Barbour, Wiliam Blackney

“Pneumonia Fatal to W.B. Barbour At The Age of 72” of 612 North Main St., died after one week illness of Pneumonia. Born in Ireland in 1848, came to Rockford at age 10. Entered the employment of Charles W. Brown and Harry N. Starr in dry goods store. He and his brother, the late John C. Barbour succeeded Brown and Starr in business. He was business manager for Forest City Baseball Club. On Nov. 17, 1873, at Janesville, Mr. Barbour married Miss Gertrude Helen McKee. Two children, plus two nephews and for many years was warden of Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/21/1921