7 April 1881 William Barker set apart as an LDS Missionary

Barker, William b. 1833 portrait

Soon after WILLIAM BARKER arrived in Mound Fort he was placed in the Sunday School as superintendent, until he was called on a mission to the state of Minnesota, for which field of labor he left on the 19th of April, 1881.

While on his mission he stayed quite a bit with his sister, Matilda, who had not joined the church. She was married to a man named Alonzo Jenks. She said he was always welcome to stay there, but she didn’t want to hear anything about Mormonism. Her sons were very prominent lawyers at Darlington, Wisconsin.

At one time while on this mission, he and his companion were holding a meeting. After the meeting something seemed to tell him not to step straight out into the yard, but cling close to the house. He did this, going along close to the house and out sidewise. His companion followed him, not knowing the reason, but afterwards they learned that some men had spread a rope lasso in front of the door, and were going to catch them and drag them off into the river.

He was called home on account of the death of his son, Albert, on October 23, 1881. His older son, William Frederick, had died two years previously of the same disease, typhoid fever and pneumonia. His daughter, Nora, also had it but recovered.

After coming home he was again called into the Sunday School as assistant to Thomas D. Deed,in which position he labored until he moved to Pleasant View after nine years. While living in Mound Fort he was sent for many times, even in the night, too go to North Ogden, to administer to the sick. He was a man of great faith.

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