BARBER, SPENCER F., farmer and dairyman of Swatara township, was born in Union county, Pa., January 22, 1855; son of William B. and Agnes (Rezner) Barber. His maternal grandfather, James Rezner, was a farmer and married Miss Finney, by whom he had six children: Robert; Samuel; Agnes; Sarah, deceased, wife of Dr. Schuyler; Elizabeth, who married John B. Barber, and died March 5, 1887; Susan, deceased, wife of Thomas Pollock. William B., the father, was born in Union county, Pa., May 8, 1830. He received such education as the limited advantages of the schools of that day afforded, and engaged in farming, spending the greater part of his active life in that occupation. He was married in his native county, February 9, 1854, to Miss Ages Rezner, born January 2, 1835; daughter of James and Miss (Finney) Rezner. Their children are: Spencer N.; Susan, wife of Bernard Taylor, residing; in Mifflinburg; Mary Ann; Fannie J.; Henrietta, wife of James Caldwell and lives in Chester, Pa.; James W., Grace, and Eva. The parents are both members of the Presbyterian church.
Spencer F. was reared- on his father's farm and had the experiences which fall to the lot of the ordinary farmer boy, of winter schooling and summer working, both needful and beneficial in fitting the boys for the duties and responsibilities of subsequent life. At the age of twenty-one years he located in Luzerne county, Pa., and was employed as a clerk in the store of J. F. Barber & Co. for six months, after which he was for one year put in charge of the books of the firm. Subsequently he was employed for two years by the Buck Mountain Coal Company of Philadelphia, after which he was to charge of the Stout Coal Company's store at Milesville for one year, which position he was compelled to resign on account of failing health. He then spent one year in traveling through the West, visiting Denver, Col., Colorado Springs and other important and interesting localities, and after returning was for nine months in the employ of Hail, Shenk & Co., Philadelphia, as a traveling salesman. In the spring of 1883 he relinquished all other pursuits and settled down on the old homestead at Rutherford station, on the Philadelphia and Reading railroad, near Harrisburg, where he has since had his home and been a farmer and dairyman. In the latter branch of business Mr. Barber is prominent and easily a leader, keeping some of the best blooded stock to be found in this part of the State. In social life Mr. Barber occupies an honorable position and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his neighbors. Mr. Barber removed from Luzerne county and on October 5, 1882, was married to Miss Ada B. Rutherford, daughter of Abner and Ann (Espy) Rutherford, by whom he has four children: Ann E., William B., James R., and Nelson R. Mrs. Barber was born in Swatara township, November 21, 1852. In his political sentiments and views Mr. Barber is in harmony with the Democratic party. He and his wife are members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church.
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Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001
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