Whitley County Obituaries

Babb, Arthur
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, October 16, 1918

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     Sunday night at 7:17 a message was received by Miss Ruth Orner of this city from Miss Nellie Babb, at Pittsburg, containing the sad intelligence that another Whitley county soldier had died of pneumonia. The telegram read as follows: Miss Ruth Orner. Columbia City, Ind. “Arthur is dead. Nellie.”
     The telegram contained no other information, but it is presumed that death was due to pneumonia which followed Spanish influenza. Friday morning, Mrs. Babb, mother of the young man, received a telegram announcing that he was very sick. She wired back for information as to his condition and whether or not she could see him if she went to camp. The reply was that his condition was critical and that she should come at once. She and her daughter, Miss Nellie Babb, left here Saturday morning at five o’clock. Whether they arrived before the son and brother passed away is not known.
     Arthur Babb was a son of Mary L. Babb of this city. He was born June 6th, 1895, at Warsaw, and was 23 years, 4 months and 7 days old at his death. He worked at the carpenter trade here and was sent to Valparaiso August 1st, 1918, to take special training. He remained there just a short time and was then sent to Pittsburg, where he remained until the time of his death. His father preceded him in death several years ago and he is survived by his mother, Mary L. Babb, and his sister, Nellie. News of his untimely death came as a great shock to his friends and associates in this city and county.


Banning, Lester E.
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 28, 1945 Page 6

     The death of a former Whitley county pioneer, Lester E. Banning, father of Mrs. Lawrence Firestone of Columbia City, occurred on Tuesday evening at nine o’clock at the home of another daughter, Mrs. George Fidler, residing about four miles northeast of North Webster. Mr. Banning was 86 years of age at the time of his death. He was born in Whitley county on March 7, 1859, and resided here for many years. His wife passed away 28 years ago. The funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at two o’clock at the North Webster Methodist church with the minister, the Rev. Mr. Kauffman in charge. Interment will be given in the North Webster cemetery. The body will be at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carlin Rothenburger, in North Webster from Thursday noon until the time of the funeral service. For the past several years Mr. banning had made his home with his children. He spent his active years as a farmer, in this county and later in Kosciusko county. He was the son of Jefferson Banning. Surviving children in addition to Mrs. Fidler and Mrs. Rothenburger, and Mrs. Firestone, are Mrs. Carlin Holderman of South Bend, and Frank Banning of Goshen and Alva Banning of Fort Wayne.

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Barber, Charles P.
The Commercial Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday August 17, 1935

     Funeral services for Charles P. Barber, 75, Larwill, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the home in Larwill by Rev. Thurmann Moirrs pastor of the Larwill M.E. Church. Rev. W. E. Bradley, pastor of Grace Lutheran church here, to which congregation Mr. Barber belonged, will assist. Burial services at Greenhill cemetery will be in charge of the Columbia City Blue Lodge, assisted by the Larwill Masonic Lodge.
     Mr. Barber died at 1:30 p.m. Friday at his home in Larwill of an apoplectic stroke. He had been feeling unwell for only a few days. He was born June 24, 1860 in Troy township to Scott and Minerva Goodrich Barber. He spent several years of his boyhood in Columbia City where he worked in the Ed Barber general store. At the age of 16 he secured a teacher's license and taught first in Washington township.
     A few years later he went west and proved up a claim in Kansas. He was married January 9, 1899 to Ida Rowe, who had proved up a claim in Colorado. The couple resided in Kansas several years, then moved to Columbia City. Mrs. Barber died in 1905.
     He served as mail clerk for 34 years, entering this work in 1890. Thirteen years ago he was retired and then took up his residence in Larwill with his sister, Mrs. Alice King. Surviving besides the sister is a foster daughter, Genevieve Lee; a nephew, Ray King of Fort Wayne; a great nephew, Ralph King of Larwill, and a great niece, Mrs. Eugene Beard of South Whitley.
     He was a member of the Grace Lutheran church here and the Columbia City lodge of Masons. Pleasant and kindly, he had made many friends and these deeply regret the announcement of his death.


