George Washington Barnes was born Feb 13, 1843 in Jackson County, Indiana and died July 18, 1913 at the home of his son in law, Frank Redman, of Paradise, at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 5 days.
He served in the U. S. Army during the Civil War having enlisted in 1863. He was honorably discharged and crossed the Plains in the fall of 1865, settleing at Cove, Oregon. During the next five years he followed freighting his route being from Umatilla Landing to Silver City, Idaho.
In 1881 he was united in marriage to Mary L. Lloid. Two daughter were born to this union. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Jessie M. Cole, and seven grand children. Mr Barnes is the last of his father’s family to pass away.
In 1888 he moved with his family to Paradise, Oregon where he proved up on a homestead. The remainder of his days were spent in the vicinity of Paradise.
While hauling ties in 1889, he met with an accident which dislocated his hip and left him a cripple the rest of his life.
In 1896 he united with the Christian Church where he retained his membership to the time of his death.
For 48 years he has been a pioneer of this part of Oregon. Another member of the Grand Army of the Republic has passed to his final roll call.
His service and devotion to his God, his country, his family and his friends have endeared him to all who knew him and as a husband, father and neighbor, he will be missed.
The funeral service were conducted Saturday, July 19th, by Rev. A. L. Cathers in the Paradise church and the remains were interred in the Paradise Cemetery.
The bereaved family has the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in their great bereavement.
Contributed by: Tami Sherrill
Note: Son of George Barnes and Terresa Shrouse