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Thomas Orin Barker
BORN: 6 Sep 1852 DIED: 26 Jun 1901 BURIED: 27 Jun 1901
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Carriage painter, real estate
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon

Rigdon Records, Bk 1, #15: T. O. Barker, d. June 25 , 1901, age 48, burial in IOOF cemetery.
IOOF - T. O. Barker, age 50, death caused by accident, died in Salem hospital, "deceased was well and favorably known as a good and estimable citizen & worker in Odd Fellowship".
1900 OR CENSUS - T. O. Barker, b. Sep 1852, age 47, single, b. Oregon.
Marion Co., PROBATE File #371: William S. Barker: Thomas O. Barker was named as an heir in his father's probate; Funeral ordered by C. C. Barker.

"Thomas O. Barker, an enterprising business man and a native son of the city of Salem, Oregon, was born September 6, 1852. His father, William S. Barker, was a native of Massachusetts, and removed from that State to Burlington, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Miss Amelia A. Davidson, a native of Iowa, whose ancestors were Tennesseeans of Scotch and German extraction: the Barker family is of English and French origin. William S. Barker crossed the plains to Oregon in 1847, and located at Salem, where he engaged in the furniture business; he was the pioneer dealer in the city, and met with satisfactory success. He has had five children, all of whom are living. Thomas O. was the second born. He attended the common schools of the city, and was also a student at the University. When he had finished his studies he learned the painters' trade which he followed twenty years, the latter part of this period being devoted almost exclusively to carriage painting.
In 1890, when the Willamette Investment Company was formed, he became an active member and one of the managers, R. P. Boise, Jr., being his associate in this position. Their office is 270 Commercial street, Salem, Oregon, and they transact a real-estate, investment, insurance and passenger-ticket business; they represent the Northern Insurance Company of London, the Oakland Home of California, the Hamburg-Magdeburg of Hamburg, the Scottish Union and National, the German-American of New York and several first-class corporations; in their ticket agency they represent the Union Pacific Railroad Company. They are business men of superior qualifications, of the highest honor and integrity.
Mr. Barker is a member of the I.O.O.F., in all its branches, and represented the Grand Lodge of Oregon in the Sovereigh Grand Lodge of the United States eight consecutive times." 
An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon By Rev. H. K. Hines, Lewis, 1893, p. 707-08

