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THE WESTERN STAR, 12 June 1914
Volney Barber Dead

At 6:15 o'clock p.m. last Wednesday, June 10, 1914, the spirit of Volney Barber, passed into the Great Beyond. He died at his home in this city.
For several months he had been in failing health but for only a couple of weeks before his death had he been confined to his bed. He had lived to the advanced age of 81 years, 10 months and 2 days.

Deceased was born on August 8, 1832, in Sheldon, Wyoming-co., N. Y. At the age of 11, he moved with his parents to Lake-co., Ill., and in that state he continued to live until a few years ago when he moved to this city. For many years he was a prominent business man in Decatur, Ill. He devoted considerable time to stock raising and had extensive interests in Illinois, Kansas and other states.

In the early days of Comanche-co., he invested in considerable land and for several years was a partner of
John E. Todd in the land and cattle business. About three years ago he became the chief owner of the Coldwater Telephone Co., and made extensive improvements on the system. In connection with the well
equipped telephone office in this city he built a good home, and he and his family continued to make their home here.

Mr. Barber, was married twice - first, on April 15, 1867, to Miss Cleora Rugg. To this union six sons were born, four of whom are now living. Walter O. Barber, one of the sons, has been making his home in this county. Mr. Barber's first wife having died several years ago, on September 16, 1903, he was married to Mrs. Lee Q. Hoff, who survives him. Mrs. Barber's son.
Raymond Hoff, and her niece, Miss Ruth O'Banion, make their home in this city.

Throughout the many years of Mr. Barber's active business life he displayed unusual abilities and the strictest intergrity as a business man. He was successful in nearly all his business ventures, and this fact was due to his keen insight into the best business methods and the systematic and honorable way in which he conducted all his business affairs. He was a value citizen to any community, and was held in high esteem by those who knew him.

Mr. Barber had been a member of the Masonic lodge for many years, and that order will have charge of the funeral services which will be conducted from the Presbyterian church this (Friday) afternoon at 4 o'clock. The Masons will have charge of the burial services at the
Coldwater cemetery. By the death of Mr. Barber the community is deprived of one of its honored citizens and the wife and family of a devoted husband and father. To them, words of sincere sympathy is expressed by all.

Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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