2nd Vermont Infantry
January 20, 1916
Golden Wedding Plans
Mr. and Mrs. John Barrett are to observe their golden wedding on Saturday
afternoon with a public reception at he GAR hall. Mr. Barrett was for many
years engaged in business here and is the last of the oldtime storekeepers
of the town. "Honest John", as he is familiarly known, is very well known
throughout this section.
Mr. Barrett was born in Hartland 80 years ago and his family moved here, to
the farm now owned by Fred Thompson, when he was a small boy and he spent
his younger days on the farm. He lived a few years in Illinois and enlisted
at the outbreak of the Civil war in the 2nd Vermont regiment and served
until the close of the war.
His health became impaired during his war service, but after a year devoted
to recuperation he went into business in a building where the Sherman block
now stands. Afterwards he erected a block at the corner of Main and Depot
streets, on the site of the present Brown's block, and occupied it sixteen
years when it was destroyed by fire. Later he opened his grocery and
crockery store on Main street, selling out a few years ago to George
Kenworthy, who now conducts the business.
Mr. Barrett married Miss Martha P. Simonds of this place January 23, 1866,
and both are in good health. They have one daughter, Miss Edna Barrett, who
lives with them. Mr. Barrett is a member of O.O. Howard post, GAR.
Source: Rutland Herald, January 20, 1916
Contributor: Cathy Habes.