Biography - Barnard Cooper

Barnard W. COOPER, machinist, Litchfield, is the son of William and Jemima (KELLAND) COOPER, the former of whom was a Sergeant in the Royal Marine Artillery, and died in Barbados, West Indies, on January 1, 1862, and was there buried. Barnard W. COOPER was born in Portsmouth, England, on January 27, 1857; he was educated in the Royal Naval School at Greenwich. At the age of fifteen years, he began to learn the machinist’s trade, swerving two years' apprenticeship. He came to the United States, reaching Litchfield in June, 1874, where he worked at various employments until August 1875, when he entered the employ of the Litchfield Car Manufacturing Company, and there completed his trade in three years; he has continued in their employ ever since, except for a period of six months, when he engaged his services at Elkhart, Ind., as machinist in the shops of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad. On January 1, 1882, he became foreman of the machine shops of Litchfield Car and Machine Company, a position he still holds; his department has in its employ twenty-two men.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 138.

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