Salem News Jan. 9, 1930
CHARLES AMBROSE BARKER
The many friends of Charles A. Barker were saddened to learn of his death which occurred at his home in Jackson township on Dec. 31, 1929. Hewas a son of Henry C. and Belle Short Barker, and was born in Jackson township, Henry county, Iowa, August 15 ,1874. Practically his entire life was spent on the farm where he died. He leaves to mourn his passing, his devoted wife, Ellen Collins Barker, to whom he was wedded Nov. 12, 1907; two sons, Dale Collins and Joe Wendell; his aged mother, Mrs. Belle Barker; five sisters, Dr. Carolyn, Fort Dodge, Ia.; Dollie, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. W .C. Bartlett, Donnellson, Ia.; Mrs. H. L. Johnson, Eldon ,Ia.; and Mrs. Roy Erickson, Fargo, N. Dak.; two brothers, Dr.O. A. Barker, Dubuque, Ia.; and Harrison H. Barker, Detroit; besides many other relatives and friends.
Knowing that he could not recover he often expressed a desire thathe might not live to be a burden on his family ,and in many ways planned for their welfare, and was always ambitious for their future.
His family are doubly saddened at this time because of the illness of his mother who is past eighty years of age, who suffered a severe strokeof apoplexy last August and is at present confined in St. Joseph's sanitarium in Dubuque.
Funeral services were very largely attended despite the unfavorable condition of the roads; they were held in the First Baptist church, Mt. Pleasant, at 1:30 on Thursday afternoon. Pastor Frank Weston was in charge, and spoke from Psalm 4:8, "I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for thou Lord not only makest me dwell in safety." Mrs. U. S.G. Williams, Mrs. Linnie Coleman, Mr. Will Evans and pastor Weston, with Mrs. Catherine Noble as accompanist, sang "Come, Ye Disconsolate" 'Rock of Ages' and "Nearer, My God, to Thee." Many beautiful flowers covered the casket. At the request of deceased his old neighbors and friends, A. L. Myers, Will Short, Asa Short, Asa Bruge, Owen Hourihan and Hugh Denney, bore his remains to their last resting place in Forest Home cemetery.
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