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Destiny brought to Mr. Barfoot an identification with and a knowledge of three centuries. Concerning these he has only vague and indistinct memories of the first, England, where he was born in 1834 and whence he was taken to Canada at an age ere he had been trained to habits of close observation. When seven years old he began his sojourn in Canada and there he passed the years of boyhood and youth, there he married Miss Ellen Jordan, and there he took upon himself the responsibilities incident to the maintenance of a family. The third and last country of his residence and the land of his permanent citizenship was the United States, where he engaged in farming near Whitewater, Wis., and devoted the years of his strength and activity to the securing of a competency. During his residence there he accomplished much for the benefit of the community, for in his citizenship he avoided selfishness but labored for the general welfare of all. By experience he became thoroughly conversant with the best methods of conducting a farm. Intelligent oversight was responsible for the uniformly excellent crops that he secured from the cultivation of the soil. Eventually, desiring to enter upon an old age of comfort and relaxation from farm cares, he disposed of his property in Wisconsin and with his wife removed to Sacramento in 1903, joining some of their family in this city, where six years later he was deeply bereaved by the death of his wife, the devoted counselor of his days of labor and the beloved companion of his later years of tranquil retirement.

There were nine children in the family of Spencer and Ellen Barfoot and all are living except a son, Frederick. They are named as follows: John, Frank, Will, Ebenezer, Earl E., Morley, Archie and Grace. Fair common-school educations were given to the sons and daughter in their childhood and they have become substantial citizens of their chosen communities. All are married with the exception of Earl E. and Archie and they reside with their father at No. 3716 Magnolia street. The latter son is employed by the Southern Pacific Company, while Earl E., who came to California during 1895 and for four years remained in the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, after a subsequent visit at the old Wisconsin home, returned to embark in the hardware business in Sacramento. About 1911 he became interested in the poultry business and since then he has become a specialist with pure-bred chickens. While he favors Republican principles in national issues, he gives his support in local campaigns to the men whom he considers best qualified for the offices in question. With his father and brother he contributes toward the maintenance of worthy civic enterprises and exhibits a public spirit that never has been questioned. It is to the citizenship of such patriotic and progressive men that Sacramento is indebted for her past progress and present standing.


History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011