Biography of Henry C. Barton
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Henry C. Barton has for seventeen years been prominently identified with the banking interests of San Leandro and is now manager of the San Leandro branch of the Bank of Italy. His life history exemplifies in a striking manner what may be accomplished by a man who, deprived at an early age of the care and advice of his parents, persistently strives along right lines to better his condition and eventually reaches a place of honor and influence among his fellowmen.

Mr. Barton was born at Willows, Glenn county, California, May 10, 1882, and is a son of Henry C. and Delia (Mecham) Barton, the latter a native of Ireland, brought to this country in young girlhood. The father was born in Ohio and came to California in an early day, here following the carpenter trade. To them were born three children, namely: Henry C., Frank Webster, who is engaged in farming near Anderson, Shasta county, California; and Ruth, who is the wife of G. C. Starkey, of Roseville, California. The mother died when Henry was but five years old, and one year later the father followed her in death.

Henry C. Barton was taken into the home of an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Lutts, of Willows, and was reared on a ranch in Glenn county. He secured hips early education in the public schools of Germantown, now Artois, California, after which he had two and a half years in the high school at Willows. After taking a commercial course in Heald's Business College, in San Francisco, he went lo work as rent clerk for Burnham & Marsh, the largest real estate firm in San Francisco prior to the great fire. He next went to Oakdale, Stanislaus county, where he became bookkeeper for Haslacher & Kahn, private bankers, grain and warehouse men, who at that time owned eighteen warehouses. There he gained valuable experience and remained with that firm until 1906, when he came to San Leandro and went to work as bookkeeper and cashier for the Best Manufacturing Company, with which he remained until 1910, when he engaged in the grocery business on his own account. A year later he sold out and became cashier and office manager for C. L. Best, who had organized the C. L. Best Gas Tractor Company, with a factory at Elmhurst, in which was constructed the first gas track layer tractor. In 1911 Mr. Barton resigned that position and became one of the organizers of the State Bank of San Leandro, of which he was made assistant cashier. This bank was then located in the Daniel Best building, Mr. Best being the founder of the old Best Manufacturing Company. Eventually Mr. Barton was advanced to the position of cashier and proved an important factor in the success of the institution, retaining that position until the bank was sold to the Bank of Italy, in the fall of 1927, at which time he was made manager of this branch, which position he still fills. He is also a director of the San Leandro Investment Company.

In 1918 Mr. Barton was united in marriage to Miss Mayme O'Leary, of Modesto, California, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. O'Leary, both of whom are deceased. Mr. O'Leary was a dealer in coal and wood and was highly respected in his community. Mr. and Mrs. Barton have two children, Frank Daniel and Margaret Jane. In his political views Mr. Barton is a stanch republican and served as city treasurer from 1922 to 1927. He is a member of the Masonic blue lodge in San Leandro, and the Scottish Rite bodies in Oakland. He also belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West and the U. P. E. C., at San Leandro. He is a director of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. A man of unquestioned integrity and great force of character, he commands the confidence and respect of his fellowmen, and is deservedly popular among his associates and acquaintances. He has stood consistently for all that is best in the life of the community, giving his earnest support to all enterprises having for their object the advancement of the general welfare and the progress and development of his city and county.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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