Emily Leona Barber is born Monday, September 6, 1897, in Binghamton, New York to “Joseph” Barber, 26, and “Carrie” Tripp, 31. Joseph worked at the J. P. Noyes & Co. comb factory, a fourth generation business that began in Massachusetts in 1759, as a comb maker. In the late 1800s, women still wear long hair in an updo and comb making is a thriving business. The prosperous Mr. Noyes would own the first automobile in Binghamton in 1899.
The 1899 Binghamton City Directory lists Josiah and Carrie as living at 244 Clinton Street. It is likely they are there for the birth of their first child.
Just before the start of the 20th century, change is taking place with firsts that are the foundation for much of our modern world. Engineering journal publishes the first reference using the word “computer as we know it even today. The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, LBGT organization is formed in Berlin. Queen Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. The feminist newspaper La Fronde is published by Marguerite Durand. Subsequently, France allows women to attend the École des Beaux-Arts. Mexico brews Dos Equis beer in honor of the new century.
The Klondike Gold Rush begins and Jack London writes stories. The Boston Marathon is held with 15 competitors and won by John McDermott. John Philip Sousa performs “The Stars and Stripes Forever”. Aspirin is marketed by Bayer. The Boston Tremont Street Subway is the first underground metro opened in North America. Francis P. Church pens “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause.
William McKinley is President of the United States and Frank S. Black is Governor of New York. The latter becomes connected to the Erie Canal scandal and is soon replaced by a more robust hero of the Spanish-American war, Theodore Roosevelt.
At home in Binghamton, one of the more prominent cities in the United States, a new courthouse is being built. It survives today with a 1916 addition and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Downtown in 1897 is busy with top-hatted men, and women in sweeping long skirts, in a hurry to reach their destination amid a myriad of electrical lines overhead.
Josiah C., his name on census rolls, is the youngest child, born July 18, 1871, in Duanesburg, New York, of Evans and Lydia Jane Terbush (sometimes just Bush) when his father is 73 years old. His mother is 34 years younger than his father. The Barber family is most likely English Quakers that move from Dutchess County where he is born. Evans farms his land in Schoharie starting 1820 and married Lydia around 1855. Josiah is their youngest child. He has a brother, James, and sister, Phoebe. Another older sister, Adalina, may be his half-sister, which from census reports appears to have lost her mother at birth. Possibly the young Lydia comes to care for the baby and marries Evans who is 34 years older than her.
Caroline Tripp, known as Carrie, is born in Owego, Tioga County, New York in 1866.
Her father Daniel is a watchmaker with his own shop and an accomplished musician. He marries her mother, Miranda A. Ruggles, in 1847. She has seven siblings; Louisa, Adeline, Lovina, Arden, Willis, Francis, and Hallam. Louisa, Adeline, Arden and Willis do not survive past the age of five. Carrie is the youngest child, too.
Her sister, Lovina, the wife of Stephen D. Wilbur, is my second-great-grandmother.
1897 is the year Emily's grandparents, Miranda and Daniel Tripp celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.