GEORGE T. BARNES, son of Gordon and Esther A. (Tate) Barnes, was born in Montgomery, Orange County. He attended
school but a short period and in 1881 began his apprenticeship as a tinsmith and plumber, serving seven years.
He was employed several years at Middletown by the late George A. Swaim and has resided in Newburgh since 1889.
In 1892 he established his present business as a contractor for plumbing, ventilating, steam and hot water heating.
Mr. Barnes has given a great deal of study to the most improved and economical systems of heating and ventilating
large buildings and his plans have been accepted and installed in many of the palatial homes in the Hudson Valley,
Long Island, and Rhode Island. Among the important plants he has equipped may be mentioned those of the Light,
Heat and Power Companies of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, the Chatham, Coxsackie and Rhinebeck electrical stations,
and he now has the contract for heating the United States Government buildings at West Point, N. Y. Mr. Barnes's
success may be attributed to his close attention to business and fulfilling his contracts to the letter. From a
humble beginning he has built up a business in the space of fifteen years, exceeding all others in his line in
Orange County. His show rooms at 107 Broadway will compare favorably with any in New York State. In 1895 he married
Miss Cory, of Rhode Island, and one daughter has been born to them.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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