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J O Barnes


Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 11/24/2005 at 21:32:49

J O Barnes, Merchant and manufacturer, Boone ; an eminently self-made man and prominent merchant, whose brief biography gives but an imperfect narrative, was born in Franklin county, New York, on the 8th day of Sept 1843; he resided here until seventeen years of age and learned the trade of harness maker and carriage trimmer, and in 1860 came to McGregor, Iowa and worked at his trade; in 1868 he came to this city and still followed his trade as an occupation; but hew saw in the young town a chance for profit and success in a new enterprise, viz: the manufacture of gloves and mittens, he at once embarked in the occupation, first in a small way and increasing as his trade was established, until at the present time he manufactures over one hundred different styles, and from medium to the best grades; he has his own tannery for dressing deer skins and thoroughly competent fur dresser; his trade has doubled each year, and he comes far short of supplying the demands for his goods; his reputation as a business man is irreproachable; his manufactory is the only one in the country west of Gloversville, New York, that manufactures a full line; he is one of the fortunate individuals who almost invariably succeed in what they undertake; in connection with his glove manufactory, he carried a full line of hats, camps, and gentlemens' furnishing goods; he married Miss Josephine Burghardt in 1868; she was born in DeKalb county, Illinois; Mr Barnes is purely a self-made man; he cmae here without funds or favor with which to pave his pathway to success, and his example is a worthy one for the young men in boone County to emulate

Bio from the 1880 Boone county history book page 556


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