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          AT SIDE OF BED

Member of A Prominent
     County Family Expires
     At Home of Daughter In


Funeral Arrangements In-
    complete, But Interment
    Will Be In Mount Hebron

     Louis J. Barr, member   of   a family long prominently identified with Frederick county agricultural and general business interests, died early this morning at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert May, in Alexandria, Va., where he had been residing for several years. He was about 74 years of age.
     Mr. Barr was found dead at the side of his bed shortly after 7 o'clock this morning by his daughter, Mrs. May, who told relatives here in a telephone message that her father was in a kneeling position, indicating that he may have received the fatal summons while in prayer.
Probably a Heat Victim.
     Due to repairs being made at the May home, Mr. Barr had been sleeping for a night or two in a bed on an enclosed porch on the ground floor. Mrs. May stated that about 3 o'clock this morning she passed his room and saw him in bed.
     When they went to call Mr. Barr for breakfast he was found kneeling at the side of the bed, and was dead. A physician who made an examination gave an opinion that he had been dead probably three hours.
     It was thought by members of the family that Mr. Barr probably was a victim of the intense heat wave that has prevailed over the east for several days. He had not been feeling as well as usual for a week, but there was nothing to indicate approach of a serious illness.
     Mr. Barr was in Winchester only a few weeks ago on a short visit to relatives and friends and greeted all his acquaintances with his unfailing and characteristic courtesy and affability. News of his sudden death occasioned much regret among all who knew him.
Experienced In Engineering.
     Mr. Barr was a son of the late Robert and Sidney Jackson Barr, members of pioneer families of Frederick county, who lived for many years about a mile south of Winchester and east of the old Winchester Paper Mills.
     He grew up on the farm of his father, and in addition to being experienced in agricultural pursuits he had a decided liking for mechanical engineering. He was many years ago in the locomotive engine service of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
     Later he was connected with the engine room of the Winchester Paper Mills. Still later he was engineer in charge of the city pumping station at Rouss Spring, and then took up similar work in Washington for the District government.
     He was for a long time connected with the engine room of the sewage plant in Washington. He retired some years ago on account of increasing deafness.
Was Married Twice.
     Mr. Barr was twice married. His first wife, who died many years ago, was formerly Miss Virginia Jackson, a daughter of the late David Jackson, of Frederick county, and by that marriage he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Robert May and Mrs. Elsie May, the former of Alexandria and the latter
of Washington.
     His second wife, who died about five years ago, was formerly Miss Julia Spurr, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James D. Spurr, of Winchester, and by that union he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Lewis, of Elmira, N. Y., and Mrs. Sarah Simpson, of Washington, and two sons, Madison Barr, of New York, and Louis J. Barr, Jr., of Washington.
     He leaves also two brothers, R. Frank Barr, of Washington, and Robert Barr, of Winchester. A number of nephews and nieces reside here and in other sections of
Virginia. He was a brother-in-law of J. Madison Spurr, this city.
     Arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Barr will not be announced before tomorrow. It was stated, however, that the interment will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery here.
(June 9th 1933)

Funeral  Rites  of  a  Former
Resident To Be Held Here
Sunday Afternoon.

     Mrs. Julia E. Barr, wife of Louis J. Barr, formerly of Winchester, but for many years residing in Washington, died early this morning at her home, No. 1352 Fairmont street, northwest, according to a message received by her brother, J. Madison Spurr, of this city.
     Mr. Spurr was advised in a later message that his sister's death was due primarily to a heart attack, and that it came upon her very suddenly during the night. She appeared to be as well as usual when she retired last night, but some time between 1 and 2 o'clock she was seized with the heart spell that caused almost instant death.
Here Recently On Visit
     Mrs. Barr's health had been failing for a year or two, but last December she was well enough to come to her old home down on a visit to friends, and seemed to greatly enjoy her stay here. However, she had been home only a short time when she was taken ill and removed to a hospital, where she underwent an operation.
     It was felt that she would recover entirely from effects of the operation, but a relapse occurred while hopes of her family were brightest, and for some weeks her life was almost despaired of. She clung to life, however, with rather remarkable courage and fortitude, and pulled through several hard spells, which had affected her heart, and was able to be up and about the house.
     Mrs. Barr was a daughter of the late James D. and Margaret Hannum Spurr, of this city, and had a wide circle of friends here, to whom news of her death came with no little sorrow. She was born in the vicinity of Capon Springs, Hampshire county, W. Va., but with her parents and other members of their family came to Winchester when she was a child, and lived here until her marriage to Mr. Barr in August, 1894.
Funeral Here Sunday
     Mrs. Barr is survived by her husband, two sons, Madison and Louis Barr, of Washington, and two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Lewis, of Elmira, N. Y., and Mrs. Raymond Simpson, of Washington, and one brother, J. Madison Spurr, of this city. She leaves also several grandchildren. Ashby Hannum, of National avenue, is a near cousin.
     The body of Mrs. Barr is to be brought to Winchester Sunday, and funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock the same afternoon in Market Street Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she had been a member for many years. The pastor, the Rev. J. Luther Neff, will officiate, and interment will be in the family lot in Mount Hebron Cemetery.
(April 27 - 1928)
(Buried 29 of April)
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