Biography of Rev. Joseph Barth
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Rev. Joseph Barth, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Palestine, is among Columbiana County's highly esteemed and prominent citizens. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 6, 1861, the son of John and Anne (Wirth) Barth.

John Barth was a merchant tailor and died near Sharpsburg, Pa., Aug. 15, 1872. His wife died at Herman, Pa., June 24, 1916. They had five children as follows: Mary, a schoolteacher; Barbara, deceased; Joseph, the subject of this sketch; John, who died while studying for the priesthood; and Austin, who is connected with the Crucible Steel Company, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Rev. Joseph Barth spent his boyhood in Pittsburgh and received his early education there. He was ordained in Paris, France, Nov. 1, 1887, and after 12 years missionary work, was appointed pastor of St. Mary's Church, East Palestine, Dec. 7, 1900.

St. Mary's Church was founded and built by the Rev. Clement Treiber, now of Canton, in 1880-81. Since that time it has been extensively remodeled and the present parsonage was erected in 1904. A great sum of money has been spent in beautifying the parish property and cemetery, and the parish is without debt.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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