Mr. George Barbaras died quite suddenly at his residence on West Third Street Monday afternoon from cerebral hemorrhage, the announcement creating a profound sensation in the community in which he has lived so long and been so prominently identified. Mr. Barbaras was born in Alsace, Sept. 14th, 1832, coming to America in April, 1847, and locating on a farm near Chicago. In 1861, he removed to Vermillion and continued farming until 1869, when he came to Hastings, was elected Justice of the Peace, and built up quite a large business in the way of loans, collections, real estate, and insurance, which was converted into the German American Bank in April, 1882, and of which he was a director, and also cashier, president, and vice president at different times until last year, when he sold his stock to the Union Investment Company of Minneapolis, and retired. He was admitted to the bar in 1874, was alderman and mayor several terms, and treasurer of Vermillion Chapter No. 2, Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 35, and Lakeside Cemetery Association for many years. He was a member of St. John's Church, and a prominent and public spirited citizen, of unimpeachable integrity and genial social qualities, and will be greatly missed in business circles. Mr. Barbaras was twice married, and leaves a wife and two daughters by the first marriage, Mrs. J.P. Brandenbourger and Miss Julia A. Barbaras. The funeral was held from the house, at half past two p.m., under masonic auspices, the Rev. Jacob Schadegg and the Rev. Archibald Durrie officiating. Interment at Lakeside.
Deceased was well known as a shrewd, an upright and honorable man. Throughout the county, he was respected for his integrity and moral qualities.