Henry Barker d. 18 February 1918 Obituary, North Ogden, Utah

Henry Barker is the brother of my 2nd Great-grandfather, William Barker.

Barker, Henry Obit 1918

Henry Barker, Sr., is laid at rest in North Ogden

He died 18 Feb 1918.

The funeral of Henry Barker, Sr., was held yesterday in the North Ogden meeting House. The hall was not large enough to accommodate the huge crowd of acquaintances, friends and mourners which turned out to respect the memory of the pioneer. The high priest quorum of the North Ogden Ward attended the funeral in a body, leading the funeral cartege from the home to the chapel and from the chapel to the cemetery.

The speakers were Elder George Brown, David I. Tracy, invocation, President Thomas E. McKay?, of the Ogden Stake, Frederick E. Barker of Salt Lake City, Patriarch James Ward and John Gibson, The benediction was pronounced by Principal Owen E. Beal of Weber College and Prof. James L. Barker, a son of the deceased dedicated the grave. The music was furnished as follows: “When First the Glorious Light of Truth” and “Resting Now From Care and Sorrow,” mixed double quartet: “O My Father” and “Nearer My God to Thee”, a quartet composed of Arthur G. Berrett, Charles Storey, T. B. Storey and William M. Ellis; solos “I know that My Redeemer Lives: and “Hand in Hand,” Aldous Dixon.

Born in New York

Henry Barker, Sr., was the son of Frederick and Ann Blygh Barker and was born at Watertown, Jefferson County, N. Y., Oct 6, 1840. His parents, with four children, Matilda, Mary Ann, James and Sarah, also Frederick’s brother George and family sailed from England March 23.1830, in the “New Brunswick,” an old English war vessel, equipped with armament. They landed at Staten Island June 23, and soon afterward located at Le Raysville, Jefferson County, N. Y.

After four or five years, they moved to Watertown. At LaRaysville? the children, William and Harriet, were born, and at Watertown, Jane, Henry and Byron. Early in the 40?s the two families were converted to the gospel through the efforts of Dimick Huntington, Benjamin Brown, Jesse W. Crosby and Thomas Dutcher and joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Henry was baptized by Elder Grover about 1850.

Start West

In the spring of 1845 the Barkers left New York for the west, stopped at Indian Prairie, now Lebanon, Ia., for three years, obtaining means and provisions to equip them for their journey to the “valleys of the mountains.”

They moved from Lebanon in the spring 1849, arrived at Council Bluffs Rhee’s 50 and David Moore’s 10, 205 souls, 65 wagons, 292 oxen, 127 cows, 21 horses, and 148 sheep. They arrived at Salt Lake City Oct 20. And at Brown’s Fort (now Ogden) Oct. 24, locating for the winter on th north side of the junction of the Ogden and Weber rivers. In the spring, they moved into Farr’s fort. They were among the first families in Ogden.

Mrs. Barker was the daughter of Pierre Jean Stalle and Marie Jeanne Gaudin. She was born at Boule Coste, near Prarustin, Piedmont, Italy, and was a pioneer to Utah in 1856. She crossed the plains in the first handcart company, in charge of Edmond Ellsworth. The left Iowa City June 9. This company and one under Daniel D. McArthur?, which started on the 11th, arrived at Salt Lake City, Friday, Sept. 26. They were met and welcomed by the First Presidency of the church, a brass band, a company of lancers and a large concourse of people. When they started both companies contained 497 souls, with 100 handcarts, 5 wagons, 24 oxen and 25 tents.

North Ogden Builder

Mr. Barker was one of the builders of North Ogden and Weber county and a strength to the community, having filled many positions of honor and trust. His wife, one brother, Byron Barker of Willard, Utah, two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Chase of Ogden, and Mrs. Jane Durfee of Idaho, with the following children survive him: Mrs. Emma Wheeler of Curlew, Idaho, Henry, Jr., of Ogden, principal of the North Ogden Ward; James Louis, professor of modern languages in the University of Utah; William Nathan, president of the YMMIA of the North Ogden Ward; Mrs. Ann Frances Clifford of North Ogden and Mrs. Lilly May Richards of Ogden.

In 1858 the family moved south at the time of the coming of Johnson’s army, going as far south as Summit Creek, not Santaquin.

When Henry was 18 years of age, he moved with his father to North Ogden. The young man purchased the present family homestead, then known at the “Rice” farm and following his wedding, Nov. 30, 1867, to Marguarite Stalle, established his own home there. The homestead has been to the family home ever since.

In 1866, Mr. Barker was called to go on a mission to the Missouri river to bring emigrants to Utah. He also made two trips to Montana as a freighter, in 1863 and 1864, hauling supplies to the mines, from Weber county, mainly farm produce. He was a member of the North Ogden Elder’s quorum presidency for many years and also was active in the Sunday school. At the time of his demise he was a member of the high priests quorum of the Ogden stake.

He was keenly interested in all sports, and, until middle life, played baseball, wrestled, and ran footraces. He remained always enthusiastic supporter of athletics.

Barker, Henry b. 1840 d. 1918Barker, Henry & Margaret Family abt 1917.jpg

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