Henry W. Barker

From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of Empire, 1942
Francis P. Kimball


Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin


Since 1925. Henry W. Barker has served as commissioner of welfare and superintendent of the Greene County Home. He is a well-known resident of Greene County and has been active for many years in its life.

Born at Saugerties on August 12, 1868, Mr. Barker is a son of Samuel Ransom and Mary (Fiero) Barker, both born in Ulster County. His father was a teacher in the district schools all his life.  Educated in local public schools and at Saugerties Free Academy, Mr. Barker was reared on a farm and has followed the farmerís vocation all his life.  He has also been active in the carpenterís trade.  An interest in public affairs has marked his career and brought him eventually into the sphere of public service.  As superintendent of the Greene County Home and commissioner of welfare since 1925 he has administered his responsibilities in a matter reflecting high credit upon the qualifications he brings to his office and the industry and loyalty with which he has devoted himself to his tasks.

Mr. Barker is a member of the New York State Department of Social Welfare. He is past superintendent of Highways for the town of Greenville, a position he filled for four years, and as a present resident of the town of Cairo he is active in its civic life, as well as in the general affairs of the county. For some years he has been a director of the Cairo National Bank. Mr. Barker is a member of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce and is affiliated fraternally with the Free and Accepted Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Royal Arcanum.  In  the Masonic Order he is a member of Greenville Lodge, Greenville Royal Arch Chapter and Catskill Council, Royal and Select Masters.  He is a Republican in politics and a member of the Baptist Church of Greenville Center, but attends the Methodist Church in Cairo.

On December 24, 1917, Henry W. Barker married Sarah E. Brouillard, nee Walters, of Cairo, daughter of Enoch Walters. They are the parents of one daughter, Laura May, who attended local schools and became a graduated nurse. She is now assistant superintendent of the Greene County Memorial Hospital. 

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