Announcement of Death of Charles Barber

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Announcement of Death of Charles Barber - SEVENTY-FOURTH SEVENTY-FOURTH SEVENTY-FOURTH...
SEVENTY-FOURTH SEVENTY-FOURTH SEVENTY-FOURTH YEAR, NO. 34 Native Of Chilliwock Ex -Mayor, -Mayor, Publisher Charles Barber Dies Chilliwack's long-time long-time long-time newspaper publisher and former former mayor, Charles Alexander Alexander Barber, died Saturday in Chilliwack General Hospital. He was 86 years of age. Mr. Barber was a native of Chilliwack. He was born in 1878 on a farm on Banford Road, a quarter section of .land pre-empted pre-empted pre-empted by his father the previous year. His parents returned to Ontario in 1883, and established established themselves at Wing-ham. Wing-ham. Wing-ham. When he was 18 he apprenticed apprenticed to the printing trade at the Wingham Advance, Advance, one of three small newspapers then published in a town of 1,500 residents. Fallowing periods of employment employment with a commercial printing firm in London and the weekly Sentinel at Luck-now, Luck-now, Luck-now, Mr. Barber came west in 1903. He worked for a time at the Winnipeg Free Press, then purchased the Pilot Mound Sentinel which he published for eight years. While at Pilot Mound he served as a town councillor and board of trade president. In 1908 he married Mary A. Endicott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Endicott of Pilot Mound. It was in 1903 in Winnipeg that Mr. Barber joined the International Typographical Union, and he retained his membership since that time. C. A. BARBER "r c--: c--: c--: c--: - LLfiU In 1911 he sold the Pilot Mound Sentinel and returned to Chilliwack, where he purchased purchased the second weekly newspaper published here at that time, the New Era. He equipped it with a new plant and a new name, the Chilliwack Chilliwack Free Press, a title Mr. Barber once observed "was taken too literally by many readers." He sold the Free Press plant to J. D. Taylor, publisher publisher of the daily British Columbian Columbian at New Westminster and also owner of The Progress. Progress. After a period as editor editor and manager of the Progress Progress Mr. Barber set up his own commercial printing business in Chilliwack in 1919, and in 1923 purchased The Progress. Under his ownership it acquired its first modern typsetting equipment, and expanded premises. MAYOR THREE TIMES Mr. Barber was mayor of Chilliwack three times, for a total period of nine years. He also served the city as alderman for two years, and two terms as township councillor. councillor. He was a past president president and secretary of Chilliwack Chilliwack Board of Trade, past president of Chilliwack Rotary Club and a former chairman of Cultus Lake parks board. Other avenues of community service included included terms on t h e boards of Chilliwack General Hospital, Valley Haven, Chilliwack Agricultural Association, and the inter-municipal inter-municipal inter-municipal recreation recreation commission. He was active in the Victory Loan drives of both wars. He was a member of Chilliwack Chilliwack United Church, and the Masonic and IOOF orders. He was made an honorary member by Branch 4 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Mr. Barber was a past president president of Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association and the British Columbia and Yukon Press Association, (Continued on page 12)

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  1. The Chilliwack Progress,
  2. 16 Dec 1964, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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