Contributed by: Kathy Sedler



The City Marshal of Fresno, was born in La Fayette County, Missouri, September 5, 1853, where his father, William Barker, died about 1855.  In 1856 Mrs. Barker and children, with her father, Allen Helm, emigrated to California and settled in Merced County, and there young Barker received a very limited education, only attending school during the winter months.  At the age of fourteen years he began earning his own living in herding cattle, and in 1871 he began farming and trading in stock and fattening hogs for the markets.

            Mr. Barker was married in Merced County, in 1876, to Miss Frankie Taylor.  He then settled in Plainsburg, and was elected Constable and was appointed Deputy Sheriff under A. J. Meany, serving in that capacity for four years.  He was also interested in the silver mines at Mammoth City, but the mining was too expensive, so gave that up.  In 1880 Mr. Barker moved to Tulare County and engaged in wheat farming for two years and then came to Fresno and started a dray business, keeping three drays and also running an express wagon, and during 1883 attended to the delivery for Wells, Fargo & Co.  In 1884 he sold out, and was appointed Deputy Sheriff under O. J. Mead, and in 1886 was elected Constable, and in May, 1889, was appointed City Marshal, to fill the unexpired term of J. H. Bartlett.

            Mr. and Mrs. Barker have one child, Elsie, who was born October 31, 1884, and they reside at 1036 M street, where Mr. Barker built his cottage home in 1887.  He is a member of Fresno Lodge, No. 247, F. & A.M., and of Trigo Chapter, No. 99, R.A.M., and of Vineland Lodge, No. 186, Knights of Pythias.


Memorial and Biographical History of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California.

 The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892, p. 791