It is not only as a prosperous agriculturist, but also as a business man and citizen, that John H. Barnes is known to the community of North Monroeville, Oxford Township, where he has spent practically all his life. The Barnes family has been identified with that community nearly seventy years, and all the various members have been noted for hardworking ability and shrewd business judgment.
Born at North Monroeville November 18, 1855, John H. Barnes is a son of Walter S. and Alma (Hoyt) Barnes. His father was born at Geuverneur, New York, and the mothers was also a native of that state, her father, John Hoyt, having served as a soldier in the War of 1812. The Barnes family is of English origin. Walter A. Barnes came out to Erie County about 1846 with a brother, Norman, and both settled at North Monroeville, where Walter conducted one of the old time taverns or hotels for a short time, but later engaged in farming, a business which was his primary vocation throughout his life. His brother Norman was for a few years a harnessmaker at North Monroeville, but later became will known as a buyer and shipper of live stock at Bellevue, Ohio, where he is still living, at the venerable age of ninety-one years. Walter S. Barnes died May 12, 1897. While his activities as a farmer brought him considerable success, he is also known in a public way, and served a number of years as trustee of Oxford township and at one time held the position of justice of the peace. He was a republican in politics and was one of the best citizens Oxford Township ever clamed.
John H. Barnes, who is the only on now living of the six children of his parents, was reared to man's estate in North Monroeville and his education in the public schools there was supplemented by one years attendance at Oberlin Collage. Since the age of twenty he has been on his own responsibilities and has been able to provide liberally for the needs of his family and acquire an enviable position in the community.
On September 18, 1878, Mr. Barnes married Miss Ella Fisher, who was born in Huron County, Ohio, a daughter of Moses Fisher, long identified with the farming interest of that county. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Barnes, two of home died in infancy. Alma is the wife of George Strecker, of Bellevue, Ohio; Issa May is the wife of Harry Bounds, also of Bellevue; while Eunice and Lois are both at home in North Monroeville.
As a agriculturist Mr. Barns owns and directs the operations over 100 acres of land in Oxford Township, and also has sixty-one acres in Huron County. Among other interests, he is connected with the Strecker Implement Company, Incorporated, at Bellevue. This company handles farm implements, Studebaker automobiles, and all machinery used in the agricultural community surrounding Bellevue. Politically, Mr. Barnes has always supported the republican party. His own service includes an active participation in local school affairs, and for a number of years he has been a member of the North Monroeville School District Board, and a portion of the time was president of the board. He is a member of the Congregational Church of North Monroeville, and has always stood for the best things in community life.
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio, Published 1916