Niagara County

1897 Biography - Robert Barr

Barr, Robert, was born in the North of Ireland, January 5, 1850, a son of George Barr, now retired. In 1852 George Barr immigrated with his family to America, leaving Robert to complete his education in his native country. The family settled at Buffalo, N. Y., where Robert at the age of thirteen years joined them and remained until 1864, when he removed to Niagara Falls and spent two years in learning the tobacconist's trade. In 1866 he enlisted in the 2d Infantry, U. S. Army, and was sent to Louisville, Ky., where he was stationed for three years. At the expiration of his enlistment he returned to Niagara Falls, and to the tobacconist's trade, which he followed until 1882, at which time he was appointed gate tender of the new Suspension Bridge and held that office for three years. He then, in 1885, enlisted with the 42d Separate Co., N. G. N. Y., as armorer, and still retains that position. In 1871 Mr. Barr married Rachael Goodman, who died in 1879, leaving two children, and in 1880 he married Mary Watts of Niagara Falls and they have one child. Mr. Barr is a member of the Odd Fellows and other organizations and is justly popular among all classes.

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