“Bowerbank – Ernest H. Barnes Sr., 78, husband of Margaret (Johnston) Barnes, died Jan 4, 1995 at his residence. He was born Aug 6, 1916 in New York City, the son of Ernest and Helen (Barnes) Barnes Sr. He attended schools in Princeton, NJ, and graduated from Rutgers University in 1939. He was personnel manager for Beggs & Cobbs, and then worked at Moosehead Mfg until retirement. He was First Selectman of Bowerbank from 1960 to 1990. Ernie was a member of the Big Bear Snowmobile Club, the D.J. Babineau VFW Post # 3385, the Chadbourne Merrill American Legion Post #29, Masonic Lodge in Glastonbury, CT, Sebec Lake Assn. In addition to his wife Maggie of Bowerbank, he is survived by [omitted for privacy] . . . Friends may call 7 – 9 pm Jan 5 at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, where funeral services will be conducted 10am Friday Jan 6, with Fr. Miles Cyr officiating.”
This obituary for Ernest H. Barnes, from Bowerbank, Maine, was given out at his memorial service. Ernest had two siblings – a younger brother, Thomas, and a younger sister, Helen. In the 1920 Federal Census the family lived in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York. By the 1930 Census the family had moved to Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, near the village of Kingston. His first wife was Barbara Beckendorf of Hartford, Connecticut. His second wife was Margaret Johnston of Bangor, Maine.
Maine was Ernie’s kind of place, and he only occasionally came back to New Jersey to visit his siblings after moving there. Here’s a photo of Ernest Barnes resting after shoveling snow at his Bowerbank home.
In the 1980s AT&T came to Bowerbank, Maine to do a print advertising campaign. Below is a copy of the two sides of the ad, dated November 14, 1983. Ernest is in the back row, on the right. If you click on any of these photos they will open up in a larger format.
From ancestry.com I found Ernest H. Barnes listed in the Rutgers University Scarlet Letter Yearbook from 1937 to 1939, and it stated he was active in wrestling and track, and that his summer jobs were farm and quarry work, ushering, and jinrikisha-pulling. I have no idea what that last job was! There is also such a nice photograph of Ernie during his college years. Ernest Barnes served in the Army during World War Two from October 14, 1941 – September 27, 1945. [Ancestry.com. U.S. School Yearbooks [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.]