WILLIAM H. BARRICK, a prominent young business man of Mount Olive, who well deserves a place in this work as one of the progressive citizens of Macoupin county, is a native of Carlinville, born October 17, 1877. He is a son of Charles F. and Martha (Wentworth) Barrick. The father was born in Carlinville in 1839, his parents having arrived in Macoupin county from Kentucky about 1835. He learned the carpenter's trade but the outbreak of the Civil war interfered with his plans and he offered his services to his country, enlisting as a member of a company which was recruited at Carlinville. He then came to Mount Olive and entered the lumber business with which he was prominently identified for sixteen years. In 1897 he moved to Ramsey, and for a year was connected with the hardware business but at the end of that time disposed of his interests and entered the lumber business at Carlinville, in which he was engaged during the remainder of his life. He died in 1908 but his wife is still living and resides in Carlinville. The business which her husband originated is now being conducted by her son Julius. She is well known in the community and is an active member of the Christian church. Mr. Barrick was a prominent supporter of the republican party and although influential in its councils in Macoupin county he never sought the honors or emoluments of public office, preferring to devote his attention to his family and his business affairs.
Mr. Barrick, whose name introduces this sketch, was reared under highly favorable influences for a useful life and was educated in the Mount Olive public and high schools, graduating from the high school in 1897. In the spring of the same year he began the study of pharmacy in the Binney Pharmacy at Mount Olive and in 1901 passed the examination of the state board, receiving a certificate as pharmacist. He has since that time been manager of the Binney Pharmacy, which was established about 1893 by Dr. Binney and A. J. Kopf. After the death of the senior member of the firm Mr. Kopf disposed of his interest to the Binney estate and upon the settlement of the estate the pharmacy became the property of Mrs. Barrick. As he possesses an excellent address and is thoroughly familiar with the business to which he has devoted his best energies, Mr. Barrick has gained many friends and is recognized as one of the broad and progressive men of the community. He is also identified with other branches of business and is a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank, manager of the Mount Olive Ice, Cold Storage & Fuel Company, and is actively interested in the development of the oil deposits in the vicinity of Mount Olive.
On the 20th of January, 1902, Mr. Barrick was married to Miss Margaret Binney, a daughter of Dr. John Binney, who was for twenty-five years a resident of Mount Olive and one of the leading practitioners of Macoupin county. He was a native of this county, and a son of Walter P. Binney, who was born in England and settled on a farm in Staunton township, Macoupin county, about 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Barrick have two children, Grace L. and Binney. Mr. Barrick is not connected with any religious denomination, but his wife is identified with the Methodist Episcopal church and also with the Order of the Eastern Star. He is a member of Staunton Lodge No. 177, A.F. & A.M.; Staunton Chapter No. 227, R.A.M.; and also of Mount Olive Camp No. 888, M.W.A. In politics he is in hearty sympathy with the republican party and is now serving as a member of the town council, being also president of the school board. He finds happiness in his business and his enterprise has brought him gratifying and honorable success; at the same time he has gained the merited confidence and respect of his business associates and all with whom he comes in contact.