Henry W. Barker
From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of
Francis P. Kimball
Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
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.
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
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.
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.
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.