Biography of Frank Barber
Mahoning County, OH Biographies





FRANK BARBER, president of the board of trustees of Goshen township, is proprietor of Fruit Hill Farm, which is situated in section 22, and is one of the representative farmers, stock raisers and fruit growers of this part of Mahoning County. He was born on the farm where he now lives in Goshen township, Mahoning County, Ohio, Septembersr 26, 1854, and is a son of John and Nancy (Venable) Barber.

The parents of Mr. Barber were natives of Goshen township, but the paternal grandfather, Jacob Barber, was born in New Jersey and accompanied his parents at a very early day, to Salem, Ohio, settling in that vicinity about 1810. Later, Jacob Barber came to Mahoning County and secured 160 acres of Government land, on which he erected a log cabin in the forest, where he engaged in clearing and developing his property until within a few years of his death, when he moved to near Salem. His son, John Barber, spent the greater part of his life on this same farm, but he also moved to near Salem, in his later years, where he died in 1892.

Frank Barber was reared on the farm in Goshen township and attended the district schools, after which he learned the carpenter trade and worked at the same for a number of years. For eight years he was a member of the Youngstown Paving Brick Company, an incorporated organization, and during this time he was local manager of the plant, at Beloit, Ohio, residing at that point for that length of time. Mr. Barber owns a good farm of eighty two acres and devotes twenty five of these to apple orchards, giving special attention to growing the Baldwin variety, and since 1893 he has been engaged in storing and shipping apples, at Salem. His land seems particularly well adapted to the growing of fruit and his apple crop is abundant, close study and care having made Mr. Barber well acquainted with the treatment necessary to ensure success in this industry. Blossoming time on Fruit Hill Farm is only equalled in beauty by fruitage time in the autumn. He owns also a farm of seventy acres situated in Berlin township, and is justly considered one of the substantial men of this section.

On October 6, 1875, Mr. Barber was married to Sarah A. Cronick, who was born in Berlin township, and is a daughter of Michael Cronick. They have two children, namely: Nora, who married Rev. J. A. James, residing at Limestone, Pennsylvania, where he is pastor of the Presbyterian Church; and Homer F., residing in Smith township, Mahoning County.

Politically Mr. Barber is a Republican, and since 1903 he has been serving as township trustee and now fills the responsible position of president of the board. He is a member of Amity Lodge, No. 124, Odd Fellows, at Salem.


From:
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897


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