Biography of Prof. John W. Barnes
Howard County, IN Biographies





PROF. JOHN W. BARNES, Superintendent of Schools of Howard County, is a native of Highland County, Ohio, born in 1847. He is the son of William W. and Eliza J. (Littler) Barnes, natives respectively of Connecticut and Ohio. John W. received a good education, attending the common schools until 1864; when, a youth of sixteen, he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Forty ninth Ohio Volunteers, and served as a private four months, when he received an honorable discharge. With his regiment he participated in the battle of Monocacy Junction, Md. In the fall of 1864, his parents removed to Howard County, settling in a log cabin in Howard Township. Here, for two years, he was an assistant of his father in the saw mill and lumber business. He commenced teaching in Howard County in a log schoolhouse in Howard Township, and followed this occupation until the spring of 1869, when he entered Asbury University, located at Greencastle, graduating in the classical department in 1874. Upon his return to his home, his health being impaired, he assumed the management of his father's farm, conducting it two years. He then resumed teaching, having charge of a school in Ervin Township one term, subsequently becoming Principal of the High School of Greentown. In May, 1878, he was elected Superintendent of Schools of the county, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Milton Garrigus, who had been elected to the State Senate, and this position he has retained since, filling the office with ability and to the. satisfaction of the people. During his term of service, he has elevated the schools of the county to a superior grade; has adopted the system of paying teachers according to the general average of the grade of license, and has established a system of according diplomas of merit to proficient teachers. Prof. Barnes is one of the leading Republicans of the county, and has served as Chairman of the County Central Committee. He was one of the Board of Examiners, held at Marion, to select a cadet, for the cadetship at West Point. He is a Mason, and belongs to Uniform Rank, No. 6, K. of P. Prof. Barnes was united in marriage, January 10, 1879, with Miss Wyoma A. Brandon, daughter of C. C. and Nancy (Woods) Brandon, of Kokomo. Mrs. Barnes is a highly accomplished lady, and prior to her marriage was a teacher in the public schools of Kokomo.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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