Charles Howard Barnaby
Charles Howard Barnaby born December 21, 1870 Bourbon, Marshall county, Indiana, son of Howard Barnaby
and Rachel Votaw
married October 30, 1895 Bess Robbins
Charles Howard Barnaby Jr Birth 17 AUG 1906 Indiana Death MAY 1979 Greencastle, Putnam, Indiana married
Cora Catharine Failey Birth 19 AUG 1908 Illinois Death 6 FEB 1963 Houston, Harris, Texas daughter of
Malby Rollin 'Mal' Failey and Laura Elizabeth Cox
The record of Charles H. Barnaby is that of an enterprising gentleman who worthily upholds an honored family name
and whose life has been very intimately associated with the material prosperity of Putnam county during the most
progressive period of its history. He has always be found on the right side of questions looking to development of
his community in any way, and while he has been prominent in the industrial affairs of the county, he has at the
same time won an enviable reputation for honesty and wholesome living. He is widely known as a lumber dealer -
one of the largest, in fact, in this locality, maintaining at Green Castle an extensive yard and his office is always a
Mr. Barnaby was born in Bourbon, Marshall county, Indiana, December 21, 1870.
His father, long a well known and influential man of this county, was Howard Barnaby, a native of Salem, Ohio, who
came to Indiana in the early sixties,locating in Bourbon. He engaged in the lumber and sawmill business, having been
associated with a company owning several mills, and in the late seventies, owing to the scarcity of timber, this
company located one of its mills in Owen county, and in the spring of 1882 Mr. Barnaby moved his family to
Greencastle that they might be close to him. In 1883 he moved the mill from Owen to Putnam county and he
continued to operate the same here until his death in July 1887, at the age of fifty-five years having been born in
1832. He was a successful business man and honorable in his dealings, provided his family with all the comforts of a
good home and leaving them a competency. After his death, Charles H. and Elmer E. Barnaby, his sons, took up the
milling business. In the spring of 1898, Charles H. purchased the other's interest and carried on the work in a very
successful manner, having mastered all the details of the lumber and milling business under his father, who was during
his career here one of the best known men in thisline in Putnam and adjoining counties.
The mother of Charles H. Barnaby was known in her maidenhood as Rachel Votaw, born and reared near Salem, Ohio,
the Votaw family having been prominent there for many years. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnaby,
named as follows: Dr. Emma is living at Greencastle; Elmer E. is engaged in the lumber business at Charleston, Missouri;
Lorena died in 1888; Cora is the wife of g. W. DeLanoy, of New York City; Lonie married E. Parsons and is living in
Philadelphia; Charles H. of this review; Mary married W. F. VanLoan, of Dayton, Ohio; Darwin S. lives in Greencastle. The
first child born to these parents died in infancy. The mother passed to her rest in 1897, at the age of fifty-eight years,
having been born in 1839. The Barnaby family goes back to English ancestry on the paternal side and to French ancestry
of the maternal side. Stephen Barnaby, grandfather of Charles H. Barnaby, was a native of Pennsylvania who settled in
Salem, Ohio, where he followed his trade of wagon making.
Charles H. Barnaby was eleven years old when his parents brought him from Marshall county, Indiana to Greencastle. He
was educated in the public schools at Bourbon and Greencastle and he began his commercial career when only sixteen
years of age on account of his father's death. In July 1887, he formed a partnership with his brother, as already
indicated, and he has continued to deal in lumber ever since. The plant was destroyed by fire ten years ago, but was
replaced, better and more extensive than ever, the entire plant now covering about twenty-five acres, and is known as
one of the largest manufactures of hardwood lumber in this part of the state; the plant also turns out high grade veneer
work, operating a band sawmill which saws from fifteen thousand to twenty thousand feet of lumber daily. To supply this
large quantity of lags are drawn from a radius of fifty miles of Greencastle. Lumber is marketed in Germany and as far west
as San Francisco; a large export trade is carried on in both Germany and England.
Mr. Barnaby was for three years president of the Indiana Hardwood Lumberman's Association, during which the association
thrived and accomplished many important things. He is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, being a
member of the executive committee and is a member of the executive committee of the National Wholesale Lumber
Dealer's Association, the National Veneer and Panel Association, the Indiana Retail Lumber Association, and he takes a very
active part in all accusation work and is prominent in lumber circles throughout the United States.
The domestic chapter in Mr. Barnaby's life began on October 30, 1895 when he married Bess Robbins, a lady of culture and
refinement of Louisville, Kentucky, the representative of an excellent old Southern family. She was born, reared and educated
in that city. Three interesting children have graced this union, namely: Dorothea, aged twelve; Howard, aged nine and Charles
H. Jr. aged three.
Mrs. Barnaby is a member of the Episcopal church. Fraternally Mr. Barnaby is a Mason and a member of the Knights of Phythias.
He is a Republican in politics, but he does not fine time to take a very active part; however, he is deeply interested in whatever
tends to the general uplift of his community. Personally he is genial, jolly, a good mixer, gentlemanly and straightforward in all his
dealings with his fellow men. He occupies a conspicuous place among the leading men of Putnam county and enjoys the
confidence and esteem of all who knew him. His record demonstrates that where there is a will there is a way and that obstacles
to success may be overcome by courage and self-reliance. His career, though strenuous, has bee fraught with good to his fellow
men, and his example is cordially commended to the youth of the land whose life works are yet matters for the future to
Mr. and Mrs. Barnaby have so attractive and modern home which is frequently the gathering place for many warm friends
of the family who never fail to find here genuine hospitality and good cheer.
Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1910, pg. 277-9