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Barnard, Charles 1818-1898


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/31/2013 at 12:39:10

Postville Review, Fri., 1 July 1898.

Chas. Barnard, an old resident of Waukon, better known as the nursery man in earlier years, died last week.


Added by S. Ferrall, August 4, 2021:

Charles Barnard or 'Uncle Charley,' as he was familiarly called, died at his residence in this city Thursday evening, June 23. He had been in poor health all spring and death was caused by a general breaking down of the system. He was 81 years old.

He is survived by his widow, two sons, Chas. of Nebraska, and Nate of Wallace, Idaho, and two daughters, Mrs. Murphy of Castana and Mrs. Manson of Sibley, this state. Another daughter Mrs. M.R. Schelschmidt, preceded him to the grave three years ago.

Mr. Barnard came to this county from Ohio about thirty-three years ago and ever since has been identified with and taken a leading part in everything for the best interests of Waukon and Allamakee county. He took an especial interest in our Geological and mineral formations and never grudged time nor labor devoted to their development. To his efforts were due in the attempt to develop the iron deposits northeast of Waukon, and he never lost faith in their value.

The funeral takes place from the house at 1:30 to-morrow, being delayed to allow his son from Idaho to get here. Burial takes place in Oakland cemetery.
~Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, June 29, 1898; pg 3

Waukon Republican: The death of Charles Barnard on Thursday* takes from us another pioneer, whose life has been spent in usefulness. He was born on the Isle Wight in 1818, but when he was about eighteen months old his parents moved to the U.S. and settled on Wheeling Island in the Ohio river. In Ohio he worked with his father at market gardening.

Mr. Barnard was three times married. He came to Iowa in 1865.

Mr. Barnard has been interested in fruit growing and gardening during his entire active life. He was a man who studied nature rather than books; as a consequence of which he had opinions of his own that were formed after much thought. Upon his particular line there was probably no better posted man in Northern Iowa.

Of late he had been much interested in the cultivation of the sugar beet and had come to have great faith in that industry for this section of the country. Although he did not live to see the result of his labors, yet should this industry grow to be of importance in this county, no small amount of the credit will belong to him.

He was also a great student of geology and was particularly well informed upon the geological strata of Allamakee.

In politics he was a Republican and was especial adherent to the principles of high tariff. He was a man full of ideas and opinions of almost every subject of public interest.

His life has been one of activity and up to within a few days of his death he was laboring at his chosen work. In "Uncle Charley" one has been taken from us who will be missed. It is to be regretted that we can not have more men like him who are far less in expressing their opinions and who live up to their opinions when expressed.
~Lansing Mirror, Friday, July 1, 1898; pg 4

*Note: his death occurred on June 23


The funeral of Charles Barnard did not take place until Friday, his son Nate not arriving until Thursday. The services were conducted according to the Episcopal ritual, Rev. A.M. May officiating.
~Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, July 6, 1898; pg 3


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