Cleveland L. Barkman, postmaster of Osborn, was born in Greene county on May 31, 1885, son of J. H. and Mary Barkman, both of whom were born in Montgomery county, and who were married there. Some years after his marriage J. H. Barkman moved to the village of Osborn, where he has since resided, for years one of the business men of that town. He was for some time engaged in the grocery and agricultural-implement business, was also for some years manager for the Ohio Whip Company at Osborn and for seme time served as president of the Osborn Bank. To him and his wife were born four children, the subject of this sketch, the third in order of birth, having two brothers, D. Claude and John, and a sister, Stella, wife of C. C. Huntington.

Reared at Osborn, Cleveland L. Barkman was graduated from the high school there and for a year thereafter was located at Columbus. He then became engaged in farming in this county, but not long afterward returned to Osborn and became there engaged in business, continuing thus engaged until his appointment on October 21, 1913, as postmaster of Osborn, but he did not take charge until January 1, 1914. Mr. Barkman is a Democrat and for some time previous to his appointment as postmaster served as town clerk.

On April 28, 1909, Mr. Barkman was united in marriage to Fern Young, daughter of Charles Young, of Clark county, Ohio, and to this union two children have been born, Marcella and Dotty Gene. Mr. and Mrs. Barkman are members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Barkman is a member of the local lodges of the Knights of Pythias, the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Woodmen of the World.


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