The late George R. Bargdill, for years a merchant at Jamestown, who recently died at his home in that village and whose widow is still living there, was a native son of Greene county and had spent the greater part of his life here. He was born on a farm in Silvercreek township on April 13, 1862, son of Cyrus and Harriet (Spahr) Bargdill, both of whom also were born in this county and who spent all their lives here.

Cyrus Bargdill was bom on September 7, 1829, and grew up on a farm, becoming a farmer on his own account in Silvercreek township, where he established his home after his marriage and where he died on December 3, 1865. His widow moved to Jamestown with her children after the death of her husband and there spent the rest of her life, her death occurring on June 28, 1912. She was born, Harriet Spahr, December 5, 1830. To Cyrus Bargdill and wife were born two children, the subject of this memorial sketch having had a sister, Margaret, born on September 3, 1858, who married William F. McMillan and who died in August, 1885.

George R. Bargdill was but three years of age when his father died and he grew up at Jamestown, to which village his mother moved after the death of her husband. Upon completing the course in the grade schools there he became employed at the postoffice and after a while transferred his services to the dry-goods store of M. O. Adams, where he remained until the early '90s, when he moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and there became connected with the wholesale millinery establishment of J. A. Armstrong, continuing that connection for six years, at the end of which time he returned to Jamestown and bought the dry-goods store of Alexander & Spahr. He carried on that business for eighteen years, or until in September, 1916, when he sold the store to L. S. Farquahar & Company and retired from active business. He and his wife spent the succeeding winter in Florida, the condition of Mr. Burgdill's health requiring a change, but he received no permanent benefit from the change and upon his return to his home in Jamestown continued to decline and died there on December 15, 1917, he then being in the fifty-sixth year of his age. Mr. Bargdill was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Jamestown, as is his widow, and had for years been an office bearer in the church, a member of the official board and of the board of trustees.

On July 22, 1885, George R. Bargdill was united in marriage to Carrie Neiberger, who was born in the neighboring county of Madison, a daughtcof Dr. J. A. and Caroline (Moss) Neiberger. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Bargdill continues to make her home at Jamestown.

 

 

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