John E. BARRY, who carries on general agricultural pursuits in Henry township, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, born on the 17th of April, 1861. He was one of the five children whose parents are Michael and Marguerite BARRY. The father is a native of Ireland and came to the United States in early life. He was for many years a resident farmer of Whitefield township, Marshall county, but is now living retired in Henry, having gained through his close attention and unremitting diligence in his agricultural interests the competence that now enables him to live retired. Unto him and his wife have been born five children: James H., a resident farmer of Saratoga township; Anna, at home; Ella, the wife of James WALLACE, a farmer of Whitefield township; John E., of this review; and Charles, a mechanical engineer living in Chicago.
John E. BARRY was a little lad when his parents removed from St. Louis to Whitefield township and there under the parental roof he spent his boyhood and youth, while in the district schools near his father's home he acquired his education. Early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, he has always carried on farming as a life work and is now renting from Mrs. GUYER a farm of one thousand acres, of which he operates five hundred and sixty acres. He is thus conducting his farming interests on an extensive scale and has his fields under a very high state of cultivation, so that he annually harvests rich crops. In his work he manifests the most progressive methods and a thorough understanding of his business in every detail, and thus he is meeting with well merited success.
Mr. BARRY was married in 1884 to Miss Elizabeth LONGMAN, a native of Canada, and unto them were born four children: Ida, who is twenty years of age and was graduated from the high school of Henry in the class of 1905; Ivan, seventeen years of age; Alvin, fourteen years of age; and Maud, who is now thirteen years old. The three younger children are all in school. Mr. BARRY is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, His political allegiance is given to the democracy and he has served as a member of the school board in his district. His religious faith is indicated by his connection with the Catholic church. Almost his entire life has been spent in this county and those who have known him from his boyhood days are numbered among his stanchest friends. He is accounted one of the representative agriculturists of Henry township, where he is now extensively and successfully carrying on general farming.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.