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George H. Barlow, Sr., Dies
in Florida; Once Was Nation's  Biggest Producer of Cigars

Banker, Realty Operator,
Long Famed in Harness Racing Circles

George H. Barlow, of 56 Front street, widely known in business, realty and horse racing circles, long a close friend of David Hannum of Homer, central figure in Edward Noyes Westcott's book, "David Harum," died at his winter home in Daytona Beach, Fla., Monday night at 7:30 o'clock. Had he lived until next October he would have been 82 years old.

Mr. Barlow had not been in good health since he suffered a stroke several years ago. Diabetes set in and he was confined to his bed at Daytona Beach for several weeks before his death.

He was born at Davenport, Delaware county on October 26, 1853, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Martin Barlow. His father was a farmer.   He studied in the Davenport public schools and after a few years on  the old home farm  he went to Otego, where he was employed as a salesman.

At one time he owned a store in Otego. He showed a keen business ability that made him a leader in his field, and caused him to become widely known, first as a commericial traveler, and eventually in cigar salesmanship. Binghamton was then a great national cigar center and in his activities at Otego, young Mr. Barlow found himself selling tobacco products of the late John J. Hull, Jr., a rising figure in the Binghamton cigar trade. After four years at Otego, Mr. Barlow came to Binghamton about 1880, and for the next three years he represented Mr. Hull on the road. Then he traveled for the late George A. Kent, a leader in Binghamton cigar manufacture, and about 1887 he entered business in partnership with the late John B. Rogers & John B. Simpson. Mr. Barlow bought out the interests, first of Mr. Simpson, and later of Mr. Rogers, and ultimately became owner of the largest cigar factory in the American field, with a record production of 30,000,000 hand-made five-cent cigars per year. It was located in the large building in Wall street, just north of the Court, now a part of the Fair Store. Mr. Barlow and his partners at one time employed 800 workers and had factories in both Binghamton and Lancaster, Pa. After eight years with this factory under his sole ownership and management, he sold the business to the American Cigar Co., about 1898. He then turned his attention to the management of large real estate interests he had acquired in various sections of the city and, as time passed, his son George H. Barlow, Jr., and his grandson, George H. Barlow III, became associated with him.

Mr. Barlow owned a large winter home in Florida, and during 1905-1911 he owned and operated one of the largest tobacco plantations in the South. A great lover of horses and owner of numerous speedy harness racers he was a familiar figure about the race tracks of this region. One of his closest associates was Mr. Hannum, Homer banker immortalized in "David Harnum." A book in the Binghamton Public Library, on the life of David Hannum, tells how the old banker often came to Binghamton to talk horse and pass judgement on the Barlow stables. Mr. Barlow bought the home on Front street, one of the show places of Binghamton's early days, which formerly was owned by Mayor John Rankin, the John Lennox of "David Harnum."

Mr. Barlow was president of the Binghamton Racing Association which sponsored the races at Binghamton Industrial Exposition grounds before the days of the Hughes anti-racetrack bills, and with G. Tracy Rogers and John P.E. Clark financed the erection of the grandstand that long stood there. He was often judge, starter or timer at the races here and at other tracks in this section. He was also prominent in the ice racing in Hawley street or on the Susquehanna river 30 years ago.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Peoples Trust Co., later the Marine Midland Trust Co. of Binghamton, and for years was chairman of the board. He was also long a member of the board of managers of the Binghamton State hospital. He was a member of Otseningo Lodge, 435, F. and A.M., being a 32nd degree Mason, and of Binghamton Lodge, 352, B.P.O.E.

He married Miss Nettie Seamans of Otego in 1878. She died in January, 1930.  Besides his son and grandson, he is survived by a cousin, Edward C. Barlow of Binghamton.

The body will be brought to Binghamton, and the date for the funeral will be announced later.

       March 26, 1935       Copy of the original news article

GEORGE H. BARLOW, JR., one of the well known real estate men of Binghamton, who has been identified with that field of business activity for a score of years who is a recognized expert in the valuation of real estate as well as in the handling of sales, is a native of Binghamton. Both as a successful business man and as a progressive citizen as well as a valued friend and associate, Mr. Barlow has the highest esteem of his fellow-citizens and of his many personal friends. George H. Barlow, father of Mr. Barlow, is a native of New York State where for thirty-five years he was engaged as a manufacturer of cigars and is now retired. He is a member of the board of directors of the People's Trust Company, and fraternally is affiliated with Otseningo Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in which order he holds the thirty-second degree, and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

He married Nettie S. Seaman, who is also a native of New York State.

George H. Barlow, Jr., was born January 23, 1879. He received his education in the public schools of his native, graduating from the high school with the class of 1900. After completing his high school course he began his business career in association with his father, engaged in the manufacture of cigars under the firm name of Barlow & Rogers and rated as the largest concern of its kind in this section of the State. This business was later sold to the American Tobacco Company, and in 1903 George H. Barlow, Jr., entered the real estate, with which he has prominently identified to the present time. (1923) His offices are in the O'Neil building, Binghamton, and he is recognized as one of the leading realtors of the city. Fraternally Mr. Barlow is associated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and he is also a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, of the Dobson Club, and of the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. His religious interest is with Christ Church, of which he is an attendant.

On December 09, 1904, Mr. Barlow married Marie S. Stoughton, of Greene, New York, daughter of John C. and Ella (Treadway) Stoughton, and they are the parents of one child, George H. Barlow, (3) who is a student at the military academy at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson.

Binghamptom and Broome County New York, A History - 1924

A very old postcard showing the east bank of the Chenango River in Downtown Binghamton, NY. At the left is the old Post Office, followed on the right by the Clock and Son Cigar Factory, then the Freeman Overall Factory, the Barlow, Rogers & Simpson Cigar Factory, the Wright, O'Conner & Co. Cigar Factory, and commercial buildings facing Court Street. This card predates the terrible 1913 Freeman Overall Factory.


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