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Submitted Sep 2010 by Ronald Cannon, MA



Homer P. Barton, October1846 ME-10 August 1927
Co. A, (Sharpshooter Battalion) 20 ME Inf.
Little River Cemetery
Pension No. 864,121

“TAPS” SOUND FOR CIVIL WAR VETERAN – HOMER BARTON PASSES AWAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS – After a brave fight of some weeks, Homer P. Barton passed away Wednesday morning at the home of his son in this place. Mr. Barton had been ailing for several months and returned here from Healdsburg about two months ago to be under the care of Dr. Preston, who had been his physician for many years. Advanced years and a complication of maladies were more than his weakened system could combat, and for some days prior to his death it was known that he could not recover. His daughter, Mrs. W.B. Coombs, acme up from Healdsburg several weeks ago to be with him and care for him, and he passed away surrounded by all the members of his family, except his granddaughter, Mrs. Wilsey, who could not well leave her home in Aberdeen, Washington. He was quite reconciled to go and faced the end with that brave undaunted spirit that had characterized his life.

Homer Barton was one of the best liked men that ever came to this coast[.] Men who worked with him in the pioneer day logging operations refer with pleasure to their early acquaintanceship with him and often speak of his unfailing good nature and high spirits. In the later years here during which he conducted a dairy and made his own deliveries a greater part of the time, he came in contact with many people and he won their general esteem and regard. His passing will be mourned by a very large circle.

Mr. Barton was a native of Windsor, Maine, and would have been eighty years of age had he lived until next October. He entered the Union Army at the age of 16, enlisting in the 20th Maine Infantry and served through the war. Following its close he came to California in 1867, locating first for a short time in Alameda county. After a short residence there he came to this coast and went to Caspar. With woods experience gained in his native state, he readily found employment in the logging woods of that company, and he followed the avocation of teamster for many years when logs were moved with eight and ten yoke of cattle and when the post was a decidedly important one in logging operations, only second to that of camp boss, and many later had charge of camps, Mr. Barton among them, serving in this capacity on the Navarro. After a period at Caspar, Mr. Barton went to work on the Noyo for that pioneer logging contractor, who died many years ago, Capt. Fred Brown. Mr. Brown was operating at Albion at the time and Mr. Barton shortly went to the Albion woods to take charge of a team there. His long woods experience included employment for most of the companies of that day, including the one at this place. He dis his last logging at Whitesboro, when that was a thriving mill town. Here he entered the hotel business which he conducted successfully for a number of years.

In 1892 he purchased what is now the well-known Barton ranch, located between Mendocino and Little River, and this he successfully farmed for many years, engaging principally in dairying. He temporarily gave up ranch life during the Alaska gold excitement to make a trip north to that territory and he and his son spent two seasons there. Returning, he continued with his farm until about seven years ago when he leased his ranch for a time and later sold it. Since then he has returned [sic] from active work and has made his home the greater part of the time with his daughter, Mrs. W.B. Coombs, first at Albion and later at Geyersville [sic] and Healdsburg, but he has made frequent visits with his son. 

Mr. Barton is survived by his son James A. Barton, of this place; his daughter, Mrs. W.B. Coombs, of Healdsburg; two brothers, Fred Barton, of Eureka, and Sumner Barton, of Maine; and one sister, Mrs. Angie Trowant, also of Maine. He also leaves three nephews, Homer Barton, of Fort Bragg, Barton and Malcom Coombs of Healdsburg, and one niece, Mrs. Claire Coombs Wilsey, of Aberdeen, Washington. His wife preceeded him to the grave some eighteen years ago.

Funeral services were held from the home of his son at Mendocino Friday at 2:30. Rev. Howard of Albion, officiating and itterment [sic] was in Little River cemetery under the direction of Mr. Cannarr. Taps were sounded at the grave by A.G. Stone. A large number of old friends were present to pay their last respects to the departed. Mendocino Beacon 13 August 1927.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River Township, ED 64, p. 286-D (stamped), dwelling 187, family 192, Homer P Barton; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River Township, ED 58, p. 83-A (stamped), sheet 2, dwelling 40, family 40, Homer P Barton; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 88.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River Township, ED 67, p. 44-B (stamped), sheet 23, dwelling 68, family 68, Homer Barton; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 93.