Biography of Florentine F. Barker
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Florentine H. Barker, deceased, was a representative citizen of Ebensburg, and a member of a family that has been prominently identified with the history of Cambria County. He was born at Center Lovell, Maine, Feb. 8, 1847, the son of Hon. Abraham A. and Orsina P. (Little) Barker.

Hon. Abraham A. tarker, the founder of the mercantile and lumber business conducted by Barker Bros., was born at Lovell, Oxford County, Maine, March 30, 1816. He came of Puritan stock and his ancestors were among the first immigrants. In 1854 he removed to Carroll Township, Cambria County, attracted by the oak timber there. He was a pioneer in the lumber business in this section and engaged in the mercantile business and the manufacture of pine and hemlock lumber. He conducted his various business enterprises with great success and in 1866, with his son, Florentine H., organized the firm of A. A. Barker & Son. In 1879 Mr. Barker retired and died in 1898. To Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Barker were born four sons: Florentine H., the subject of this sketch; Valentine S., who died in 1906; Augustine V., lives at Bradentown, Fla.; and Constantine H., who died in 1924.

Florentine H. Barker received his education in the common schools and at the early age of 15 years enlisted in Company E, Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia. Two years later he enlisted in Company C, Two Hundred Ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served with the rank of corporal until the close of the war. He was in active service in the Eighteenth Army Corps under Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, in the Anny of the James, and in the Ninth Army Corps under General Parke, in the Army of the Potomac.

At the close of the war, upon his return home, he became associated with his father in the mercantile and lumber business in Ebensburg. Besides these extensive business interests, Mr. Barker was president of the F. H. Barker Lumber Company of Barnesboro. He was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Ebensburg and served as one of its directors until his death, Jan. 11, 1921.

On Feb. 8, 1870, Mr. Barker was united in marriage with Miss Maggie A. Zahm, the daughter of George C. K. and Eliza (Wherry) Zahm, of Ebensburg. Mrs. Barker died June 26, 1926. They had one son, Dr. Olin A., born Jan. 14, 1872. He was graduated from Lafayette College in 1895, and in 1898 received his degree as Doctor of Medicine from the tniverstfy of Pennsylvania. He spent two years in study in Europe and specializes in the treatment of diseases of the eye, with offices in Johnstown.

Mr. Barker was a member and trustee of the Presbyterian Church and also connected with the following fraternal orders: Summit Lodge No. 312, F. and A. M., Ebensburg; Portage Chapter No. 195, Royal Arch Masons, of Johnstown; Kedron Commandery No. 18, of Greensburg; Highland Lodge No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Ebensburg; and Capt. John M. Jones Post No. 556, Grand Army of the Republic, Ebensburg.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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