Biography of T. R. Barnes
North Central Ohio Biographies

T. R. Barnes. An able business man and a citizen of broad public spirit, T. R. Barnes has been a notable figure in the life and affairs of Mansfield. He was born near Salem, in Mahoning County, Ohio, on a farm, the son of R. A. and Avarilla Ann (Gilbert) Barnes.

R. A. Barnes was born in Maryland, as was his wife. They came to Ohio in 1858 and settled on a farm near Salem. T. R. Barnes received a public school education and came to Mansfield when he was 21 years of age. For four years he was an employe of the Adams Express Company, and then became secretary of the Humphrey Manufacturing Company, a concern which engaged in the manufacture of pumps. While there Mr. Barnes acquired a practical knowledge of pump manufacture and with that experience and some capital he became interested in the promotion of the Barnes Manufacturing Company in 1895. He is chairman of the board of directors.

The Barnes Manufacturing Company was organized with a capital stock of $100,000. The industry has grown and steadily prospered, and in 1920 the capital was increased to $500,000. From the beginning Mr. Barnes had been secretary and general manager, and at the date of its reorganization he was made chairman of the board of directors. C. Gorman is president.

The Barnes Manufacturing Company is a concern that has had much to do with making Mansfield known to the outside world as a source of manufactured products. Its output consists of house and farm pumps, hand and power pumps of all kinds, pumps operated by electric and gas power, and pumping machinery for oil wells and highway road construction. A few years ago a line of portable power pumping units was added for contractors' uses. The company also manufactures sanitary porcelain enamel ware.

In its early history the company employed about 50 men, as compared with its present pay roll of 250. The plant and equipment represent an investment of approximately $700,000.

Mr. Barnes has been connected with a number of Mansfield's progressive institutions. He is a director of the Mansfield Savings & Trust Company, director of the Mansfield Wire Spoke Company, director and president of the Buckeye Tempered Copper & Brass Company, director of the Superior Brass Company, vice president and director of the Citizens Savings & Loan Company, director of the Richland Mutual Insurance Company, director of Memorial Park and chairman of the Board of the Conservancy District. He is also director in the Mansfield-Leland Hotel. He has been a contributor to all worthy public causes and acted as chairman of the Community Chest during the World War.

Mr. Barnes married Miss Lida R. Scott, the daughter of George Scott, a veteran employe of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have a daughter, Ruth, who is the wife of James C. Gorman. He is a graduate of Lehigh University, and is president of the Barnes Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Gorman is a graduate of Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and is prominently identified with social work in Mansfield.

Mr. Barnes is a member of the county executive committee of the Republican party, is past president of the City Club, and for six years was a member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Church. He also has served as a member of the city council. He belongs to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. & A. M.; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M.; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M.; Mansfield Commandery, K. T. No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32d degree; and Al Koran Temple; and Jesters of Cleveland. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Barnes recently built an attractive home on Woodlawn Road, just within the city limits of Mansfield. His beautiful flower gardens are a source of much pride and pleasure to Mr. Barnes.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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