Alvin O. Barber1,2

M, b. 20 September 1869, d. before 1898
     Alvin O. Barber was born on 20 September 1869 at Town of Plymouth, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA.3,4,1,2,5 He was the son of James Wesley Barber and Elizabeth Ann Boyer.4 The attached photo shows James, Lizzie, and probably their two oldest boys James Parker and Alvin O., about 1875 in Sheboygan.6

     Alvin O. Barber married Gusta M. Zehr, daughter of Herman Zehr and Mary Wallitzky, on 9 August 1892 at home of Herman Zehr, Town of Cascade, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, at age 22.7,8
     Alvin O. Barber died before 1898 at Iron Mountain, Dickinson, Michigan, USA, killed in a railroad yard at Iron Mountain. He was "caught by a cable and thrown from the top of a car onto the track, and instantly killed. His head was severed from his body, fourteen cars having passed over him. Mr. Barber was twenty..." (cut off.)9,10
Last Edited=16 Jul 2016


  1. [S609] James W. Barber household, 1880 US Census population schedule, Plymouth Twp., Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin, ED 208, sheet 13 (139A) (image 13/30), dwelling 111, family 113. (, 1999), subscription database Roll T9_1447; Family History Film: 1255447.
  2. [S875] Sheboygan County, compiler, Wisconsin, Sheboygan Co. Registration of Marriages (Madison, WI: Wisconsin State Historical Society, various dates), vol. 4, p. 310. Hereinafter cited as Sheboygan Co. marriages.
  3. [S881] Sheboygan County Register of Deeds, compiler, Wisconsin, Sheboygan birth index books (Sheboygan, WI: unpublished, various dates), v. 2, p. 124, #368. This document doesn't have the child's name but the date matches Alvin. Hereinafter cited as WI, Sheboygan birth index.
  4. [S579] James W. Barber household, 1870 US Census population schedule, Plymouth Twp., Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin, sheet 9 (174) (348) (image 9/57), dwelling 66, family 66. (, 2003-), subscription database Roll M593_1740.
  5. [S875] Sheboygan County, Sheboygan Co. marriages, vol. 7, p. 167, no. 998 (state.)
  6. [S1] (Kirkland, WA), by Barbara Zanzig. Collection of Barbara Zanzig (Kirkland, King, Washington, USA), Aug. 2007. Groh & Bros. was in business 1875-1891, per Gene Olafson.
  7. [S875] Sheboygan County, Sheboygan Co. marriages, Barber-Zehr, vol. 4, p. 310 (county); vol. 7, p. 167, no. 998 (state.)
  8. [S769] Wisconsin State Historical Society, compiler, Sheboygan Co., Wis Index to Marriages 2 (Salt Lake City, UT: Family History Library), Alvin O. Barber entry, 9 Aug 1892, vol. 4, p. 310. Hereinafter cited as Sheboygan County Marriage Index.
  9. [S476] "Hold Rites for Mrs. E. Bricker at Glenbeulah," unknown news title, 30 Dec. 1924.
  10. [S894] Barber file, Sheboygan County Historical Research Center (unpublished), miscellaneous clippings, Barber. WI, Sheboygan Historical Research Center, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, newspaper clipping, no name, no date (out of area). Hereinafter cited as Barber file, SCHRC.