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George W. Barr 1831-1907

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Posted By: Michael Kearney (email)
Date: 11/28/2017 at 22:14:24

The Clinton Herald Friday Decenber 27, 1907 p 8 Yesterday the Herald announced the death of George W. Barr of this city, pioneer upper river man, old-time resident of Clinton, and veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Barr had an interesting history. He was born in Meadville, Pa., on April 4, 1831 leaving there 47 years ago and coming west to Sterling, Ill., travelling the entire distance in a wagon. For a time he operated a farm near Soleta, in Whiteside county. When the war broke out he volunteered to aid his country, becoming a member of the Thirty-fourth Illinois volunteers, Co. E. At Bentonville, North Carolina, he was severely wounded on April 15, 1865, and carries an ounce of Confederate lead in his shoulder to his grave. Mr. Barr came to Clinton 35 years ago, and has since made this city his home. In his early youth he followed the life of a steamboat man on the Ohio river. Later he engaged in the same work on the Mississippi, becoming a pilot on the upper river, and for years affiliating with the Upper Mississippi River Pilots' association until that organization was disbanded. He was well known all along the river, and many old-time friends among the former mariners of the Mississippi will learn of his death with regret. At one time Mr. Barr operated a ferry boat across the Rock river, between Sterling and Rock Falls, years before a bridge crossed that river. Later he ran a ferry from this city to Fulton, Ill. Mr. Barr was a member of Robin Hood campo, No. 81, M.W.A., and an honored comrade of General N.B. Baker post No. 88, G.A.R.. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon under the direction of the local post, assisted by the Modern Woodmen. Besides his wife and one son, Charles E. Barr, the deceased is survived by two brothers: Wilson Barr of Oil City, Pa., and Lafayette Barr of Meadville, Pa. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow from the late residence, 318 Second avenue.


 

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