One of Salem’s Leading and Most Honorable Citizens has Passed Away.
Succumbed to the Shock Following the Amputation - Died Peacefully at Noon Yesterday .
The Funeral Will be Held Today T. 
Orin Barker, who submitted to an amputation of the right leg at the Salem Hospital on Tuesday evening, notice of which appeared in yesterday’s Statesman, did not survive the shock to his system, and, after fighting for life bravely for eighteen hours, he expired at 1 p.m. yesterday. 
The end came peacefully, and the dying man was surrounded by a brother, a sister and one nurse when the spirit winged its flight to its maker, leaving the badly battered earthly casket - all that was mortal of T. O. Barker - to be lovingly laid to rest in the grave by the devoted hands of his "fraters" and life long friends and associates. Mr. Barker did not recover from the shock of the operation as was hoped, although everything possible was done to preserve life in him, he failed steadily. Early yesterday his brother, Charles C. Barker, and other relatives arrived, and spent sometime at his bedside. To his brother Charles, at 9 o’clock, the patient remarked that he would not recover. He asked to see the amputated limb, and when his brother, in gentle terms, informed him that it were better if he did not see the mangled member, he did not renew the request. Soon after this his mind began to wander, and when, at 11 o’clock, his sister, Mrs. Jerry Caldwell, and his oldest brother, W. J. Barker, arrived at the hospital, he scarcely recognized them, from that time on he sand fast, until, at 1 p.m., he calmly and apparently painlessly, breathed his last. 
When the news of Mrs. Barker’s death spread throughout the city, the expressions of grief were universal, and all classes of citizens expressed their sorrow at the loss of a man who was looked upon as a model citizen, a man of the highest honor and integrity, and a true friend and brother. The members of Chemeketa Lodge No. 1, I.O.O.F., of which deceased was an honored member, at the request of the family, took charge of the remains, removed them to the undertaking parlors of Rigdon & Clough, where they were prepared for burial and encased in a handsome black cloth-covered casket, and later removed them to the Odd Fellows’ hall, where they are now lying in state, with a guard of honor, composed of local Odd Fellows, watching by the side of his coffin. Chemeketa Lodge No.1 met in regular session at their hall last night, when steps were taken toward arranging for the funeral. An earnest request was sent to J. H. Nelson, Grand Master, of McMinnville, to take charge of the funeral ceremonies today. Grand Patriarch T. F. Ryan, of Oregon City, will also be at the burial of his predecessor in his high office. A committee was appointed to wait upon Rev. P. S. Knight, a life long friend of deceased, and one of the oldest Odd Fellows of Salem, and invite him to conduct the funeral service in the hall, at 2:30 today, the lodge to take charge immediately after. A committee was appointed to suitably drape the hall, and another to secure and arrange floral decorations. This latter committee is anxious to have all the members of Salem Rebekah Lodge No. 1 to assist in arranging the floral decorations, and to bring all the flowers they have and this committee would be pleased to meet the ladies at the Odd Fellows’ hall at 10 o’clock this morning. A committee, consisting of H. T. Rigdon, Tilmon Ford and W. D. Claggett was appointed to draft suitable resolutions of respect and report to the lodge. The lodges have provided cars for the members of the different orders and the friends of the deceased. Pallbearers have been appointed from among the brethren as follows: W. G. Westacott, Clarence Hamilton, M. L. Chamberlin, A. N. Moores, W. Holmes, C. L. McNary, L. B. Geer, Dr. L. F. Griffith. Webster Holmes, C. L. McNary, Harley White and W. G. Westacott were the members who watched beside the remains last night. 
Thomas Orin Barker was born at the corner of Liberty and Chemeketa streets, Salem, Oregon, September 6, 1852, and lived in this city all his life. He was education in the public schools and in Willamette University, and learned the carriage painters’ trade, following it successfully for twenty years. During the past ten years he was engaged in the real estate and loan business, being associated with R. P. Boise, Jr. Since the erection of the Odd Fellows’ Temple he was local manager of Cordray’s New Grand Opera House in the Temple. 
He was a life long and faithful Odd Fellow, and lived up to the principles of this order. He was initiated September 22, 1873, in Anniversary Lodge, No. 13 [consolidated with Chemeketa Lodge, No. 1, April 28, 1887], just 16 days after arriving at his majority; served as secretary for the term ending June 30, 1875; (The article continues on by listing each office he held in the Odd Fellows, including Encampment degrees, and Grand Patriarch in 1900). In just recognition of his knowledge of the Encampment ritual he was unanimously elected to every office in the Grand Encampment. Brother Barker is recognized as an authority on the unwritten work of all branches of the order. He was initiated in Salem Rebekah Lodge No. 1, on June 3, 1901, being the last initiate in that lodge. 
Deceased leaves to mourn his untimely and sad demise, his mother, Mrs. A. A. Barker, of Portland; one sister, Mrs. Jerry Caldwell, of Portland; and three brothers, W. J. Barker, of Airlie, A. E. Barker, of Gervais, and C. C. Barker, of Portland, all of whom are here to pay the last sad tribute of love to their departed son and brother. Mr. Barker was never married. The funeral services will be held in the Odd Fellows’ Hall at 2:30 p.m. today, and burial will be had in Rural cemetery. 
Oregon Statesman 27 June 1901 1:5,6
T. Orin Barker 
Sept. 6, 1852 
June 26, 1901 

[I.O.O.F. symbol on marker]
IOOF Register of Burials 
Rigdon Records, Bk 1, #15
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., ED 133, Sheet 5B) 
DAR pg 33 
OS 27 June 1901 1:5,6
Hines, Rev. H. K., 1893, p. 707-08
LOT: 410 SPACE: 4 NW LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.180' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.830'

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