Biography of Howard W. Barr
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HOWARD WILLIAM BARR.
Howard William Barr, head of the Barr Ice Cream Company of Vallejo and recognized as one of the most enterprising and energetic young men of that city, is a native son of California and all his life has been spent in this state, a resident of Vallejo since the days of his infancy. He was born in the city of San Francisco on February 20, 1895, and is a son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Croker) Barr, who are now living in Vallejo. Andrew Barr was born in England and was ten years of age when he came to this country with his parents. As a young man he enlisted for service in the United States navy and continued in that service for sixteen years or until his marriage. He then took service in the Mare Island navy yard and in the middle '90s established his home at Vallejo, continuing active in the operations of the navy yard until an accident befell him while helping in the emplacement of the guns on the Monodnock, and he has since been living retired.

Reared at Vallejo, Howard W. Barr had his schooling in the schools of that city and as a young man became engaged in the operations of the navy yard, going in as a coppersmith, and was thus engaged for eleven years or until in 1915 when he established a plant on Sonoma street and became engaged in the manufacture of ice cream, developing there a business which, operated now as the Barr Ice Cream Company, is the chief supply agency for ice cream and kindred delicacies on this side of the bay. The business which Mr. Barr started on Sonoma street grew to such proportions that new and more commodious quarters became necessary and it was then that the present modern and admirably equipped plant of the Barr Ice Cream Company was erected at the corner of Louisiana and Napa streets, a plant in which more than fifty thousand dollars has been invested and which is now supplying the trade throughout the fine trade area centering in Vallejo, the popularity of the Barr products having created for them a wide demand. This plant is equipped in a thoroughly up to date fashion, its operations carried on with the strictest regard to sanitary and hygienic requirements, and its products have the well earned favor of discriminating buyers throughout this whole region.

Howard W. Barr married Miss Dollie Anderson, who was born in the city of Chicago but who was reared at Napa, a resident of California since the days of her childhood, and they have two children, a daughter, Miriam, and a son, Billie. Mr. and Mrs. Barr have a pleasant home at Vallejo and take an interested and helpful part in the city's general social activities. Mr. Barr is a member of the Masonic fraternity, has attained to the encampment degree in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is also affiliated with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Woodmen of the World, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the U. P. E. C. and the Sciots. He has long been recognized as one of the most ardent baseball "fans" in this section, a promoter of clean athletic sports in all forms, and is one of the projectors and proprietors of the boxing arena that was erected at Vallejo in 1925. He and his wife are republicans and take a proper interest in the city's general civic affairs.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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