1896 - 1976 (79 years)
||John Hamilton Barrett |
||Sep 18, 1896
||Okalousa, Louisiana, USA
||Feb 22, 1976
||Handsboro, Mississippi, USA
- Birth place could have been Monroe, LA.
Prior to WWI, John Hamilton Barrett worked in an industry which distilled the resin from pine trees. It was located close to what is today Coast Materials in Gulfport, MS. He tried to enlist in WWI, but was told he was underweight, and already employed in an industry that was vital to the war effort. He is, however, listed in a US GEN WEB page listing WWI survivors from Harrison County. The speculation is that even though he did not enlist, his occupation was considered a war effort.
Later, he worked at the Veteran's Administration, on the beach in Gulfport. Though he had left school at an early age, he was classified as an "engineer" and worked in the boiler room. He worked there for approximately 30 years.
In his retirement, he ran Barrett's Pecans, a pecan cracking business on Pass Road in Gulfport. The pecan business continues with his children and grandchildren. He had an avid interest in coast history, collecting old bottles and other memorabilia, and was a member of the local archaeological society.
In his early years, he loved to hunt and fish, and as an old man, he would get very excited about finding deer and turkey tracks in the woods while off on archaeological digs in Hancock County. Most of Mississippi was "hunted out" through the 30's and 40's, and not until conservation and hunters efforts in the 50's did deer return in any numbers.
In his retirement years, he was a school bus driver, and would delight the children with his yodeling and gospel singing. He also loved to whittle and carve, and tiny monkeys and baskets carved out of peach pits were given to many school children of the area. He played the fiddle and would often go to "jam sessions" with some of his cronies.
He was a member of the Handsboro United Methodist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Polar Star Lodge No. 154, a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite of Gulfport, a member of the Grotto and a member of the Amaranth. He held the King Knight York Cross of Honor, was a member of the Jobs Daughters, the Handsboro Eastern Star Chapter, the Wahabi Shrine Temple in Jackson, a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, and a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Archaeology Association.
||May 2, 2008 |
||Thomas C. Barrett, b. Sep 13, 1874, Philadelphia, Neshoba county, Mississippi, USA , d. Nov 21, 1937, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA (Age 63 years) |
||Julia Mae Walters, b. Apr 15, 1877, d. Jun 27, 1957, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA (Age 80 years) |
||Helen Kathleen Schmitt, b. May 28, 1897, d. Jun 25, 1982, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA (Age 85 years) |
||Jun 22, 1922
||Gulfport, Mississippi, USA
|+||1. Hermine Mae Barrett, b. Aug 03, 1923, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA , d. Aug 30, 1990, Handsboro, Mississippi, USA (Age 67 years)|
|+||2. [dau] Barrett, d. |