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Robert Barrow

Robert (Curley) Barrow was born in Ironwood, Michigan, in 1892. In 1911, he came to Madrid. He worked as a riveter on the double-track bridge west of Madrid. There, he met his wife-to-be, Louise E. Brokaw. Her father was an engineer on a work train, carrying supplies for the bridge. They were married in 1914. After completion of work on the bridge, they moved to Chilton, Wisconsin, where he worked for the Carnation Milk Company. Their daughter, Eva, was born there in 1916. Later, the family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Mr. Barrow worked at the Quaker Oats Company. His son, Edward, was born in Cedar Rapids in 1918.

The family next moved to Savanna, Illinois, where he was employed by the railroad. A second son, Robert, was born there in 1921, but only lived a few hours.

The family moved to Madrid in 1924, and he worked for the railroad in Madrid until his death in 1951. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

His wife, Louise, daughter of Elmer E. and Cora Brokaw, was born in Perry, Iowa, in 1895. She was a member of the Christian Church, the Royal Neighbor Lodge, Rebekah, and the American Legion Auxiliary. During the years she was very active in all these organizations. She passed away in 1968, and is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

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