EARL BARR AND
GLADYS RUFF-BARR FAMILY
Please send photo!
Earl Joseph Barr was born to Charles Thomas Barr and Harriette C. Thompson-Barr on Christmas day in 1904 Saline County, Missouri. He grew up on the family farm with five brothers and five sisters. Technology had been progressing wildly since the turn of the century. The year Earl was born, the Wright Brothers' flying machine was still in its early stages of production, Henry Ford set the land speed record of 91 miles an hour, US Army engineers had begun work on the Panama Canal, and the GWR 3440 City of Truro becomes the first railway locomotive to exceed 100 mph. Republican incumbent Theodore Roosevelt defeated Democrat Alton B. Parker to remain President in 1904, and the first New Year's Eve celebration was held in Times Square in New York a week after Earl was born.
Earl married his bride Gladys Ruff (born three years his younger on January 19, 1907), daughter of Nathan Norris Ruff and Minnie Louetta Coultas-Ruff, in their rural Saline County home. The two held their nuptuals on August 5th, 1937, with Reverend Eugene O'Neill officiating at the Shackelford Catholic Church.
The two would have four children of their own , and would raise their family in Missouri. As was becoming more common in that generation, a few of their children would migrate to the cities away from the farming community that they grew up in, to pursue other careers.
Earl J. Barr died June 07, 1989 in Marshall, Missouri, and Glady passed five years later, on July 17, 1994 in Carrollton, Missouri. She had been in a rest home for one week.
Carolyn Ann Barr b. 10/18/38 Booneville, MO. d. 9/04/1999 St Lukes Hospital KC, MO.
m. Donald Ernest Brownfield 6/16/1962 St. Peter's Marshall, MO.
b. 1/22/1935. Son of E.V. "Tommy" Brownfield and Margaret Elizabeth Widel-Brownfield.
d. 12/17/1987, (tractor accident on parents' farm south of Malta Bend, MO). Four children.
Glenn Joseph Barr b. 6/6/1940 at the home Shackelford, MO. d. 11/11/2007 Gladstone, MO.
m. Carol Helen Wood 12/12/1964 Las Vegas, NV. b. 9/27/1941 Kirkwood, MO. Only child of David Albert Wood and Mary Lee James-Wood.
Jennifer Louetta Barr b. 1946. m. Dr. Donald Frederick Knepper b. 1943 of Liberty, MO.
Phillip Gregg Barr b. 12/18/1944 d. 5/23/1988. Never married.
©Copyright Gary Barr Entertainment 2008. All Rights Reserved.