On this date in 1917, Thomas William Barnes was born to Ernest and Helen Barnes, at the city of Yonkers, Westchester County, New York. Helen Barnes’ maiden name was also Barnes, occasionally spelled as Barns, back in Ireland. This adorable photograph was taken at Bloomingdale Brothers, on Lexington Avenue, New York City, when Tom was a toddler. He joined big brother, Ernest Junior, at 240 Woodsworth Avenue. In 1920, baby sister Helen was born, completing the family. The children always remembered taking the trolley near their house in Yonkers, to Manhattan, to visit their mother’s siblings, and also for shopping.
Hot diggity dog was one of Tom’s favorite sayings when he was happy, such as when he had a nice big birthday cake with candles on it for his special day. Tom was named after his maternal uncle, and also his paternal grandfather. His Irish uncle, Tom Barnes, was one of his favorite relatives. He also had the nickname, Timmy.
Tom Barnes lived in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, near the village of Kingston, after the family moved there from Yonkers, at the end of the 1920s. After going to Princeton High School, he attended college at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. While there he was commissioned in the U. S. Army as a Lieutenant. He came home to marry his sweetheart, Evelyn Stewart. They had two children, and also two grandchildren. When he died on 9 November 1986, age sixty-nine, he was a retired machinist, living in Middlesex, New Jersey.
Below are two more photographs, and the wedding announcement from the Trenton Evening Times, in New Jersey.