Amos Barker. Willamette Heritage Center Collections, c. 1932 Employee Photo, M3 1992-008-0001

Amos Barker

Job Title(s)

Wet Finisher

Dates of Employment

c. 1920-1940

Last Name Barker
First Name Amos
Middle Name/Initial Hunn
Born 23 Aug 1874, Mantherville, MN
Home Addresses


1917:  Amos H Barker (Bertha)

1924: 1811 Lee

1929-1932:  1715 Lee

Obit says he lived at this address until his death in 1950

Died 28 Sep 1950, Salem, OR
Place Buried Belcrest
Wife Bertha M. Barker 1883-1967
Date of Marriage 14 Jun 1903
Children Gordon A. Barker 1906-1991
Dates of Employment Minimum 1920-1940
Job(s) Wet Finisher
Story        Amos Hunn Barker worked for TKWM from about 1920 through at least 1940.  He started as a common laborer and ended his time at the mill as the Finishing Room Forman.

Amos was born on 23 August 1874 in Iowa to Merrill and Louisa Barker in 1874.  He had a half-brother, Frank by his father’s first marriage.  By 1880 at age 5, Amos had moved with his family to Nebraska.  After Amos, Merrill and Louisa had six more children, the last being born in 1893.

Amos performed military service from Nov 1894 – Dec 1897.  About that same time, the family moved to Mahama OR and by 1900 Amos was a farm laborer in Howel Prairie while boarding with the Danial Smith Family.

In 1903, at age 28, Amos married Bertha (Betsey) M Hull Barker and in 1906, they had a son, Gordon.  Amos and Bertha may have moved to Portland when Amos’ father passed away in 1904.  We do know that by 1910, he had left the farm to spend some time as a street car conductor in Portland.  He was back farming near Salem by 1915.  At that time, the family lived on Silverton Road just outside the Salem city limits.

From Jan 1918 through April 1919, Amos served in the Oregon Militia (National Guard).  It is unclear whether this service included WW 1 overseas duty.

Amos began working at TKWM in about 1920 as a laborer after moving his family to 1811 Lee St.  He worked his way up to Finishing Room Forman by 1940 having moved to 1715 Lee St.  He and Bertha lived there until Amos’ passing on 28 Sep 1950 at age 76.  The house still stands as of early 2019.

Name Remarks
Salem City Directories 1915        Amos H Barker (Bertha) Farmer

1917        Amos H Barker (Bertha) Farmer Silverton Rd ¾ mile north of city limits.

1924        Laborer, TK Woolen Mill, h. 1811 Lee

1928/29   h. 1715 Lee

1932        h. 1715 Lee

1935        h. 1715 Lee

Census 1880  Amos Barker 5, b abt 1875 in Iowa.  Home Eureka, Nebraska.  Son of Merriel Barker (b in NY) and Louesa Barker (b in Wisconsin).  Merriel 37, Louesa 24, Frank 12 (from a previous marriage?), Amos 5.


Louisa T Barker, 44, b Jul 1855, in Winconsin, home Mehama, OR.  (Father and Mother born in Germany)  Wife of Merrill M Barker.  Married in 1878.  Number of living children 5.  Merrill M 57, Louisa T 44, Nina A 18, Devant K 14, Sherley K 11, Keno E 10, Lance D 7.

Amos Barker, 24.  Farm Laborer, Boarder with Danial W Smith family.  Howel Prairie

1910 Amos Barker, 35 married 7 years. Street car conductor in Portland.  Amos 35, Bertha 26, Gordon 4.

1920 Amos Barker 45. Textile worker in Salem. 1811 Lee.  Amos 45, Bertha 36, Gordon A 13

1930 Amos Barker 55.  Textile worker in Salem.  1715 Lee St.  Age at first marriage 28.  Father b in NY, mother b in Minn. Amos 55, Bertha 46.

1940 Amos Barker 65.  Forman, Finishing Room.  1715 Lee St.  Amos 65, Bertha 56, Gordon Hill boarder 58 (salesman).

Find-a-Grave Amos Hunn Barker, b 23 Aug 1874 in Minnesota, d 28 Sep 1950 in Salem.  Belcrest.  Father Merrill Maurice Barker.  Mother Sarah Jennie Barker.  Spouse Bertha M Barker.  Children Gordon Amos Barker,

Amos H. Barker, at the residence, 1517 Lee St., September 28. Survived by wife, Bertha M. Barker of Salem; son, Gordon A. Barker of Salem; brother, Lance Barker of Portland, and Kino Barker of Salem; sister, Mrs. Nina Norris of Portland; two grandsons, Elvis and Gary Barker, both of Salem; and by several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at the Clough-Barrick Chapel Saturday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m. with interment at Belcrest Memorial Park. Please omit flowers. (Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon 9/29/1950)

Louisa Tina Miller Barker, b 10 Jul 1857 in Wisconsin, USA.  D 30 Jun 1930 at 72 in Portland.  Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery.


Burial: July 2, 1930.  w/o Merrill M. Barker.  In this city, June 30, Mrs. Louisa T. Barker, aged 73 years, beloved mother of Mrs. George D. Norris of this city, Keno G. Barker of Corvallis, Lance D. Barker and Amos H. Barker of Salem. Friends are invited to attend funeral services today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Centenary-Wilbur M. E. Church, 474 E. Ash St. Commitment Lone Fir Cemetery. Arrangements in charge of the East Side Funeral Directors. (unknown paper and date)

Merrill Maurice Barker, b 3 Dec 1842 in Niagara Fall, NY.  D 1 Aug 1904 (61) in Portland, OR.  Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery.

At the residence, August 1, 1904, Merrill M. Barker, aged 61 years, 7 months, 28 days. Funeral will take place today, August 3, at 2 p.m. from his late residence, 489 Union Ave. Friends invited. (Oregonian, Portland, Oregon 8/3/1904)

Family Members:

Parents:  Hiram H Barker 1801-1884, Clarissa Ann Brunson Barker 108-1879.

Hiram Barker Spouses:  Sarah Jennie Hitchcock Barker 1840-1878 (m. 1865), Louisa Tina Miller Barker 1857-1930 (m. 1878).  Siblings Terissa Ann Barker Button 1835-1922, Persilla Ann Barker Powell 1838-3837, Martha Ann Barker Button 1846-1935.  Children:  Frank Eugene Barker 1867-1929,

Amos Hunn Barker 1874-1950, Nina Clara Ann Barker Norris 1881-1969, Devant Kent Barker 1885-1903, Shirley Edward Barker 1886-1909, Kino Goodman Barker 1889-1955, Lance Daro Barker 1893-1981

Social Security Claim 10 Dec 1950
U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments Barker, Amos H.  Enlisted 5 Dec 1894 in Portland, OR by Lt Lyndsay to Co D, 145h Infantry.  Born in Minnesota, age 21, farmer.  Discharged Apr 1897, expiration of term of service.
WW1 Draft Reg Amos Hunn Barker.  1811 See St.  Age 44.  Dob 23 Aug 1874.  Cloth Washer TKWM.  Bertha Matilda Barker.  Doc date 12 Sep 1918.
Oregon Death Index Amos H Barker d 28 Sep 1950 in Marion County.  Wife Bertha
Visuals SJ Clip 28 Sep 1950 – Amos Barker Obit
Pic Amos Barker and Wife circa 1904
Pic Amos Barker in the 30s
Pic Amos, Wife Bertha and Grandson Elvis about 1941
A Barker Guard Enlistment Record pg 1 and 2
SJ Clip 19 Jun 1903 Barker Hull marriage
SJ Clip 13 Oct 1927 Gordon Barker Marriage