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From: Patty Millich <>
Subject: [PACAMBRI] p 4 April 6 1906 CF
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 16:06:26 -0400
Death of Mrs.
Mrs. Charles Anderson, died at her home near
Belsano Saturday night at 9 o’clock, leaving to survive her her husband,
Charles Anderson and seven children.
Interment was made Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Belsano in the United Brethren Church yard, she having been a member of that
church. The deceased was aged 53 years
and was a good woman. She resided three
years ago at Vintondale where she was well known.
Mrs. Rebecca Baer,
Mrs. Rebecca Baer, known here as a faithful
nurse, died recently in Indiana county.
A. A. Trexler died at the home of Thad Conrad
at Chest Springs on March 26th, aged 58 years.
The funeral took place at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning of last week. Interment was made in the St. Monica Cemetery at Chest Springs.
Prominent Citizen of Ebensburg
Valentine S. Barker
of the Firm of Barker Bros., Passed Peacefully to the Great Beyond Last Sunday
Was Waiting for the
Valentine Stephen Barker, senior member of
the mercantile firm of Barker Brothers of Ebensburg, died at his home on High
street on Sunday morning about 9:30 o’clock as the result of paralysis of the heart,
aged sixty-two years, seven months and sixteen days.
The death of Mr. Barker furnishes another
most forcible example of the uncertainly of this mortal life. With the exception of a slight attack of
lumbago, to which he was subject, Mr. Barker had been enjoying his accustomed
health recently and was able to be at his desk every day in the big store of
which he was the senior partner. On
Saturday he was at the store all day and didn’t leave his desk until about 9 o’clock in the evening just prior to closing, when
he walked to his residence located about a block away.
As was his custom, upon arriving at his home,
he chatted with his family for sometime and after, retired for the night,
apparently as well as usual. About two o’clock Sunday morning, Mr. Barker aroused his wife
and complained of severe pains in the region of the heart. His wife prepared a plaster for him and
applied it to the affected part and the pain ceased. Mr. Barker suffered no further annoyance and
attributed the pain to stomach disorder.
At six o’clock Sunday morning he arose and after completing
his toilet, partook of breakfast and did not complain of any illness. After
breakfast he was about the house and sometime previous to 9:30 he went to his library and was seated in an
arm chair waiting until it was time to start to church.
the final summons came, his wife was in the library with him, and without a
moment’s warning of his illness, his head sank back upon the arm chair, pallor
came over his face, his heart ceased to beat, there was a gasp and his eyes
closed forever. Members of his family
thought he had fainted. Mrs. Barker
hastened to his assistance and held his head while Dr. F. C. Jones was being
summoned. He uttered no response to the solicitations addressed to him by his
wife, and a little later Dr. Jones arrived and pronounced him dead. He intended as has been his life long
practice to attend the morning service in the Presbyterian church and was
waiting to hear the church bell call the members of his religious faith to worship
the Lord, but the Divine Master’s solemn summons preceded and his spirit passed
into the great beyond.
V. S. Barker was a son of the late Hon. A. A.
and Lousina P. Little Barker and was born in Lovell, Oxford County, Me., on August 15th, 1743 (sic – probably should be 1843). He came to Cambria county with his parents in November, 1854,
and located at Carrolltown, where the family remained for two years after which
they removed to Ebensburg where they have since resided.
Mr. Barker was a quiet, unobtrusive man and
one of Ebensburg’s best citizens. As a merchant he was progressive and very
attentive to his duties as a “buyer” for the big mercantile firm of which he
was the head. The morning of his death
marked the twenty-seventh anniversary of his firm’s existence. On April 1st, 1879 the deceased and his brother, Mr. C. H.
Barker, formed the partnership known as V. S. Barker & Brother. In 1882, Mr. F. H. Baker was taken into the
firm and ever since the business has been conducted under the firm name of
Barker Brothers. Mr. Barker first engaged
in the mercantile business upon his return from the Civil War or not long
after, when he purchased an interest in the general store of E. J. Mills, about
1864. The business was conducted under
the name of E. J. Mills & Co., until 1867 when Mr. Barker bought Mr. Mill’s
interest in the business and conducted the store himself until 1875. At this time he went out of business for
himself and took charge of his father’s general store which he continued to
manage until 1879 when the partnership of V. S. Barker and Brother was formed.
In 1862 Mr. Barker enlisted in the Union
cause in Company F of the 133rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry for
nine months. After serving the full term
of enlistment he returned to Ebensburg and has since been engaged it the
mercantile business. The deceased took
no active part in politics. In his
fraternal relations he has been identified with Summit Lodge No. 312, F. and A.
M.; Portage Chapter R. A. M. of Johnstown, No. 195; Kedron Commandery No. 18 at Greensburg; Highland Lodge No. 428, I. O. O. F. and
Captain M. Jones Post No. 556, G. A. R. at Ebensburg.
Religiously Mr. Barker was a member of the
Presbyterian Church of Ebensburg, having been an elder of the church for
upwards of twenty years as well as church treasurer for many years.
