ELBERT SPICER BARLOW
By Arthur S. Maynard
New York Genealogical
and Biographical Record, April 1949
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,
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
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,
He leaves his wife and a daughter.
The original article shows him as Albert S.
Barlow, an obvious mistake.
Copy of the Original
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Barlow and Melinda Dennis
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