Walter W. Barnett, hardware dealer at Jamestown, former mayor of that city and formerly and for years a member of the common council, is a native son of Greene county, bom on a farm in Xenia township on March 2, 1877, son of James H. and Martha Ellen (Harper) Barnett, both of whom also were born in this county, and who are still living here. To James H. Barnett and wife twelve children were born, namely: John, who is now living at Xenia; Walter W., the immediate subject of this biographical sketch; Ernest, of Xenia; Mary, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Harry, deceased; Myrtle, of Xenia; Benjamin, deceased; James, of Xenia; Moudy and Clarence, who are now (1918) connected with the National Army, stationed at Camp Sherman, and Henry, of Xenia.

Reared on the home farm, Walter W. Barnett received his schooling in the common schools and for a while after leaving school was engaged in farming. He then became engaged in the lumber business at Jamestown, a member of the firm of Barnett Brothers, and was thus engaged for seven years, at the end of which time he became engaged in the livery business in that town, continuing thus occupied for two years, or until 1910, in which year he bought the Paullin hardware store at Jamestown and has ever since been engaged in the hardware business there. In 1910 Mr. Barnett was his party's nominee for the office of county commissioner from his district. From 1908 to 1912 he served as mayor of his home town and for eight years served as a member of the common council. He is a member of the local lodges of the Free and Accepted Masons, of the Knights of Pythias and of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics at Jamestown.

On January 14, 1904, Walter W. Barnett was united in marriage to Stella Heifner, who also was born in this county, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Early) Heifner, and a sister of Harry N. Heifner, proprietor of the Wickersham House, further mention of whom is made elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Barnett are members of the Friends church.



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