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HIST O RY/OF D ALLAS COUNTY~ 401
The father of the subject-of our sketch was a
prosperous wholesale and retail grocer of
Baltimore, who, after the close of the war,
settled on a large farm near that city, on
which he died in 1882, aged sixty-four years.
He was a man of very great financial ability,
intensely energetic and of exalted probity,
all of which conspired to gain for him the
universal respect of his associates and friends
who were much attached to him on account
of his rare personal and social attractions.
The mother of our subject, who was two
years older than her husband, is still living,
at the age of seventy-seven years, and resides
on the old homestead. She is a wo
manof intelligence and many amiable traits
of character, which have endeared her to a
host of friends in the neighborhood in which
she has resided for so many years.
The subject of our sketch was born in
Baltimore, Maryland, in 1848, and was the
sixth in order of birth of a family of eight
children. He received his education in that
city, where he was living when the city
authorities called for the enlistment of all
loyal citizens, between the ages of sixteen
and sixty-five, who should assist in the defense
of the city against the invasion of General
Early's army, who in their attempt to
capture Washington city made a bold raid
through Maryland. Among those to answer
this imperative call was the subject of our
sketch, his father and two elder brothers of
onr subject. The former two served for only
a couple of weeks, or until the fright was
over, and, upon the father being solicited to
permit his youngest son to continue in the
service, he very justly replied that he had
boys in the army, and if it should become
necessary he himself would enlist and take
with him the subject of this sketch. This
checked further importuning on that point;
but after the close of the war, in order to
abate somewhat the excessive fervor engendered
by recent military performances, our
subject enlisted in the regular service for
three years, and served out his time, during
which he was mostly in Arkansas and the Indian
Territory, and assisted in reconstructing
the former state.
Mr. Barlow suffered the inconvenience of
having a wealthy father, and was thus not
forced to early learn a trade or exert his natural
abilities, with which latter he is undoubtedly
abundantly endowed. It thus
transpires that we find him serving an apprenticeship
of six months at the carpenter's trade
in St. Louis, in the meantime, and without a
teacher, other than books, studying architecture,
for which, it seems, he had a decided
adaptability, being a born mechanic, and having,
almost, come whittling into the world.
In 1871 he came to Texas, settling in
Houston, where he was employed as a journeyman
and also worked in the railroad
shops. In 1880 he calue to Dallas, where
he has done a great deal of work, having
erected some of the finest buildings in the
city. He has the advantage of having served
in every department of his business, and
thus brings a thorough knowledge of all details
and an extended experience to bear on
all work under his superintendence. He has
traveled extensively throughout the State,
is widely and favorably known, and often
has his judgment referred to in matters of
importance, both relating to his business, in
which he is conceded to be an authority, as
wellas in other matters of moment to the
State and country.
Thus has intelligent and persistent effort
resulted in eminent business success, while
his noble qualities of heart have attracted
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/415/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.