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James S. Barr, editor and proprietor of the Franklin County Chronicle, was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., November 30, 1851, the son of James S., Sr., and Charlotte (Stage) Barr, natives of Pennsylvania. The family located in Perry County, Ill., in 1860, and in 1862 in Franklin County. The father, now living in Jackson County, was for many years editor and publisher of the Standard, and under him our subject learned the newspaper business, being also a printer. From 1867 to 1870 he worked as compositor on the St. Louis Republican, then followed his trade all over the Northern, Eastern and Western States. In 1881 he returned to Benton and bought out the Chronicle, which he has since conducted successfully, it being the only Republican paper in the county. September 23, 1872, he married Lizzie, daughter of the late Walter S. Akin. They have three sons and two daughters. Although our subject's father is a Democrat, he is a

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stanch Republican. He is an Odd Fellow, and an honorary member of the St. Louis Typographical Union.