Yuma County, Colorado
Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:
Irving Barker, sister Eva, parents William H. and Louisa Barker , 1 South 42 West
One 1897 family history "BARKER, WILLIAM HENRY, son of Cicero and Mary
(Satterly) Barker, born Berkshire, N. Y., July 17, 1831; married Louisa Annie Longstreet, of Onondaga Valley, N. Y. (born
September 5, 1840), June 1, 1859. Their children are: Irving Longstreet, born September 22, 1860; Eva Louise, born March
7, 1864; Laura May (deceased); William Henry, born November 14, 1873. Residence, Chanute, Neosho county, Kan.
In 1895 Irving Barker, of Springfield Illinois, applied for a patent for a coal separator.
The Zeta Psi fraternity annual of 1899 lists:
The Syracuse University Alumni list of 1899 has:
Irving proved up a quarter in 29, 1S 42W in 1900. This was on the Dry Willow creek, near the Rosencrans ranch.
In 1900 Irving, born Sept 1860 in New York, is an employee of the RosenKrans ranch.
Joseph Rosekrans, March 1856 and Myra D. July 1864 were both born in New York.
One local history "He stopped at the famous Rosenkrans Ranch where Irving Barker was foreman"
In 1906, witnesses for the claim of George Johnson in 1S 42W were George Andrews, John Q. Brown, William Barker, and Irving L. Barker, all using Haigler, Neb. as a mailing address.
1906 "Irving Barker, who has been gone some three months on a trip to Nevada and the Pacific coast, returned home last evening. He expressed surprise that he should have been nominated by the Democrats for surveyer."
1908 "WANTED - In about two weeks, to hire a man, team and binder to cut about 100 acres of wheat at Rosencran's ranch. I. L. Barker."
1909 "Mr. and Mrs. Will Barker moved Monday from the seven miles north of Laird to within one half mile of teh Rosencrans ranch."
1910 "Irving Barker, of the Rosencrans ranch, was in Wray last week."
1910 "'Irvin' Barker, manager of the Rosencrans ranch, was a buusiness visitor to Wray."
In 1910 Wray, on West Pawnee Street, William H. Barker 48 and Louise A. 79 have Irving L., the county judge, and Eva P. daughter, 52, born in New York.
Inving is also listed on the ranch in 1910, The 1911 Syracuse University annual
1914 "Mrs. Barker, who was quite ill last week, is improving nicely - a fact her many friends will be glad to note. Her son, Iring Barker, who has been staying in town during her illness, returned to the Rosenkrans ranch the latter part of the week.
1917 Wray "Mrs. Ellen Fulmer, who had been visiting in the W.H. Barker home for several days, left yesterday for her home in Gibbon, Nebraska. Mrs. Fulmer is a sister of Mrs. Barker..."
William and Louise are still in Wray in 1920, and Irving and Eva are still with them.
In 1930 Wray, Irving and sister Eva are living in Wray, and Irving is still the county judge.
In 1940 Wray, Irving, still the county judge, and Eva have a housekeeper, Norma A. Graham, divorced. 50.
Irving Longstreet Barker 1860-1940 is buried in Syracuse, New York # 74611216, with parents William Henry Barker 1831-1920 and Louise Annie (Longstreet) Barker 1840-1922.
So is Eva Louise Barker 1864-1940 # 74611183.
Another sibling, William "William H. Barker, 75, died at the Lusk Hospital, Wyoming, on Thursday, Dec. 9, 1948 after being in failing health for some time. He was brought to the home of Mrs. Ida Peterson last August, where he was cared for until a couple of days before his death, when he was taken to the hospital.
Funeral services were conducted from the Peet Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Mann Flint officiating.
The songs "Pass Me Not" and "Rock of Ages" were sung by a quartet composed of Edna DeCastro, Neoma Taylor, Donley Unruh and Rex Yocum, with Mrs. J.P. Watson as accompanist on the organ.
The honorary bearers were Ethan Hogg, Christ Ruffing, Oscar Jones and Billy Smith, and the active ones were Roscoe Ross, Ray DeGering, Paul McDaniels, Frank Johnson, Walter Swope and Bob Dixon.
Interment was made in the Lusk Cemetery.
Mr. Barker was the last survivor of an old American family.
He was the son of W.H. and Louisa Barker, and was born in Onondago valley, near Syracuse, New York, on the family homestead, Nov. 14, 1873.
A brother, Judge S. L. Barker, and a sister, Eva, preceded him in death and neither one left any descendants.
When the deceased was ten years of age his family moved west to Chanute, Kansas, and later to St. Louis, where Mr. Barker worked as a brakeman on the railroad for a while and then came further west where he took up life as a cowboy, working on various ranches in Colorado and Utah.
In 1911 he came to Wyoming and settled on Lance Creek, near what is known as the Tim DeVeney place, where he engaged in the raising of livestock and was also postmaster of the old Warren postoffice.
Later Mr. Barker took up a homestead on Spring Creek, 25 miles north of Lance Creek oil fields, where he continued the ranching business for several years and later sold out to O'Shea and Hogan.
His ancestors came to the United States from England prior to 1752 and were among those who fought for independence in the Revolutionary War.
The Barker family were great builders, and his paternal grandfather was one of the contractors in the building of the Erie Canal.
Mr. Barker was a great lover of outdoor life and was known among his friends for his honesty, truthfulness and loyalty. "
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