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History of Cambria County, V.2

502 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
fices in the state and national organizations of the Temple of Honor and Sons of Temperance. He was a member of Highland Lodge, No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Summit Lodge, No. 312, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ebensburg; Portage Chapter, No. 195, Royal Arch Masons; Oriental Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar, of Johnstown, and Captain John M. Jones Post, No. 556, Grand Army of the Republic, of Ebensburg, having served in Company E, Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Emergency Troops. Mr. Barker was a member of the Congregational church in Maine, but when he moved to Ebensburg he united with the Presbyterian church. All his life he was active in church and Sunday school work. He was one of the original abolitionists and founders of the Republican party. During his residence in Maine and after he removed to Pennsylvania he assisted many fugitive slaves on their way to Canada. He was a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was nominated for president, and during the life of the latter was on terms of closest intimacy with him. In 1864 he was elected to congress from the district composed of the counties of Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon and Mifflin, over R. L. Johnston, Democrat.
    Mr. Barker was a man with herculean frame and strength, and his powers or endurance at the time he was actively engaged in business were unsurpassed by those of any person known to the people of this region. He retained his strength of mind and body until his death, which occurred March 18, 1898. Among other things then said of him was the following: “Mr. Barker's influence was always exerted for good, his aims were for elevating his fellow men, and as he had great energy he accomplished a wonderful amount of good.” He left ot survive him four sons: Valentine S., Florentine H., Augustine V., and Constantine H., sketches of whom follow.
    Valentine S. Barker, eldest child of Abraham A. and Orsina P. (Little) Barker, was born in Lovell, Maine, August 15, 1843. He was educated in the public schools of his native state and those of Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Union army, in 1862, in Company F, One Hundred and Thirty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for nine months, and served the full term of his enlistment. Then returning to Ebensburg he engaged in mercantile life and continued this, in connection with his father and brothers, up to his death, which occurred April 1, 1906. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and was an elder and the treasurer for many years. He was formerly a Republican but in later years of his life affiliated with the Prohibition party. His fraternal relations were with Summit Lodge, No. 312, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ebensburg; Portage Chapter, No. 195, Royal Arch Masons, of Johnstown; Kedron Commandery, No. 18, of Greensburg; Highland Lodge, No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fel-


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