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Abraham Barker was born in 1862 in Vilnius, Russia (now Lithuania). He emigrated
to Trenton, New Jersey, where he became a citizen of the United States in 1884. In
1886 he married Flora Jacobs of Chicago , and they moved to Springfield with their
three children in 1894.
The Springfield entrepreneur owned at various times in his life a junk dealership, the
Barker Mine Car and Foundry, Barker-Sullivan Cigar Company, and the A. Barker Iron
Company. The Barker, Goldman Lubin Company was the sole contractor to destroy
the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. In 1908 Barker built a three story brick apartment
building called Barker Flats adjacent to his home on North Fifth Street. The building
Abraham Barker died at his second home in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1937 at the
age of 77. He is buried with his family in Oak Ridge Cemetery.