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Notes for Harlow BARNUM


In 1873, at the age of 20, he traveled in a covered wagon from Iowa to Cloud County, Kansas. He homesteaded the farm there, which he and his family farmed for many years.

In the 1940 US Census for Corozal, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, Harlow Barnum was enumerated as widowed and living with his daughter Lillian and son-in-law Otto Parker.
From the Glasco Sun, Sept. 13, 1945, page 3: Harlow Barnum, son of Sally and Harlow Barnum, Sr., was born in Clayton County, Iowa, Jan. 15, 1853, and departed this life at Fullerton, California, Sept. 3, 1945. Age 92 years, 7 months, and 19 days. In the fall of 1873 he drove a covered wagon to Kansas, stopping first in Solomon Township and later spending his first winter with friends at Delphos. The next year he took his homestead in Summit Township which he still owned and called home until the end. He was the last male survivor of the homesteaders of Summit Township. In 1878 he was married to Ida Jones, who passed away in 1885. To this union three children were born, two who died in infancy, and Ida Barnum Kappel, who passed away in August 1917. In 1887 he was married to Margaret E. Brown. To this union three children were born, Estella Barnum Shelly and Lillian Barnum Parker of Fullerton, California, and Robert L. Barnum of the home, all of whom, together with seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends remain to mourn his passing. His wife, Margaret, preceded him in death Jan. 7, 1915. Since that time he has made his home most of the time with his children, first in Denver, then Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas City and California. Early in 1928 he went to the Canal Zone, Panama, to make his home with his daughter, Lillian, where he remained for twelve years with the exception of two extended visits home. In the spring of 1940 he came home and later went to California where he spent his last years with his daughters, Estella and Lillian, after her return from Panama. He united with the Highland Baptist church soon after its organization and for many years was a faithful leader in both Sunday School and church. He lived to the end a shining example of a true Christian life. He has lived a full life. He lived a complete life. Through his childhood, during the Civil War days, through his pioneer days on the farm, through the time he traveled much and had time for leisure, he has seen advancements such as few have ever lived to witness. Through it all he has had an abundance of the things that make life full and worthwhile. He has lived a complete life, in that he died as he had lived, undaunted and unafraid. Funeral services were held at the Highland Methodist church, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, 1945, the Rev. R.R. Braddick of Glasco officiating. Interment was at Highland cemetery.
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