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Obituary of Nicholas Barbaras (7 Sep 1884 - 3 Nov 1957)
Reprinted from the Preston, Minn. Register, 7 Nov 1957
The many friends of Nick Barbaras, 73, were shocked and grieved to learn of his sudden death from a heart attack at his home in Preston at 11:45 last Sunday forenoon. He was sitting in a chair in the living room of his home when the end came. His death was discovered a few minutes later when his wife went to the living room to join him. He had no warning of the attack, nor had he been ill beforehand. Nicholas J. Barbaras was born September 7, 1884 at Harper's Ferry, Iowa. At the age of 16 years, he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad, later advanced to the position of fireman and engineer. He was at one time on the Dubuque to Preston run and it was in this way that he met Ella Nora Langum of Preston, whom he married in Preston on November 17, 1910. They resided in Sioux City, Iowa, where he worked for the Milwaukee Road until 1920. The family then moved to Chicago, where he engaged in private business. In 1929 he accepted a position as supervisor with the Western Electric Company, and they moved to Cranford, New Jersey, where they resided until his retirement in 1950 when they moved to Preston. During his years here, he assisted his brother-in-law Porter B. Remington in the Drug Store. During his many years of residence in Cranford, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was also active in Boy Scout work. He was active in the Preston Golf Club and at the time of his death was serving as its secretary, and was a member ofr the Preston Boosters Club. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his departure two sons, Robert S. of Laughlintown, Pennsylvania, and Eugene N. of Burlington, North Carolina; four grandchildren, and five sisters., Mrs. F. K. Hobbs of Arlington, Virginia, Sister Mary Angela of Dubuque, Iowa, and Mrs. Wilbur Payne, Mrs. John S. Beiser, and Miss Bernadette Barbaras of Algona, Iowa. ...he was laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mervin Solney, Francis Ibach, Aymour Gabbert, Wils Garratt, P.N. Gilbertson, and Henry Brand.