Barber, Frederick B.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died February 14, 1911)

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     At one o’clock Wednesday morning Frederick B. Barber, a pioneer of Troy township, crossed the dividing line of life and death at his home in Larwill, the end coming peacefully… The deceased was born in Utica, N. Y., July 21, 1828, and was 82 years, 6 months and 24 days of age at his death. When ten years of age he came with his parents to Troy township… At the age of nineteen he returned to Wyoming county, N. Y., and worked there four years at the lumber business. About this time his brother, E. L., and three others decided to make the trip overland to California. They left this county in 1852 on this long trip and safely reached the golden state. Mr. Barber remained there six years, returning home by ship to New York, and from the profits of his trip he was able to purchase a farm in Troy township.
     He was united in marriage to Lucy J. Barnes, a daughter of Fielding Barnes, November 30, 1858, and they were the parents of five children, three of whom survive: Mrs. Elsie Jones, of Crawfordsville; Mrs. Alta Young and Mrs. Nellie Marchand, of Larwill. Mrs. Barber died July 16, 1878, and he was again married to Mrs. Maxia Noble, a sister of his first wife, October 2, 1879. In 1875 he left the farm and moved to Larwill to care for his aged father and remained with him till his death in July, 1881. He then returned to the farm and lived there until advancing years made it advisable to retire, and so he moved back to Larwill eight years ago and resided there till his death.
     In addition to the children mentioned he leaves two step-daughters, Mrs. Dora Armstrong, of Stanton, Michigan, and Mrs. Delbert Elder, of this city. He also leaves two brothers, Hon. E. L. Barber, of Fort Wayne and W. S. Barber of Larwill, both of them being well up in years. The widow of his son Halow resides in Fort Wayne and there are six grandchildren.


Barber, Minerva (Goodrich)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Sunday May 7, 1922

     Aged Widow Passes Away at Larwill. Mrs. Scott Barber, mother of Charles P. Barber, formerly of this city, died Saturday evening about 8 o'clock, at her home in Larwill, from the infirmities of old age. She has been in failing health for a number of years and was confined to her bed practically all the time since last December.
     Mrs. Minerva Goodrich Barber was born in Ohio, April 20th, 1837 to Price and Julia Goodrich and died in Larwill, Indiana, May the 13th, 1922, at the age of 85 years and 20 days. She came with her parents to this county when but a small child and located on a farm on the line between Troy and Richland townships. She was united in marriage to Scott Barber in 1855 and to this union two children were born, Charles P. Barber and Mrs. Alice King, both of Larwill.
     After her marriage, she resided with her husband on a farm in Troy township, later moving nearer to town and about twenty years ago, retired and moved into Larwill. Mr. Barber passed away about seven years ago, and since that time Mrs. Barber and her children, Mrs. King and Mr. Charles P. Barber, have lived together in the old homestead in Larwill.
     Besides her children, Mrs. Barber is mourned by one brother, Silas Goodrich, of Thorncreek township, and by a great many old friends and acquaintances with whom she has lived in peace and harmony for so many long years. She was a devoted mother and a loyal member of the Presbyterian church.
     The funeral services were conducted from the home, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. Leach of the M. E. church in Larwill, officiating. Interment was in the Lakeview cemetery.


Barber, Mrs. Virgil
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died Thursday March 2, 1899

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     After a lingering illness Mrs. Virgil Barber died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Austin at Hecla on March 2, 1899, in the 69th year of her age. She was married to Virgil Barber June 4, 1848. The singing was conducted by Mrs. G. A. Young, Mrs. Meda Young, and Miss Letta Adams.


Barber, Virgil
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Commercial – February 18, 1903)

     Virgil Barber, for many years a resident of Whitley county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Marrs, in Chicago, February 16, from a complication of liver diseases, aged seventy-seven years and three months. He was at one time postmaster at Hecla. He leaves four daughters to mourn. His remains were interred at Larwill.


