Robert Barbour's obituary appears on page 21 of the Tuesday, December
13, 1932 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Robert's obituary
confirms that he died on December 10, 1932 and that he was the husband
of (Mary McAdams Barbour.) Of far more interest is the article that
appeared in the December Issue of Greater Pittsburgh magazine:
Death Of Robert W. Barbour
Robert W. Barbour, field representative of the Chamber of Commerce and
friend of practically every business man in Pittsburgh, died suddenly
last Saturday, December 10th, in his home at 5637 Rippey Street. He was
stricken at the corner of Wood Street and Fifth Avenue about eleven
o'clock in the morning; and Daniel Dwyer, a former member of the Camber,
recognized him as one of the Chamber's staff and brought him to the
office, from whence he was rushed by ambulance to his home. There he
passed way less than an hour later.
Bob "as everybody affectionately called him" had apparently been in
good health when he left the office to make a business call, and his
associates all cherish, as their last words with him, some jovial
remark. That is as it should be, since Bob was one of the best-natured
men and one of the most respected who ever trod Pittsburgh streets. No
one can say with regret, "I wish he had not spoken that way to me!"
Mr. Barbour was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania, May 7, 1870, from which
his parents moved to Philadelphia. When he was seventeen years of age
he came to Pittsburgh.
On April 30, 1910, Bob entered the employ of the Pittsburgh Chamber of
Commerce and soon became Assistant Secretary, remaining in that position
until February 28, 1918, when he went to Wellsville, Ohio, as secretary
of the Chamber of Commerce there. Later he returned to fill a similar
position in the Pittsburgh Board of Trade (now the East Liberty Chamber
of Commerce); but in June, 1922, he again joined the staff of the
Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce as Field representative, in which
capacity he met most of the business men of the city and made
Robert W. Barbour was married to Mary Scott McAdams, daughter of Robert
and Margaret Scott Craig McAdams. Mary had two brothers, Robert C. and
William McAdams, and three sisters, Agnes [who married George Lysinger],
Helen [who married John J. Rankin] and Rebecca Keating McAdams who never
Robert's in-laws, Margaret and Robert McAdams are buried with Rebecca
Keating McAdams and George and Agnes Lysinger in Section 7 lot 50
Source: Article appeared on page 24 of Greater Pittsburgh; Official Organ of
the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Vol. XIV, No. 8, December 1932.
Robert Barbour's marriage to Mary Scott McAdams appears in the Allegheny
County Marriage License Docket, Volume 70, 1904-1906, page 39.
Robert Wilson Barbour lists his residence as 830 N. St. Clair St.,
He lists his occupation as Book keeper
He lists one previous marriage dissolved by death.
In the 1920 Census, the Barbours appear in Allegheny County ED 60 page
2, Chartiers Township Precinct 8. Robert and Mary are living at Oakwood
Road with daughter Marian, 9 at the time.
Contributor: Nancy McAdams , Nov 12, 1999
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