The late Barney W. Carlos, who for years was a passenger conductor on the division of the Pennsylvania lines between Richmond, Indiana, and Springfield, Ohio, and who died at his home in Xenia on July 28, 1917, was born at Springfield on July 25, 1855, son of Matthew and Bridget (Gaffney) Carlos, both of whom also were born at Springfield, and who spent their last days there. Matthew Carlos was for years an employe of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Springfield, connected with the freight house there. He and his wife were members of the Catholic church and their children were reared in that faith. There were five of these children, of whom the subject of this memorial sketch was the first-born, the others being Matthew, deceased; George, of Springfield; Winnifred, of Columbus, and Bridget, deceased.


Reared at Springfield, Barney W. Carlos received his schooling in the schools of that city and when seventeen years of age became engaged as assistant baggagemaster for the Pennsyhania Railroad Company at that point. He later became a railway brakeman, presently was promoted to the position of conductor of a freight train and in due time was raised to the position of a conductor in the passenger service, a position he filled for sixteen years, during which time he became widely known along the line of the Pennsylvania between Richmond and Springfield. For years Mr. Carlos had made his home in Xenia and there his death occurred on July 28, 1917, he then being three days past sixty-two years of age. He was a member of St. Brigid's Catholic church at Xenia, was affiliated with the local council of the Knights of Columbus there and was for years an active member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Conductors.


Mr. Carlos wai twice married, his first wife having been Julia McDonald, of Xenia. To that union were born two children, James, who married Agnes Wade and is living at Dayton, where he is employed as a locomotive engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad, and Gertrude, who is living at Xenia. Following the death of the mother of these children, Mr. Carlos, on August 12, 1903, married Mary Whalen, who was born at Newport, Kentucky, a daughter of John and Julia (Flynn) Whalen, natives of Ireland, who had come to this country in the days of their youth and were married in Ohio, later moving to Newport, Kentucky, where John Whalen became engaged in the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, later becoming connected with the maintenance department of the road between Cincinnati and Xenia, making his home in Xenia in 1898. He died in that city on December 3, 1903. and his widow is still living there. They were members of the Catholic church and their children were brought up adherents of that faith. Of these children Mrs. Carlos was the eldest, the others being John, James (deceased), Patrick, Arthur, Catherine, Margaret and Anna. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Carlos has continued to make her home at Xenia. She is a member of St. Brigid's Catholic church.

 

From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918