SPRINGFIELD'S SCULPTURES,            Carl and Roberta Volkmann
MONUMENTS, AND PLAQUES              cvolk@aol.com
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Floyd S. Barringer was born in  Emden,
Illinois, on April 7, 1915.  His father was a
country doctor who practiced medicine in
Emden for 37 years.  Floyd graduated from
the University of Illinois College of Medicine
in 1939.  Responding to a “Doctors For
Britain” medical service volunteer program
in 1941, he spent the next five years with
the British Emergency Medical Service in
Birmingham, England.  There he also
trained as a resident in neurosurgery and
married a nurse, Winifred Wain.  The
couple moved to Springfield in 1947, and Dr.
Barringer practiced neurosurgery until his
retirement in 1982.
Throughout his life in Springfield, Dr. Barringer was also known as a lover of history.  The
family bought a small farmhouse on eighty acres in 1951, and the effort to restore and
enlarge it led him to develop a passion for historic preservation.  Dr. Barringer was a
community leader in the restoration and preservation of the Ilijah Iles House, the Freeman-
Hughes House, the Booth-Grunendike House, the Dana-Thomas House, and the Illinois
Governor’s Mansion.

Dr. Barringer wrote and published numerous books including
Historic Homes of Springfield,
A Walk Through Oak Ridge Cemetery, A Tour of Historic Springfield, and a substantial four-
volume reference work called
Sangamon County Cemeteries. This important work
documents 205 active and long-abandoned burial sites in the county.  He also published
Soldier’s Monument: Oak Ridge Cemetery
and two volumes of Wartime Odyssey containing
letters and a journal of his experience in England during World War II.

Dr. Barringer was actively involved in many historical organizations including the Sangamon
County Historical Society, the Illinois State Historical Society, and the Abraham Lincoln
Association from which he received the Logan Hay Medal.  He also received historic
preservation awards from the Springfield Historic Sites Commission and the Historical
Preservation Association. He passed away on November 23, 1993, and is buried in the place
that he loved so much, Oak Ridge.