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Courtesy Dixie Peoples:
From "Cass County Missouri Families" : Article: "Frederick W. Barker"Used with permission of Cass County MO Historical Society, 400 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville MO 64701.This book was published in 1976 and is copyrighted.
Unlike his brother who moved away,Frederick Washington Barker (18 July 1853 - 1 March 1928) remained in Cass County,and became an important and valuable member of the community.He,too,was a school teacher and was first appointed,and then later elected to the office of Cass County Highway Surveyor and Engineer.During his term in office,he discontinued the practice of building wooden bridges on county roads and replaced them,by letting of contracts by bidding,with permanent concrete structures which saved many tax dollars.More than a thousand concrete bridges and culverts were built during his term.
On 16 February,1891,Fred married Harriet Ann Broadbrooks (16 February, 1869 - 21 May 1949) of East Lynne,Missouri and raised his family on the farm he bought from his father.Their children:Madge (26 August 1892 - 8 December 1895);Mabelle Louise Thompson,Nee Barker (23 February 1894) living in Kansas City, Missouri and Arthur Vernon Barker (20 August 1899 - 9 October, 1971).Arthur V. married Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Brown (8 October 1899 - 10 November 1971) on 20 November 1923 to which union there was born three children: Arthur Frederick Barker (9 August 1925) married Barbara Joyce Comstock on 20 June 1948.Their children are Arthur Christopher Barker (15 April 1951);Constance Lorraine Barker (23 October 1954)and David Eric Barker (19 January 1959).Gerald Dean Barker (12 April 1927 single.Bettie Jean Barker (26 June 1929) married George Edgar Stuber on 4 September 1948.Their children are Dennie Keith Stuber (6 Mar 1953); Debra Jean Rearick,Nee Stuber (19 October 1956) and Diana Janice Stuber (20 October 1957).
Other children of Sherwood M. Barker and Katherine Barker were: Sarah Ann (Sally) Barker (25 February 1843 - 27 July 1912)married firstBristow.Second marriage was to William Weathers (5 November 1837 - 19 July 1913).Sarah and William Weather are buried in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville,Missouri.Sophia Barker (25 January 1844 - 22 September 1854).Ellon T. Barker (1 March 1945 - ?) married John Davis.Their children: Jessie, John, Mattie, Fannie, Dee and Wallie.Mary Jennie Dodge Barker (21 January 1859 - 18 February 1915 married David William Duvall (1854-1924). Their children: Jennie Adeline Duvall (1881 - 1950) married Roy Groom Reynolds.Katherine Beulah Duval (1883- 1953). Single.Eunice Eliza Duvall (26 April 1898 - 2 March 1965) married her cousin Sherwood J. Barker. Alta Leta Duvall and Earl Duvall.Grandchildren of Jennie Barker Duvall are Eleanor Reynolds, Napa, California, formerly a Cass County teacher for ten years and Katherine Jane Reynolds who married Charles Allen Kenagy of Garden City Missouri.Their children: Roy, Beth, David James, Gary and grandchild Eric.Kate Kandice Barker (6 August 1862 - 13 February 1937).Eliza Uranus Barker (2 March 1866 -1939).Elizabeth Barker 26 May 1851 - ?).
Mrs. Fred Barker was hired by the Cass County Court to make a plat of the roads which she did on fine paper and had bound into a book.Eliza was a nurse and Jennie taught piano and organ lessons in the Harrisonville area.About 1912,Frank, Gerald, Eliza and Kate,all unmarried,moved to Long Beach,California where they lived until their deaths.(see sketch on Sherwood M. Barker.)
Courtesy Jude Helverson: From A Peculiar Heritage or a Century of Persons, Places and Events in the Life of Peculiar, Missouri 1868 - 1968, published by Democrat Publishing Co., Clinton, MO 1968, pg 1E:
"Rev. S. M. Barker Family"
Sherwood Millard Barker, a Baptist minister, moved his family from the Poor Valley of Virginia to West Peculiar Township in 1866.They settled on a farm near a little town named Girard, later known as Barton Station.Most of the way to Missouri they used oxen.There were eight children in the family ranging in age from a baby to 23 years of age namely:Sarah Ann (Sally) (1843), Ellen T. (1846), William Millard (1847), Frederick Washington (1853),Sylvanus Girard (1855), Mary Jennie Dodge (1859), Sherwood Frank (1857),Candace Katie (1862), and Eliza Uranus (1866).Rev. Barker was of English descent and his wife, Catherine S. Barker (maiden name) was of German descent.There were two other Barker families who settled nearby, John and Horace, who were cousins of S. M. Barker.
The Barker family helped to organize the Rodman church.All the children were well educated by their parents, some being sent to Illinois to attend school.All of them taught for a time in Cass County schools.The family were talented musicians and the Barker Boys Quartet was a popular attraction for many occasions.The boys were also in demand as debators and orators at Literary Society meetings.
William (Billy) became a minister in the Baptist Church and for a time was pastor at Grand River Church.He also served as a missionary in Oklahoma to the Indians before becoming president of a Baptist College in Illinois. He was married to Belle Bittle and had three sons, Frank, Millard and Sherwood.He retired in California.
Sally's first husband was named Bristow and there were two children, Claude and Kate.Her second marriage was to Billy Weathers and they made their home a short distance north of Harrisonville.
