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E. L. Barber
Born 17 November 1876

E. L. Barber, who is engaged in the real-estate business in Wyoming township, was born in Marshall county, Iowa, November 17, 1876, and is a son of William and Loretta (Tripp) Barber. The parents were natives of New York state, where they were married, but came west to make a home for themselves and their children. For a time they lived in Lee county, Illinois, and then, upon coming to Iowa, located in Marshall county, where they passed the rest of their lives. Of the seven children born to them five are now living: Frank E., who resides in Marshall county; Mattie, who is the wife of M. H. Ulery of Boone county, Iowa; Carrie, who married William Gould and lives in Marshall county; Bert, a resident of Humboldt county, Iowa; and E. L., the subject of this sketch.
E. L. Barber did not long remain under the parental roof for at the age of fourteen he went to a sister, with whom he lived until he became nineteen. He had obtained a fair education in the public school in his locality, although the years of his attendance at it were limited and the training of a kind inferior to that which farmer's boys receive today. However, he was not unprepared for his life work when, upon leaving his sister's home he engaged in business for himself. For a number of years he rented a tract of land and then bought a farm, which he traded subsequently for a livery business and sale barn in Kinross, Iowa. The acquaintance he had gained with land values and the peculiar aptitude he felt lie possessed for the real estate business suggested to him the feasibility of continuing his connection with operations in that field.
On the 6th of January 1898, Mr. Barber was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Taylor. She was born in this county and is a daughter of George L. and Myra (Hall) Taylor, the former deceased but the latter a member of Mr. Barber's household. Two children have been born to the couple: one who died in infancy and Bernice A. Mr. and Mrs. Barber are members of the Presbyterian church of Wyoming, with whose work they are closely identified and in accordance with whose teachings they have endeavored to conduct their lives. When he is called upon to exercise his right of franchise Mr. Barber invariably casts his ballot for the candidates of the Republican Party as he places deep confidence in the principles enunciated in its platform. He is not a man, however, who seeks for office from his fellow citizens, although he has always displayed a commendable interest in public affairs. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons, being a member of Keystone Lodge, No. 206, A.F.&A.M., and with the Modern Woodmen of America. In both of these organizations he has made stanch friends among the men who, through constant intercourse with him, have come to respect the strong traits of his character.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 609.


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