Bio: Barr, Ira C. (History - 1842)

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----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, published by The Lewis Publishing Co., 1891, Pages 191 and 192:

IRA C. BARR, a blacksmith of Longwood, Clark County, Wisconsin was born in Zorra, Oxford County, Ontario, August 16, 1842, the son of George (deceased) and Martha (Richardson) Barr, the former a native of New York State, and the latter of Ontario. The father was a farmer by occupation, and was taken by his parents to Ontario when two years old. They had nine children, six of whom survive: Ira, Esther, Annie, Caleb, Abraham and Ransler.

The subject of this sketch was reared to farm life, and received his education in the common schools of his native county, where he also learned his trade when a young man. He removed to Lapeer County, Michigan, in January, 1865, where, and at other points in the same State, he lived several years, working in the saw-mills in the summer, and n the blacksmith ships in winter. He came to Greenwood, this county, in 1878, and remained until 1886, and that year removed to Longwood, where he has since followed his trade. He also owns four and a half acres of land in this place.

Mr. Barr was married November 11, 1870, to Charlotte Fusee, born August 10, 1848, the daughter of Anthony and Louisa (McNally) Fusee, the former a native of Paris, France, and the latter of Lower Canada. They were the parents of thirteen children eleven of whom still survive, viz.: Sarah, Louis, Charles, Mary, Charlotte, Adelia, James, Frank, Jane, Jeanette and Emma. The two deceased, Margaret and Melissa, had married, and left families. The father left his native country when fourteen years of age and settled in Lower Canada. He now resides in Fargo, Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Barr had seven children, four of whom are now living: Anthony, George, Jessie and Albert. Socially Mr. Barr is a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity, and politically a Republican. Both himself and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.



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