Biography of Wilbur A. Barry
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Wilbur A. Barry, mortician, is among the substantial and highly esteemed business men of Joliet. He was born in this city, April 13, 1882, the son of Patrick H. and Sarah J. (Neville) Barry.

Patrick H. Barry, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born at Newry, Ireland, Jan. 1, 1835, and died April 19, 1915. His widow was born at Canton, Ill., Jan. 26, 1849, and resides at Joliet. Mr. Barry came to the United States from Ireland in 1851 and settled in Virginia. Later he removed to Canton, Ill., making the trip by horse and wagon. Throughout the Civil War he served as a member of Company K, 103rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg and was with Gen. Sherman on his March to the Sea. After his discharge from the service Mr. Barry returned to Canton, Ill., where he was married. He then removed to Joliet, where he was employed as a guard at the Illinois State Penitentiary for almost 30 years. He then went with the Chicago & Alton Railroad and was also later employed by the Santa Fe. Later, however, he returned to his former employment at the penitentiary, at Joliet. Mr. Barry was a Republican, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Barry: Wilbur A., the subject of this sketch; and Arthur M., identified with the Barry Audit Company, Joliet.

Wilbur A. Barry has always lived at Joliet. After his graduation from St. Mary's High School, he became associated with the Barrett Hardware Company, in whose employ he remained as shipping clerk for nine years. He spent the following 12 years as manager of the mill and factory supply department of Poehner & Dillman, hardware dealers. He then purchased the interests of John F. Quinn in the undertaking firm of Quinn & O'Neill, the firm then being known for six years as O'Neill & Barry. At this time the business was dissolved and Mr. Barry became owner. It is now known as the Central Funeral Chapel and is located at 651 Cass Street.

On Feb. 8, 1908, Mr. Barry was united in marriage with Miss Alice E. Bayley, a daughter of Henry and Mary (Connor) Bayley, natives of Lockport, Ill. Mr. Bayley, who died Sept. 12, 1922, was an engineer on the Illinois Michigan Canal, and later superintendent of the water works at Lockport. His widow resides at Lockport. Alice E. (Bayley) Barry died Oct. 12, 1922, and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Joliet. She is survived by a son, William H., who was born Feb. 19, 1915.

Mr. Barry is a Democrat, a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and is affiliated with the Knights of. Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Holy Name Society, and F. O. Eagles, Ariel No. 377. He is vitally interested in the Boy Scout movement and takes an active part in the local organization's work.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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