Barber, Winfield Scott
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday June 5, 1915

     Scott Barber, a resident of Whitley county for over seventy-six years, and one of the oldest men in this county, died at his home in Larwill, Wednesday evening at 6:15 o'clock, at the age of eighty-eight years, three months and seven days. Three years ago, he sustained a severe fall, bruising his hip and more or less hampering him in his ability to get around since that time. His general health, however, was good until a couple of months ago, when he became bedfast. From that time on, his condition became weaker and weaker until Saturday, when he lapsed into unconsciousness. It was evident to those about him that the end was near and at the hour stated the spark of life went out and he passed into the peaceful, eternal sleep of death.
     For nearly four score years he was a citizen of this county, and he always stood for the things which are best in this world. He was a high type of citizen always and his memory is respected and revered. Throughout his life, he was a believer in the Christian religion and he adhered to the principles inculcated in his belief. As a citizen and neighbor, Scott Barber was the same. Agreeable and industrious, he endeavored to fill his niche in life.
     The deceased was a native of York state. He was born there Feb. 24th, 1827, and came to this county in 1839 with his parents, Harlow Barber and wife, who settled on the south bank of Troy Cedar Lake. Then indeed was this country a wilderness and Harlow Barber was in every sense a pioneer. The son, Scott Barber, being but 12 years old when he became a citizen of the wilderness, set apart to do his mite to clear away the forests and reclaim the land. His early manhood was of a sort calculated to develop a rugged physique and strong constitution, and the number of his years has certainly borne out the value of a strong healthy body.
     In 1849, when the gold rush to California occurred, the news of it even reached Troy township and Mr. Barber was caught by it. He spent four years in the west but returned to Troy township, and since that time he has been practically a continuous resident of this county.
     On May 25th, 1855, he was united in marriage to Miss Minerva Goodrich, who survives. Two children were born to them. They are Mrs. Alice King, of Larwill, and Charles P. Barber, of this city. One brother, E. L. Barber, resides in Fort Wayne. There are no sisters.
     Mr. Barber was a Justice of the Peace at one time and he was also trustee of Richland township a number of years ago. He has been an active member of the Masonic lodge for over fifty years. Early in life he joined the Baptist church and later became a member of the Presbyterian church. He was a firm believer in the church and took an active interest in its welfare until within the past few years when his health failed him.
     After his marriage in 1855, he lived in Troy township on a farm for a while but he later sold that and bought a farm close to Larwill which he owned at the time of his death. About twenty-five years ago, he retired from active life and moved to town where he has since resided.
     The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the house, with Rev. Evans officiating. The Larwill Masonic lodge, of which the deceased was a lifelong member, had charge of the services. The interment will be in the Lake View cemetery at Larwill.


Barnes, Eliza Ann (McAllister)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died July 3, 1897)

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     Eliza Ann McAllister was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, August 10, 1819; died in Whitley county, Ind., July 3, 1897, aged 86 years, 10 months and 23 days. She removed to Salem, Washington county, Ind. with her father’s family in 1817, and remained there two years. In 1819 she returned to Mercer county, Kentucky where she was married to Fielding Barnes in 1830. She was the mother of fourteen children; three sons and four daughters survive her.


Barnes, Fielding
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died January 30, 1894)

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     Fielding Barnes was born in Mercer county,Kentucky, April 25, 1807, died at his home in Whitley county, Ind. Jan. 30, 1894, aged 86 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was united in marriage to Eliza McAllister in 1830. To this union fourteen children were born, six of whom have preceded him to the spirit land, three sons and five daughters survive. He leaves his aged wife (83 years of age) eight children, thirty-three grandchildren, and thirty-two great grandchildren. He removed with his family from Mercer Co., Ky. To Parke Co., Ind. in 1831. He moved to his farm in Whitley county in 1843. He has been a resident of Troy township fifty years.


Barnes, Luke H.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post - May 17, 1909)

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     L. H. Barnes was born in Parke county, Indiana, June 17, 1841, and was aged 67 years and 11 months. When a little more than two years of age he came with his parents to this county and settled in Troy township, where his entire life was spent. He was united in marriage December 13, 1866, to Phoebe Noble, and to them three children were born – Asher D., and Jesse R., of Troy township, and Fielding E., of Wheatland, Wyo. Mrs. Barnes died November 16, 1906, and the deceased was married the second time to Mrs. Mary C. Havens, who still survives. He also leaves two brothers, Zach, of Troy township, and John Barnes, of Elgin, Ore.; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Barber, of Larwill, and Mrs. Wooden, of Iowa.

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