Biography of A. J. Barker
Tipton County, IN Biographies





Dr. A. J. BARKER (deceased), one of the leading physicians, not only of Tipton County, but of this part of the State, was born in Baxter County, W. Va., March the 1st, 1840. At an early age, he removed to Washington Court House, Ohio, and thence to Tipton, in 1860, where he resided until his death. His education was such as the meager course of study presented by the frontier school afforded. In his youth, he learned the trade of a harness maker, and pursued that calling until after he had attained to manhood. While working at this trade, during intervals of leisure, he applied himself to the study of medicine. In the winter of 1866-67, he attended a course of lectures at the Cincinnati Medical College, and, returning to Tipton, entered at once upon the practice of his profession. He was very successful, and in the winter of 1875-76, after several years' practice, he completed his professional education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Indianapolis. At the time of his death, he was the possessor of a large and lucrative practice and a handsome property, principally in real estate. The library left at his death is regarded by his brother physicians as one of the finest collections of medical and scientific works in the county. in the spring of 1863, he was married to Josephine Parker, eldest daughter of Dr. Isaac Parker, and by whom he was the father of five children, viz.: Nellie, Nettie and Blanche, who are living, and Lorena, who died in infancy, and an infant son, who died at birth. In the winter of 1881-82, he was seized with an attack of typhoid fever; from this he partially recovered, only to be seized by that dread enemy of his family, consumption. Under this he rapidly failed, and with a mind clear to the last, and a courage that defied the destroyer, he sank peacefully to rest February 4, 1883, at the age of forty three. His remains were interred with Masonic honors, of which fraternity he was a prominent member, in Fairview Cemetery. His life was an exemphfication of what may be accomplished by self denial, industry and a determined will.

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


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