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George W. & Fidelio E. Barnard
Obituary for
George W. & Fidelio E. Barnard
Submitted by: Debby Cook

The Mulhall Enterprise
Friday, July 26, 1901

A Tribute to George W. and Fidelio E. Barnard
Sons of Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Barnard
Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Barnard, of Mulhall township, Logan county, Oklahoma, have been especially unfortunate in the death of two of their sons Fidello and George W., during the present month of July.
George W. was born in Laporte county, Indiana, on the 11th day of October, 1850, and died on his farm near Mulhall, O.T., on the 13th day of July, 1901, of cancer of the stomach resulting from an injury received in the spring of 1900. He never paid much attention to his injury at first, and considered it but trifling, but after a time the injury seemed to increase, and he began to take medical treatment which did him but little good apparently. During the time he visited the hospital at St. Joseph, Mo., where he was told that his case was hopeless. He came back to his home and family, resigned to his fate and to the will of his Maker, to die. He was patient to the last, never once complaining of his unfortunate condition, but resigned himself to God with true Christian fortitude, dying with the hope of his meeting his friends and loved ones beyond this land of sickness and sorrow.
During his childhood he attended the common schools of Laporte county, Indiana, and later on the high school at Westville, Indiana. In 1867, with his father's family he moved to Kansas City, Mo., and later his father moved to Labette and Elk counties, Kansas, where the family resided until the year 1889, when he moved to Oklahoma. He settled upon the northwest quarter of section 28, in Orlando township, Logan county, where he improved and developed a splendid country home surrounded by all the comforts of life, a happy family and intelligent, kind neighbors.
Mr. Barnard was married to Miss Celeste Richardson at Oswego, Kansas, February 27, 18--. Of this union, three sons and four daughters mourn his loss, besides his sorrowing helpmate who had helped him to build up a pleasant home after suffering from the many hardships incident to the settling a barren homestead in a new country. He was followed to his last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends in the neighborhood burying ground west of Pleasant Valley school house, in his home school district. For some years Mr. Barnard had been a member of the Evangelical Association, and had lived a faithful Christian Peace to his ashes.
Fidello E. was born in Laporte county, Indiana, June 6, 1858. Like his brother, George, he attended the common schools of the place of his birth, and in Kansas where his father afterwards moved. Later he attended the high schools of Belleville, Illinois. On the 23rd of May, 1881, he left the parental roof to try his fortune in the great West. He went to Denver, Colorado, where he worked for awhile, and afterwards he went to Elizabeth, Colorado, where he engaged in farming. Buying a good farm near Elizabeth, he was one of the successful farmers of that country for several years. Being a cripple and finding the work of a farmer too laborious, he sold his farm and took a position at a good salary in a mercantile establishment at Victor, where he resided with his family until about two years ago. He left that place and moved to Florence, Colorado, where he resided until his death of July 1, 1901.
Dell, as he was familiarly called by his father's family, came east in July, 1899, with his family to his parent's home, to attend a family reunion, where all the living members met and had a genuine love feast and a most enjoyable time. The father significantly remarked to them at that time to remember "that perhaps this was the last time they would all likely meet again." Strange to say that Fidello was afflicted in exactly the same way as his brother, cancer of the stomach, produced from an injury received in a lumber yard in January, 1900. Also like his brother, he was not inclined to pay much attention to his injury, and for some months attended to his duties at his daily avocations until the pain became so aggravating he could no longer go about, when he took to his bed for about four months when he appeared better, and then he felt well enough to work again. He resumed his place in the store for about four months until the malady again increased so as to confined again to his bed for the last time, about two months until his death.
Dell was married to Miss Minnie Arnold at Victor, Colo., in the year 1893. Besides his wife he leaves three children, two sons and a daughter, and a large family of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in the burying ground at, or near, Florence, Colorado.
While the hand of affliction has rested heavily upon the sorrowing members of the two bereaved families, their father, mother, sister and brothers, it is yet left to them to live and comfort each other and their friends, and when that great day shall come, when parting shall be no more, may they meet around the great white throne of God in heaven where parting shall be no more, to share the blessings of life eternal.
Our dear ones have left us,
Their loss we deeply feel.
But it is God was has bereft us;
He will all our sorrows heal.

Mulhall, O.T., July 22, 1901.

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