Ellen married John Davis and her children were Jessie, Fanny, Mattie and Johnnie.Their home was in Colorado and California.
Frank, who was a surveyor, helped in making one of the early plat books of Cass County.
Girard was Cass County school Commissioner for some time.
These two men and Kate and Eliza never married.About 1914 the four moved to California.
Jennie was married to David W. Duvall and lived on a farm south of Freeman.She had five children, Jennie Adeline, Beulah, Eunice, Alta and Earl.Her granddaughter, Mrs Charles Kenagy and children Roy, Beth, David, Jimmy and Gary of Garden City, are the only members of the Barker family who now live in Cass County.
Fred, the only Barker boy to remain in Cass County his lifetime, taught his first school at Rodman.While teaching at Hickory Grove south of Freeman, he would walk to and from the Barker farm each weekend.He purchased the farm owned by his brother, Frank, located just east of his father's farm.His wife was Harriet Ann Broadbrook.There were three children, Madge, who died at the age of 3 years; Mabelle, and Arthur, who both now live in Kansas City.Arthur still owns his father's farm and is often tending to farm chores there.Arthur has three children, Arthur F., Gerald, and Bettie J.Fred was elected to the office of Highway Engineer two years and County Surveyor and Engineer for six years.During that time he introduced concrete for bridges and culverts.There was much opposition to this but it proved to be successful.He abolished letting of contracts to contractors which caused much enmity, but built about 1,000 bridges and culverts, all of which proved to be a valuable experiment to the taxpayer.
He spent the rest of his life on his farm.He was a friendly and helpful person who loved practical jokes.
Fred Barker died March 1, 1928 and is buried at Peculiar, as is his father (d:1890) and mother d:1894)."
Courtesy Constance Barker. Probably from the "Cass County Democrat - Missourian".
FRED W BARKER IS DEAD. End Comes Suddenly March 1 to Former Cass County Official - Burial March 3 at Peculiar. -
An event of unusual sadness occurred March 1, 1928, at the public sale of George Powell, three miles west of Harrisonville, when Frederick Washington Barker, a prominent citizen of Cass county, suddenly came to his death.
The noon lunch was over, and Mr. Barker was leaving in his car for Harrisonville.He had gone but a short distance from where his car had been parked when he "killed" his engine. William Cleton, a neighbor, being with him endeavored to crank the car for a fresh start when he discovered something was wrong. Looking up and asking that the driver throw on his brakes, he discovered Mr. Barker gasping for breath. Soon several men were at the side of the stricken man, but nothing could be done. Perhaps the heart that had been for five years under the strain of leakage grew too weak to function further. When he was taken by sympathetic hands from his car it was 1:30.
Mr. Barker was a native of "old Virginia."He was born July 18, 1854,his parents being Sherwood and Kate Barker.At the age of fourteen he went with his parents to the state of Illinois. In 1878 he came to Missouri, locating on the present homestead, five miles northwest of Harrisonville on Highway 71.
He was united in marriage February 16, 1891, to Miss Harriett Broadbrook of the Peculiar community. They became the parents of three children, one of whom, Madge, died in infancy. He is survived by his companion, and two children - Mabelle and Arthur of Kansas City, and two grandchildren. Two sisters, Misses Eliza and Kate Barker, and two brothers, Frank and Rev. Billie Barker, all of California, are living. Other relatives are left behind, and numerous friends and acquaintances.
At an early age Mr. Barker united with a Baptist church in his native home community. He was at the time of his death a member of the Antioch Baptist church. He held membership in Peculiar Camp, No. 2835, of the Modern Woodman, and had been for several years affiliated with the Knights of Pythias lodge in Harrisonville.
His career in public office covered several years. In January, 1908, he was appointed by the Cass County Court to the newly created office of County Highway Engineer. The court records indicate he was re - appointed in January, 1910. In he early spring of 1918 he was appointed to the same honorable position to fill out the unexpired term of Ben D. Prater, who resigned to enter the World War. In November of the same year he was lived for a number of years near Raymore, later buying the Griffith farm two miles east of Peculiar, where he lived until a few years ago when he bought property in Peculiar and came here to spend his last years. elected to the office, and entered upon a full term January, 1919. During these many years of public service Mr. Barker discharged his duties in a conscientious, efficient, and acceptable manner. He had announced his candidacy for this office subject to the action of the Democratic primary, March 7, 1928. He regarded his office as a "Public Trust."He will be held in high regard by his fellow Cass county citizens throughout he years ahead.
Funeral services were held at the Peculiar Baptist church, Saturday, March 3, at 2 o'clock, being in charge of the writer. A great throng assembled at the church to pay solemn respect to his memory. Burial was in the Peculiar cemetery. - George C. Monroe. Baptist Preacher. Harrisonville Study.
Card of Thanks. We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to our many friends for the loyalty and kindness shown us in our recent sorrow; especially for the beautiful floral offerings. May God bless you everyone. Signed - Mrs. Fred Barker, Son and Daughter.
The passing of Fred Barker came as a great shock to our community. It calls to our mind the passage of Scripture found in ST. Matthew, 24-44, "Therefore, be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh."A complete obituary of Mr.. Barker may be found elsewhere in the DEMOCRAT.
A large number of employees of from the express company where Miss Mable and Arthur Barker are employed, were here Saturday to attend the funeral of their father, Fred Barker.