Thursday, August 22, 2013

Philip Barnes-Lawrence County Judge

Philip Barnes    (July 17, 1858-April 10, 1929)
 From the history of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash counties, Illinois (1883)(page 131)

Philip W. Barnes, the present judge of Lawrence County Court, is a native of Ohio, and came with his father to this County when a lad six years; attended the common schools of Lawrence County, and graduated at Olney High School in 1879, and soon afterward entered the law department of the Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, from which he graduated June 15, 1881, and was admitted to the bar January 11, 1882. On the 4th of December that same year he began the practice of law in Lawrenceville by himself. In 1873 Mr. Barnes received the nomination for the office of County judge, by the Republican Party, and was elected, the duties of which office he is now discharging with credit to himself and satisfaction to the people of Lawrence. Judge Barnes is a young man of promise.

Lawrence County News
March 20, 1930

Monument to Judge Barnes

The Lawrenceville Monumental Works completed the setting of a monument at the grave of the late Philip W. Barnes in the city cemetery, which is said by experts to be the finest piece of monumental craftsmanship in this part of the state.

The monument is of Barre granite commonly called rock of ages and stands 5 feet 10 inches in height. The base is 8 feet 10 inches by 4 feet, and the Memorial weighs a trifle more than 10 tons. The proportions are in perfect harmony and every exposed part of the surface is highly polished. It is a credit to the craftsmanship of the Lawrenceville Monumental Works.

Editor:  Judge Barnes death record says he was born in Clark Co Ohio, and died in Olney at the age of 70.  His father's name was Abraham Barnes, born in  Rochester NY and his mother was Elizabeth Woliston born in Clark Co, Ohio.  

Don't Forget Field Trip scheduled for August Meeting:   Monday 26   5:00 pm (Indiana Time) Tour of Indiana Military Museum at Vincennes, IN 

Cost $5.00 Admission ticket ($4.00 Seniors 62 and older, and all Veterans) Everyone invited.  You may meet group there at 715 South 6th St, Vincennes, or if you would like to carpool, meet at the Museum on the Square at Lawrenceville at 3:30 pm Illinois time.   For information about the Military Museum see