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James Barker


Posted By: Gordon Felland (email)
Date: 3/3/2014 at 17:31:09

Worth County deputy sheriff James Barker was born in Antwerp, Ohio, on Dec. 18, 1864. In July 1883 he came to Manly, Iowa where he remained three years. The next two years were spent in Kensett and the following year in Northwood. In Sept. 1889 when the great boom in Duluth was on he migrated thither where he remained until 1892. He then returned to his native state of Ohio where three years were spent. In 1895 he returned to Northwood which has since been his home.

Nine years ago he was chosen sexton of Sunset Rest Cemetery, a position which he still holds. To his painstaking care in great measure is due the charming appearance of that beautiful resting place of the dead. Three years ago Sheriff Lee appointed Mr. Barker to the position of deputy sheriff of Worth county, an office which he has administered to the complete satisfaction of all law-abiding citizens.

For the past seven years he has been operating a poultry market in Northwood, having distributed many thousands of dollars among the farmers of this community.

Mr. Barker was married in Northwood on the 28th day of November, 1888 to Miss Ida M. Eighelberger. They have three daughters, Ethel M., Edith M. and Pearl M.

Source: The Semi-Centennial Souvenir of Northwood, Iowa, 1907, page 14.


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