ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
Emmet P. Barringer, of Ruthven, has long been identifiedwith the general
business interests of this section of the state and is widelyknown as one of
its leading financiers, being president of the Farmers' SavingsBank.
Equally noted as a citizen whose useful career hasconferred credit on his
community and whose marked abilities and sterlingqualities have won for him
much more than local repute, he holds distinctiveprecedence as one of the
most progressive men who have ever inaugurated andcarried to successful
consummation large and important undertakings in thislocality. He was born in Big Springs, Adams county, Wisconsin, on the 6thof April, 1857, and is a son of
Peter E. and Amanda (Ward) Barringer, the formerborn in New York state,
while the latter was a native of Ohio.In 1873they left Big Springs,Wisconsin, and came to Iowa, settling in Palo Altocounty, about four miles east of Ruthven.The mother died on that farm in1891, and the father was later
married to Miss Mary Pease.Soon afterwardsthey moved to Ruthven, where the father died in 1909, at the age of eighty-sixyears.
Emmet P. Barringer received his education in the districtschools of
Wisconsin, and in 1872 came to Iowa, preceding his parents one year.He worked on the Palo Alto farm during the summers and attended schoolduring the winters.
In 1874 he entered the Emmetsburg high school,attending two years.After the first term, he took up teaching and taughtfourteen terms of school.In 1887 he spent six months as land inspectorfor the American Investment Company of Emmetsburg, and in December of that yearwas appointed deputy county treasurer, in which position he served two years.In 1892 he was elected county
supervisor and was twice re-elected to theoffice, resigning during the last year of his third term in order to run for thelegislature.He was elected in one of the hardest-fought district fightsever seen in the state.Mr.
Barringer ran on the straight republicanticket and was opposed by a free-silver republican and a free-silver democrat,over whom he had a plurality of over six hundred, while he also ran far ahead ofhis ticket.Prior to this he had served four years as chairman of therepublican county committee.While in the legislature, he became one ofthe incorporators of the American Life
Insurance Company, of Des Moines, ofwhich he was made vice president, in which position he served for manyyears.
In 1902 Mr. Barringer, in company with M. L. Brown, ofEmmetsburg, went into
Saskatchewan, Canada, and bought thirty thousand acres ofland, after which
they formed a corporation, the American Colonization Company,of which he was
made vice president and general manager.The company wasincorporated for a
millon dollars and had a paid-up capital of one hundred andninety-two
thousand dollars.They were successful in this enterprise andcontinued to buy
and sell land until they had bought over fifty-six thousandacres.In 1909
this corporation was dissolved and the Brown &Barringer Syndicate, organized
for the purpose, took over the holdings and arestill conducting the business.
In 1892 Mr. Barringer became identifiedwith the banking business of Palo
Alto county, founding the Ruthven SavingsBank, of which he was elected
president.In 1894 a private bank atAyrshire failed and Mr. Barringer was
appointed assignee.Immediatelythereafter, in association with M. L. Brown, he
opened a private bank at thatplace, and in 1896 it was incorporated as the First
National Bank of Ayrshire.Mr. Barringer was the cashier of this bank for
several years and is stilla member of its board of directors.He also served
one year as a directorof the First National Bank of Emmetsburg.In later
years he opened aprivate bank in Ruthven but it was later incorporated as the
Farmers SavingsBank, since which time he has been its president.About 1918
Mr. Barringerbecame actively identified with the Ancient Order of United
Workmen of Iowa andbecame chairman of the finance committee of the grand
lodge, in which positionhe has served continuously to the present time.Two
years after assumingthat position, he was elected a member of the board of
director of the farm loanboard and is the holder of extensive landed interests in
California and otherplaces.
Mr. Barringer was married in 1882 to Miss Margaret G.Ruthven, and to them
were born three children:Orie Irene; Ray E., who isa farmer in Palo Alto
county;and Harold E., also a farmer of this county.On April 8, 1918, Mr. Barr
inger was married to Mrs. Della Karsch.Heis a member of Highland Lodge,
A. F. & A. M.; Earnest Chapter, No. 152, R.A. M.; Ruthven Lodge, I. O. O. F.;
and Esterville Lodge, B. P. O. E.Hisactivities have been most varied in
character.His extensive businessinterests are but the legitimate outcome of
consecutive effort, directed andcontrolled by good judgment.Strong mental
powers and an invinciblecourage have so entered into his makeup as to
render him a dominating power inthe business world and a leader of men in
important enterprises.He hasnot only been interested in the advancement of his
individual affairs, but hisinfluence has also been felt in a very definite way
in the advancement of thecommunity which has so long been honored by his
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