Biography of Dr. Schuyler A. Barber
Tulare County, CA Biographies





SCHUYLER A. BARBER, M. D.
Dr. Schuyler A. Barber, for more than twenty five years a medical practitioner in Porterville and one of the best known physicians in this section of California, is a Hoosier by birth, a fact of which he never has ceased to be proud, but is a resident of California by choice and inclination, having made his home in this state since the year in which he attained his majority, and is thus in all but birth and rearing as much a Californian as any, for his interests have been centered here ever since he began to assume mature responsibilities. He was born in the pleasant village of Wolcottville, Lagrange county, northeastern Indiana, September 20, 1870, and has been a resident of California since 1890, his first activities in this state having been carried on in connection with the nursery business in Porterville.

Reared in his native town of Wolcottville, Schuyler A. Barber finished the work in the high school there and supplemented this by attendance for one year at that admirable state institution of learning, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. In the meantime his elder brother, Clayton Barber, had become a resident of California and engaged in the nursery business in Porterville, back in the days when that now flourishing trade center was struggling for a proper "place in the sun", for it will be recalled that in the late '80s and early '90s Porterville yet had a long way to go before attaining its present distinctive place among the municipalities of this section of California. In 1890, the year in which he came into his majority, Schuyler A. Barber left his old home in Indiana and rejoined his brother here in California, taking part in the latter's nursery operations at Porterville. From the days of his boyhood he had been giving his attention seriously to the study of medicine and after his arrival here he continued these studies privately, with the expectation presently of being able to carry on his studies formally in college. Conserving the money earned at the nursery business, in 1896 he was matriculated by the medical college of Stanford University and in 1899 was graduated from that institution with the degree of M. D.

Upon receiving his diploma Dr. Barber returned to Porterville and established himself in practice in that city, where he ever since has been located, with present offices in the Pacific Southwest Bank building, and has done very well, for years having been recognized as one of the leaders in his profession hereabout. The Doctor is a member of the Tulare County Medical Society, of the California State Medical Association and of the American Medical Association and has long taken an earnest interest in the deliberations of these bodies. Though a busy professional man, he has ever given a good citizen's attention to local civic affairs and for six years rendered public service as a member of the common council of the city of Porterville. He also served for some time as local health officer and in that capacity did much to establish adequate hygienic and sanitary standards for the community. The Doctor also has substantial interests of one sort and another and was for some years a member of the directorate of the Pioneer Bank of Porterville. He formerly owned and operated a fine orange grove but some time ago disposed of it. He also has been more or less interested in local real estate development projects and at one time and another has built and sold no fewer than a half dozen dwelling houses in the city. He is a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and has long taken an active interest in the affairs of that popular fraternal. organization.

On March 21, 1901, in San Francisco, Dr. Barber was united in marriage to Miss Edith F. Henry, also a native of Indiana, born in Wolcottville. They have a son: Philip S. Barber, who is now (1925) a student at the University of California. Young Mr. Barber is one of the "star" athletes of the university, the captain of the track team, and has a record of :09.9 for the hundred yard dash, 21 4/10 for 220 yards, which is just a shade under the present established record for that event.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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