Amy Mather Bickell Barr
Mrs. Amy D. Mather Barr died Wednesday evening June 6th, at her home in Urbana, after suffering since January 22nd, from an accident in which she sustained a broken hip which confined her to her bed until her death. At the time of her death she was 77 years, 7 months, 26 days.
She was born near Koko, Mo, October 11, 1839, and moved with her parents to Benton County when she was 12 years old. Eight years later she was married to Elias Bickell and to this union one child was born, but the baby died at the age of fourteen months.
When the call for volunteers for the Civil War came, Mr. Bickell enlisted, and but a few months after his enlistment he became ill with brain fever, and died after a few weeks of suffering from this disease.
In December, 1864 Mrs. Bickell was united in marriage to Thomas Barr. To this union seven children were born, four of whom have died. Mr. Barr died December 27, 1892. The children left to mourn the death of their mother are Mrs. Ida M. Harger, Shellsburg, Mrs. Ella Harger, Urbana, and Mrs. Anna Hammond, Urbana. Besides the three daughters, she leaves twenty-three grandchildren, and twenty-six great grandchildren to mourn her death.
Mrs. Barr was a devout Christian, having been converted at the age of twenty-seven years through the influence of Rev. N. A. McConnell and at this time she joined the Christian Church, of which she has been a faithful member ever since.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Urbana Friday, conducted by Rev. Lafe Haff of Walker assisted by Rev. Fay of Urbana. Interment was made in the McBroom Cemetery northeast of Shellsburg.