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By Arthur S. Maynard
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, April 1949

Elbert Spicer Barlow, vice president, trustee, and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society passed on, Sunday, December 05, 1948, at his home, 850 Park Avenue, New York. He leaves behind his widow, Mrs. Ethel Parks Barlow, a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. John Ramsden, of Tuscon, Arizona, and a wide circle of friends and associates.

The esteem in which he was held was apparent in the large gathering which overflowed The Funeral Church, Madison Avenue & 81rst Street; on the Wednesday morning following, to pay tribute to his memory. The service was conducted according to the custom of The Church of Christ Scientist without eulogy, by Robert Stanley Ross, member and former Reader of the Eighth Church of Christ Scientist, New York City, an authorized
teacher of Christian Science, and also of the Board of Lectureship of the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts.

Representatives of the Eighth Church, of which Mr. Barlow was a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, attended, as well as officers and employess of Pease and Elliman, alumni of his class at Columbia University, trustees and staff members of this Society, and brother Masons from Kane Lodge of which he was a member and trustee.

Prior to his association with Pease and Elliman as vice-president and treasurer of the Hedden Construction Company. He supervised the building of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company tower at One Madison Avenue, New York, among other well known structures, besides Memorials to Mary Baker Eddy at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Bow, New Hampshire.

Mr. Barlow attended Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn, Stevens Institute Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, and was graduated from Columbia University. "Bert" Barlow was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity former member of the Metropolitan Club,  Columbia University Club,  Crescent Club of Huntington, and Lawrence Beach Club of Long Island.

Born July 1, 1878, Mr. Barlow was the son of George Barlow, compiler of the Barlow Genealogy (1891), and Martha Anna Lockwood, & grandson of William and Wilhelmina (Cosgrove) Barlow.   Through his ancestral line he was on the membership roster of the Saint Nicholas Society, Society  of Colonial Wars, and Sons of the Revolution.

The Board of Trustees of the Society adopted a unanimous resolution of sympathy outlining the constructive efforts of the former chairman to advance its activities and membership; praising his devotion, fidelity, and service to the Society's aims and purposes; and expressing the high regard of his colleagues for his character & superior qualities. The Resolution was spread upon the Minutes and the present chairman was requested to send a copy to Mrs. Barlow.

Elbert Spicer Barlow

The National Cylcopedia

Elbert Spicer Barlow, builder, was born in Brooklyn, New York, July 1, 1878, son of George and Martha Anna "Lockwood" Barlow, grandson of William and Wilhelmina "Cosgrove" Barlow, great grandson of William & Abigail "Robertson" Barlow, and great-great grandson of Jonathan and Plain "Rogers" Barlow. His great-great grandfather was a native of England who came to America in 1774, settling first at Westcock, New Brunswick, Canada, & later moving to Walton, New York. His father, a member of the New York Stock Exchange, was the author of "The Barlow Genealogy" (1891).

Elbert S. Barlow received his preparatory education at Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn, New York, and attended the Stevens Institute of Technology (1896-98) & Columbia University (1898-1900). He began his professional career in Denver, Colorado in charge of the machinery and pump sales department of the Mine and Smelters Supply Co, in January 1901, and later in the same year transferred to the International Steam Pump Co. (later the Worthington Pump Co) for which company he was in charge of New Jersey sales. From 1903 to 1905 he was sales manager in the New York office, and in charge of the repair department of the Worthington Pump Co, resigning these posts in the latter year. He then became one of three organizers and owners of the Hedden Construction Co, which succeeded the V. J. Hedden & Sons Co, builders and contractors, Newark, New Jersey. For about two years, he was secretary, treasurer, and a director of the company and from then until 1914 was vice-president, treasurer, and general manager. During this period he had complete charge of the financial affairs of the company which included the collection & payment of over $40,000,000 in construction contracts. While associated with this company he personally supervised the construction of a number of notable edifices, including the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's tower on Madison Avenue, New York City, the Denver, Colorado Court House and Post Office; the Stamford Connecticut Municipal Cemetery; and the memorials at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Bow, New Hampshire, to Mary Baker Eddy, (q.v.), founder of the Church Christian Science churches, including notably the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, Cleveland, Ohio, and the Church of Christ, Scientist, Stamford, Connecticut. Among the other structures put up by the Hedden company and with which Barlow was associated in construction, were the City Investing Building, American Bank Note Building, and the Fifth Avenue Building, New York City; the office building of the Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Kinney Building, Newark, New Jersey; the Proctor and Gamble Plant, Staten Island, New York, the Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut; the Jersey City, New Jersey Post Office; the buildings for the Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee; and the Peoples National Bank Building, Charleston, South Carolina. While he was associated with the Hedden company, Barlow was also vice-president and director of the Reinforced Cement Construction Co; secretary and director of the Fifth Avenue Securities Company; Fifth Avenue Investment & Improvement Co, and the Stockton Realty Co; and a director fo the Allwyn Court Apartment House, Inc., Allied Underwriters, and the Improved Property Holding Co.

