Randolph  County,  Indiana

Harry  E.  Barrett

            One of the best known business men of the younger generation in Union City, Randolph county is Harry E. Barrett, druggist and banker, a man who is deserving of the large success that he has achieved in view of the fact that his life has been above all idle cavil, both from a business and social view point. He is a man of persistent industry, sound judgment and wise foresight and would have no doubt made a success wherever he might have desired to have cast his lot. He is a man of proper public spirit and has done much for the general upbuilding of the city of his residence, being a leader in all movements calculated to result in the general good.
            Mr. Barrett hails from the great Prairie state, his birth having occurred in Hillsborough, Illinois, December 28, 1875. He is a son of Charles E. Barrett, who was born in 1848. He spent his early life in farming and is now living retired in Union City, having accumulated a handsome competency for his old age. He married  Elmaretta S. Sipe, who was born in 1847. The paternal great grandfather, Elisha Barrett, was a pioneer farmer and a neighborhood preacher, going about among the frontiersmen doing such good as he could without thought of compensation. The maternal great grandfather was Henry Sipe, whose wife was Jane Nickey. The maternal grandparents were Alfred J. and Nancy Sipe.
            Two children were born to Charles E. Barrett and wife, namely: Harry E., of this sketch; and Pearl, who married Robert Hill, at Saratoga, Indiana, and he is interested with his father in business.
            Harry E. Barrett was educated in the high school at Ridgeville, Randolph county; Indiana, the family having moved from Illinois to this locality when he was young.
After graduating from the high school he attended the Ridgeville College for three years, making a special study of languages and literature, also mathematics. After leaving college he entered the Atlas Bank of Union City as assistant cashier, and he has virtually spent his active life in the banking business, becoming one of the best known and most influential financiers in this section of the county. On January 1, 1913 he purchased the drug store of  G. Adolph Rosenbush, who met his death in an automobile accident. Since taking over the drug store, he has devoted the major part of his attention to the same with the result that the business doubled the first six months, and he is enjoying a very large trade. He has a neatly kept and well stocked store that would be a credit to any city much larger than Union City. However, he still owns stock in the Atlas Bank and is director in the Permanent Savings & Loan Association of Union City, being treasurer of the same, and is also treasurer of the Federal Club, of which he is a member. He also belongs to the Hoosier Club, of Union City. Fraternally, he is a Mason and also holds membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Politically, he is a Democrat. He owns a fine and valuable farm in Wayne township.
            Mr. Barrett was married December 12, 1900 to Myrtle S. Skiver, who was born in Winchester, Indiana, February 28, 1878. She is a daughter of David S. Skiver, an extensive farmer, who makes a specialty of feeding cattle.
            To our subject and wife one child has been born, Richard A. Barrett, whose birth occurred September 6, 1906.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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