Biography of James K. Barker
Erie County, PA Biographies

James K. Barker, a dependable and well known citizen of Erie, where he is connected with the General Electric Company as chief clerk, is a member of a pioneer family of Erie County. He was born in this city, Jan. 22, 1889, and is the son of William W. and Evelyn (Staley) Barker.

William W. Baker was a native of Duncannon, Pa., and his wife was born at Harmarville, Pa. He was an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad for many years and died March 1, 1909. His wife lives, at 2222 Myrtle Street, with her son, James K. To Mr. and Mrs. Barker were born four children, namely: Mayme, married Charles Kline, lives at Canton, Ohio; Joseph, lives in Erie; W. W., married Dorothy Stablein, lives in Erie; and James K., the subject of this sketch..

After completing his schooling in the public schools of Erie, James K. Barker engaged in office work, He has been in the employ of the General Electric Company for a number of years and holds a responsible position.

Mr. Barker was united in marriage with Miss Florence L. Taylor, of Erie, and they have two children: Marian Virginia, born May 7, 1915; and Mildred O., born Jan. 1, 1917.

Mr. Barker is identified with Presque Isle 'Commandery No, 499, Knights of Malta, and is recorder of the order, having been elected to the office in 1916. He is also past commander of the lodge. He is grand sentinel of the Grand Lodge of the State of Pennsylvania and is the only member in this section of the state holding a grand office, to which he was appointed at Maryland, in May, 1924. During the last two sessions he was a delegate to the Grand Lodge. He is secretary of the Board of Directors of the Malta Temple Association. Mr. Barker is also a member of Presque Isle lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows No. 7.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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