From 1914 to 1928 Barlow continued in the general contracting business under his own name with offices in Boston (1916-1923) and New York City (1923-1928). He specialized in the erection of churches and residences and did work in New England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Westchester County, New York, New York City, and Cleveland, Ohio. During this period he also assisted in placing real estate loans & financing real estate projects.

In 1933 he became vice-president and mortgage expert for the firm of Pease & Elliman, New York City realtors, and continued in these capacities until his death. At that time he was also a director of McLean & McLean, New York City insurance agency. Barlow organized in the Columbia University Alumni Club in Boston. He was selected in 1947 to be one of twelve volunteer ambassadors to consult on a future development program for Columbia University. He was chairman of the executive committee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a member of the Sons of the Revolutions Society of Colonial Wars and the Saint Nicholas Society. He belonged to the Crescent Athletic Club, Huntington, New York, Lawrence (NY) Beach Club, and the Columbia University Club of New York City.

Fraternally he was a Mason and member of Beta Theta Pi. At various times he was chairman of the board of Second and Eighth churches of Christ Scientist, in New York. Politically he was affiliated with the Republican party.

His hobby was genealogy, and golf, sailing, swimming, football, and baseball were his favorite recreations.

Barlow was married twice:
in Madison, New Jersey; October 23, 1903, to Lillian, daughter of Charles Rohrbach Hedden (q.v.) of Newark, New Jersey, a contractor, and had two children: Elbert Spicer & Laura Hedden, who married 1. John Crosthwaite and 2. John Ramsden; Barlow's first wife died in 1932;
in New York City, May 7, 1937, to Ethel Winant, daughter of George Winant Parks (q.v.) of Providence, Rhode Island, a manufacturing silversmith.

His death occurred in New York City, December 05, 1948.

Barlow, Elmer Elbert, May 18, 1887 - June 26, 1948, lawyer, judge, b. near Arcadia.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School 1909. An outstanding amateur athlete, he was on the University of Wisconsin baseball team that toured Japan in 1909. Barlow practiced law in Arcadia, served as city attorney for 20 years, and as district attorney of Trempealeau County for 10 years. He acted as counsel for several creamery co-operatives and farm mutual fire insurance companies, and aided in the development of rural electrification in the area. Governor Julius P. Heil (q.v) appointed him executive counsel in Jan., 1939, commissioner of taxation in Oct., 1939, and associate justice of the state supreme court in Dec., 1942. Elected to the court in 1945, he served until his death.

Source:  Wisconsin Reports, 254 (1949), pp. xxii-xxxv; Wisconsin Blue Book (1948); Madison Wisconsin State Journal, June 27, 1948; Madison Capital Times, June 27, 1948.

Elbert S. Barlow

Elbert Spicer Barlow, mortgage expert and former builder, died last night at his home, 850 Park Avenue, after a brief illness. He was 70 years old.

For the last fourteen years Mr. Barlow had been with Pease & Elliman, Inc.

At an earlier stage of his career he was a vice president of the Hedden Construction Company and took part in the construction of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company building here, the Denver (Col.) City Hall and a number of churches and other structures. He supervised the building of memorials to Mary Baker Eddy at Cambridge, Mass., and Bow, N.H.

He leaves his wife and a daughter.

The original article shows him as Albert S. Barlow, an obvious mistake.

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