Tipp City Herald

March 30, 1933

BARTON, H. M. - Harold M. Barton, widely known photographer of Troy, Mason and Presbyterian church leader, passed away late Saturday following complications developed after an emergency operation for appendicitis a week before.  Private funeral rites were held Monday afternoon at the Barton home.  He was a native of New Carlisle and had won a number of awards for his high class artistry.  "Barton Studio" has been an outstanding trade mark for years.  His widow and three sons survive.  His death was a distinct blow to his many friends of this city.

Private Rites Are Held For Harold M. Barton

Prominent Photographer Passes Away Following Emergency Operation For Appendicitis – Leader in Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodge Activities – Burial Made in Riverside

Private Funeral services were conducted at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon in memory of Harold M. Barton, proprietor of the Barton Studio, who died at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon in the Stouder Memorial hospital where he underwent an emergency appendectomy one week previous. The final rites were conducted by Rev. I. L. Dungan, minister of the First Presbyterian church, in the Barton home, 1118 South Mulberry Street.  

“Being Dead, Yet Speaketh,” was the text of the funeral sermon delivered by Rev. Mr. Dungan.  By request he also head the hymns. Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.”

Interment was made in Riverside cemetery, the bearers of the pall being Douglass, Bond and William Houser, Preston Dye, Robert N. Hartzell and Jack Miller.

 Born in New Carlisle

Harold M. Barton was the older son of the late G. W. Barton and Mrs. Barton.  He was born in New Carlisle 45 years ago but came to Troy at the age of eight years with his parents and since then this city has been his home.  He attended the Troy schools and was graduated from the high schools after which he joined his father in the photographic studio.  After the death of his father, which occurred several years ago, he assumed full charge of the business and had gained an enviable reputation throughout Ohio for his artistic studio portraits and commercial photography. The trade mark, “Barton Studio” has been outstanding in this section for more than a quarter of a century and Mr. Barton’s artistic ability, his sincerity along all lines of duty will be lasting in the memory of those with whom he came in touch during his business life in Troy.

Church and Lodge Leader

He was an active member of the First Presbyterian church, a former superintendent of the Sunday School and a teacher in the Sunday School at the time he was stricken with the fatal illness.  Fraternally he was a Mason and had filled efficiently in the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Council, a number of offices. He was past master of Franklin Lodge, No. 14, F. & A. M. past high priest of Franklin Chapter, No. 24, R. A. M. and past master of Franklin Council, No 14, R. & S. M. He was also a member of the Rotary Club. 

 Surviving Mr. Barton are his widow, Edna Douglass Barton; three sons, Douglass, 12, George 10, and Harold, Jr. 7; his mother Mrs. G. W. Barton, one sister, Miss Hortense, and one brother, Rodger Barton.  

The death of Mr. Barton is regarded as a distinct loss to the city and the news of his passing was received with deep regret by all who knew him. A brave fight was waged by physicians and surgeons to save his life but death ended the struggle after the illness of one week, due to complications following the operation.  

Monday March 27, 1933

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