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Barnes, Charles Albert 1845-1915


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 10/28/2006 at 21:58:03


Injured Wednesday Morning, Death Follows Friday


Mr. Barnes Was Pioneer Resident of Beaver Township.----Was Township Officer and Active Mason

This community was much saddened Saturday by the news of the death of one of its pioneer residents and substantial citizens, C.A. Barnes, who died at his home in Beaver township the night previous from the effects of the kick of a horse the Wednesday previous.

Mr. Barnes" condition was realized to be serious from the first, owing to the nature of the injury, the animal having kicked him in the abdomen, but a faint hope was held out by his numerous friends that with his vigorous vitality he would survive the ordeal. Immediately following the accident, medical aid was summoned and all possible was done to prolong his life.

He was an honored member of the Masonic Lodge in Ogden, Iowa. He has been actively interested in all things that make for the public good, having been identified with the management of township affairs in the various township offices and at his death was serving the township as justice of the peace and school treasurer of Beaver Center School District.

The early life of Mr. Barnes was spent on the family homestead in Stevenson County, Ill., where he received such education as the common schools afforded. He was particularly fond of mathematics in which he became very proficient. He had early Christian training and committed much of the Scripture to memory and throughout his life took interest in religious services. In 1902 he was converted and united with the Beaver Baptist church in which he retained active membership until his death.

About 40 years ago he came to Boone County, Iowa, where he endured all the privations and hardships of the early settlers. By hard work and economy he established himself at the family home in Beaver township in which he has taken great pride in beautifying and improving until he has one of the fine homes of the community.

Charles Albert Barnes was born in Galena, Ill., Sept 19, 1845, died at his home in Beaver township, as a result of injuries received from the kick of a horse. The death occurring Oct. 15, 1915, after about 60 hours of intense suffering. Being 70 years and 26 days of age at the time of his death.

He was the second son of Christopher T. and Rosamund Minerva Barnes and was one of a family of five children. Three of whom, William G., of Garner, Iowa; Theodore E. of Grand Junction, Iowa; and Mrs. L.A. Pepperman of Lena, ILL., and one half brother, George A. Barnes, of Waddams Grove, Ill., all of these with the husbands of Mrs. Laura Nuss and Mrs Rosa Miller, of Lena, Ill., were present at the funeral service, but on account of the sudden taking away were unable to reach the bedside before the death.

On August 31, 1893, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Eva Steinshower (nee Sparks). To this union three children were born. Edith G., who died at the age of two years, and Charles Henry and Edna M., who have grown to manhood and womanhood, together with the wife and mother and Mrs. Clara Herridge and Harry Steinshower, step children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father.

Funeral services were held from the home in Beaver township and the M.E. Church in this city Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. J. E. Treloar, the deceased's pastor of Beaver Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. Fansher of the M.E. Church here, conducted the services. The Masonic order took charge of the services at the church and the grave and the body was laid to rest with Masonic honors. A quartette from the Beaver Baptist Church, consisting of Mrs. Murry Harvey Rinker, and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Gonder, rendered special music. Interment was in Glenwood.
No bronze or marble shaft, no splendor of ancient or modern tombs and no play of immortal genius can adorn the memory of such manly men. Their lives, their deeds, their influence, living or dead, and their pure aspirations are their monuments that will keep their names burning in the (illegible) and the hearts of kindred and bretheren, while the flying monuments are dimming with their dust and rust are inscriptions upon the brightest obelisk in the cemetery. While the silence of death wraps and chills us at this moment, memories, sweet and precious, come crowding in.

The silver cord is loosened, the golden bowl is broken, the dust has returned to earth as it was; the spirit has returned to the God who gave it. The devoted man who remembered his Creator's days in his youth, ere the evil days came or the years drew night when he should say, I have no pleasure in them, has finished his course and reached the heavenly goal.

(Ogden Reporter, October 21, 1915)


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