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Delaware County, Iowa


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Charles C. Barry


Prairie Twp.


      Charles C. Barry has spent practically his entire life within the borders of Delaware county and is widely recognized as one of its representative agriculturists and honored pioneers. He owns and operates a well improved farm of four hundred and eighty acres on section 35, Prairie township, which in its attractive appearance bespeaks his careful supervision.

      His birth occurred at Saratoga Springs, New York, on the 19th of January, 1856, his parents being John S. and Amelia M. (Brown) Barry, whose marriage was celebrated at Williamstown, Massachusetts, on the 10th of March, 1851, John S. Barry was born at Rowe, Massachusetts, December 23, 1827, and was a well educated man of literary inclinations, who served as superintendent of schools at Saratoga Springs until his hearing became impaired. He was a graduate of Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1856 he brought, his family to Delhi, Delaware county of Iowa, and the following year took up his abode on a tract of three hundred and twenty acres of government land on section 35, Prairie township, devoting the remainder of his life to agricultural pursuits. His demise, which occurred in 1897, was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had gained many friends during the four decades of his residence here. His wife was called to her final rest on the 22d of November, 1902, and both lie buried in the Sandy Creek cemetery. They had three children, as follows: John S. Barry, Jr., who passed away in Prairie township; Charles C., of this review; and Martha, who is the wife of Henry W. Brayton.

       Charles C. Barry acquired his education in the public schools of Manchester and since putting aside his text books has given his time and energies to farming. He owns four hundred and eighty acres of Rich and productive land in Prairie township and in connection with the cultivation of the soil also raises full blooded shorthorn cattle. His agricultural interests are conducted in a most practical and progressive manner, and he has long been numbered among the substantial enterprising and representative citizens of his community.

       Mr. Barry married twice. In September, 1885, he wedded Miss Hortense Trenchard, a daughter of Silas and Emma Trenchard, of Manchester. By this union there was one child, Leah L., who is now the wife of Albert Masterhan. Mrs. Hortense Barry passed away on the 29th of November, 1904, and her remains were interred at Manchester. Subsequently Mr. Barry married Miss Emma Masterhan, a daughter of Henry Masterhan, who demise occurred several years ago. By his second wife Mr. Barry has three children : Beatrice B., Delva D. and John S., all at home.

       In politics Mr. Barry is a democrat and his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have called him to numerous Township offices, the duties of which he has ever discharged in a most efficient and commendable manner. He has always shown great interest in all that pertains to the general welfare and has been known as a public spirited man who has ever found time and inclination to cooperate in the movements for the public good. In all the relations of life he has been honorable and straightforward, and his example is well worth of emulation. He is a member of the blue lodge No. 165, A. F. & A. M.; Olive Branch Chapter , No. 40, R. A. M.; Nazareth Commandery, No. 33, K. T.; El Kahir Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; and to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.         


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 113-114.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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