John E. Barnes
Logansport Pharos-Reporter THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 1914
JOHN E. BARNES ENDED HIS CAREER AT 1:30 P.M. TODAY
DEATH PUTS PERIOD TO CAREER THAT WAS FILLED WITH MANFOLD LABORS.
NAME BUILT INTO STRUCTURE
Was a Native of England and Came with His Parents to Logansport When Town Was But a Village
John E. Barnes, contractor and builder, known to perhaps nearly every mature citizen of Logansport
and Cass county, died this afternoon at 1:30 at his residence, corner Plum and Front streets, aged seventy-three
years, death being due to a complication of diseases incident to old age.
For some time Mr. Barnes had been in poor health, the general breakdown developing as a res ult of a light stroke
of apoplexy sustained somewhat more than a year ago. He was able to be over to the city a few days ago, but
was feeble, and his death came today as a peacef ul ending to a marvellously clean and usef ul life. He passed
away, surrounded by his wife and children, a fitting close to a life which has but devoted to these who watched
the spark of life flicker and finally cease to be.
Not many days since Mr. Barnes and the wife of his youth and the mother of his children, celebrated quietly
at their home on the West Side, their golden weddlng anniversary, and friends remembered them with many
messages of friendship and congrat ulation, and great masses of fragrant flowers, proof of the general love in
which they were held by all. John E. Barnes was a native of England, being born in that country September
8, 1841 and was the Thomas and Ann (Bearne) son of Barnes, who came with their family to America in 1853,
settling at Brooklyn. N. Y.
One year later. In November. 1854. Thomas Barnes and his family rernovod to Logansport, Ind., and the
subject of this article thus became early identified with the affairs of Logansport, where he has resided almost
continuously, his trade of brick mason and contractor, bringing him in constant touch with matters of a public
nature, as a res ult of which his name is built into the very structure of Logansport and vicinity.
For eleven years he was associated with the late John Medland in the oldfirm of Medland & Barnes, which firm
nrnong other buildings, constructed the present Casa county court house the First Presbyterian church and
numerous_other public buildings and school houses.
At the dissolution of the old firm Mr. Barnes and his sons were associated in business, constructing among
other buildings of note, the Carnegie library, the rebuilding of the First Presbyterian church which was destroyed
by fire; the high school building at Seventh and Broadway; several of the buildings of the famous Culver Military Academy on the shores of Lake Maxlnkuckee. and others which can not here be named.
For many years Mr. Barnes was one of the strong men of the Republican party of the city, and served the
oity conscientiously and well as member of the city council and trustee of the water works.
in the year 1864, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth J. Bates and to the union eight children were
born, six of whom, with the mother survive and are now residents of Logansport: Mrs. Clara A. Funk,
Charles H.. W. W. Curry. James I., Benjamin F. and George W. Barnes.
Mr. Barnes was a member of the F. & A. M., the I. O. O. F. and has been president of the Odd Fellows Hall association
and of the Home for the Friendless. He was one of the oldest members of the Unlversalist church in this city.
John E. Barnes was a man of absolute Integrity and stainless reputation and character; of the type of man
whose residence brings honor to any community.
Logansport Pharos-Reporter TUESDAY, FERBUARY 9, 1915.
Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes, widow of the late John E. Barnes, died this afternoon about half past one, at her
home on Front street. She had been seriously ill for the last three weeks and no hope was extended from the
first for her recovery. Mrs. Barnes was seventy one years old last Thanksgiving and has spent her entire
life in and neaii Loganaport. She was a very well known woman in the city both for her goodness and philanthrophy,
and the city will be minus a spendid character with the passing away of this admirable woman. She
is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clara Funk, and five sons, Charles H., W. Clay, James I., Benjamin F., and
George, all of this city, with the exception of Clay Barnes, who is a resident of Marion. Mrs. Barnes only
outlived her husband six months. They had spent a long and happy life together.
Logansport Journal-Tribune WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 10,1915
Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes, 71 years of age, died yesterday .afternoon at 1:30 at her home In Front street. Deceased
was the widow .of the late John E. Barnes, whose death, occurred about six months ago. She bad been ill for
the last three weeks with lagrippe. She rallied from the disease but did not have sufficient strength to build up
her lost vitality.
Deceased was one of the pioneer residents of Logansport, having spent her entire life in'and about the city.
Her generosity and philanthropy were known throughout the city and county. She was amiable and kindly, in
dispoisition and her death removes, an exemplary character.
Five sons; Charles H. Barnes, W. Clay Barnes, James I. Barnes, Benjamin F. Barnes, and George Barnes,
and-one daughter, Mrs. George Funk, all of this city, survive her.
One of the last requests made by Mrs. Barnes was that friends be requested to send no flowers.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the residence, conducted by the Rev. Carpenter, of
the First Universalist church. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.
Logansport Pharos-Reporter WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10,1915, Thursday, February 11, 1915
The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Barnes will be held Friday afternoon at 2::30 from the residence. 600 nt street, conducted by Rev. John
R. Carpenter of the First Universalist church. Burial will take place in Mt. Hope cemetery. It was the requestof Mrs. Barnes just before
her death that the friends send no flowers.