David A. Barnett
David A. Barnett, (father of J. S. Barnett now well known in the county) with his family settled near Grove City in 1855. For two or three years thereafter James S., then a young lad, was the only pupil in that school district. Judge Barnett held many positions of honor in the county, and was a strong Abolitionist. He died in 1868. In an early day preaching was frequently held in his cabin. He was a native of Ohio.
From "History of Cass County, Iowa Together With Brief Mention of Old Settlers," by Lafe Young, Atlantic, Iowa, Telegraph Steam Printing House, 1877, pg. 22.