Valentine S. Barker was married twice. His first union was with Jennie L. Evans. To
this union were born two children:
Myrtle and Mabel. In 1873 his wife and the two children just named were
stricken with diphtheria and all three died within a week and their remains
were interred in Lloyd cemetery. In 1876
Mr. Barker was united in marriage to Cassie Williams of Indiana county, who together with the following
children, survive: Mrs. Edith, wife of
J. Milton Connell of Ardmore, near Philadelphia; and Miss Edna Barker, who is
attending a seminary at Luthersville near Baltimore; Alta, Aretas and Austin
Barker, other children of the deceased to the last union preceded their father
to the grave, Austin Barker having died June 17th 1905. Mrs. Barker and her
daughter, Mrs. Connell, who is visiting in Ebensburg, were with Mr. Barker when
he died. Besides the above named relatives, the deceased is survived by three
brothers, F. H., C. H. and Judge A. V. Barker, all of Ebensburg.
It will be impossible for members of the
family to notify Judge A. V. Barker of his brother’s death. The judge left Ebensburg on Friday for a ten
days tour off the southern coast of Florida and the family know of no way by which he
can be intercepted with the sad message.
He is expected to arrive at Miami, Florida, today and will immediately board a steamship for a voyage
among the keys. The judge is traveling
in company with several of his old college friends and after boarding the boat,
they expect to remain off shore until they are ready to return home.
The funeral cortege moved from the Barker
home about 1:15,
arriving at the Presbyterian Church soon after.
While the mourners were being seated a mixed quartet composed of Mrs.
Cyrus W. Jones, soprano; Miss Fannie Lloyd, alto; James W. Leech, Esq., tenor
and E. H. Davis, Esq. bassoon, chanted, “Blessed Are the Dead.” After a touching invocation by the Rev. S. G.
Craig, pastor of the church, the quartet sang, “Only One Sweetly Solemn
Thought.” The Rev. Craig read the
Scripture lesson and the Rev. J. Twyson Jones, pastor of the Congregational
church, made the prayer of the service.
After another selection by the quartet, the Rev. Craig delivered an
eloquent eulogy on Mr. Barker’s life.
The singing of “Lead, Kindly Light” concluded
the service at the church. Beside the grave in Lloyd Cemetery, the Rev. Crag read the short Presbyterian
burial service and the Masonic and G. A. R. organizations went through with
The local lodge of Masons furnished the
active pallbearers who were as follows: Sherman Tibbott, Walter R. Thompson,
Webster Griffith, Herman T. Jones, all of Ebensburg; Morris C. Williams of
Barnesboro and Al Clark, of Hastings.
These members of the G. A. R. accompanied the
remains as honorary bearers: Thomas J.
Hughes, William H. Davis, Edmund James, C. T. Roberts and W. A. Jones, all of
Ebensburg and H. E. Rheinhold of Meade Post, Philadelphia.
respect the store and business houses were closed Wednesday from noon until after the funeral of Mr. Barker.
Mrs. Newton I.
Mrs. Newton I. Roberts, of Johnstown, who had been ill for sometime, died at her
home on Tuesday. A number of Ebensburg
relatives attended the funeral.
Mrs. Ellen Ferguson
Mrs. Ellen Ferguson, wife of Robert Ferguson
of this place, died at the Ferguson home last Friday at 2:30 o’clock from paralysis at the age of 59 years,
having been born in Blacklick township, Cambria county, Jan. 24, 1847.
Mrs. Ferguson was the youngest of 12 children
born to Emanuel and Mary Brallier. Of
this large family but one member survives, Mr. Levi Brallier of Dale.
On March 31, 1874, the Rev. Samuel Mills performed the
ceremony which united in marriage Ellen Brallier and Robert Ferguson; during
these thirty-two happy and prosperous years, four children were born to bless
this union. Bertha and Gertrude, at
home; Jesse E. of Naples, S. D.; and John B. of Sioux City, Ia., all of whom
survive to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother.
The funeral services were conducted from the
Baptist church Monday afternoon, the Rev. Dr. J. S. James of Altoona and the
Rev. H. S. Replogle of Johnstown officiating.
Interment was at Lloyd’s cemetery. Those who bore the remains to their last
resting place were: A. J. Darragh,
Lester Larimer, G. D. MacBain, Herman Apel, Daniel J. Davis and Sherman
Funeral of Thomas L.
The remains of the late Thomas L. McNamara
who passed away in Kansas
City, Mo., two weeks ago, were brought here on Monday
morning on the 10:33
train for interment in the Lloyd cemetery.
The cortege proceeded at once to the cemetery where after brief services
conducted by the Rev. Samuel G. Craig, pastor of the Ebensburg Presbyterian
church, the remains were laid to rest.
Mrs. McNamara and her daughter accompanied the body to Ebensburg. They
will likely make this place their future home.
John Miller, Ramey
Mr. and Mrs. Magee of Marstellar attended the
funeral of Mrs. Magee’s father, John Miller, at Ramey last week.
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