From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
DECEMBER 3, 1909
The death of James Barner occurred at the home of his father-in-law, Daniel B. Puffer, on Maple street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, on Thursday afternoon shortly after two o'clock. He had been in feeble health for several years, being afflicted with a valvular heart trouble, which finally cause his death.
James Barner was born near Cullom, Ill. on October 26, 1872. His parents having died when he was a small boy, he was reared by Mrs. Amelia Conrad, who now resides the the southwest part of this city, but who then lived in the vicinity of Cullom.
James Barner was united in marriage with Miss Ella Puffer, of Chatsworth, on December 11, 1895. Four children were born to the union -- May, Flora, Bruce and Ruth -- the last being less than a year of age. In addition to the bereaved wife and children he is survived by three sisters and two brothers -- Mrs. T.H. Dewey, of Little Falls, Minn.; Miss Fannie Barner, of St. Paul; Mrs. John C. Beckman, of Rensselaer, Ind.; A.L. Barner, of Centralia, Wash.; William Barner, who reside near Cullom.
With the exception of a few years' residence in Iowa and in Fairbury, Mr. and Mrs. Barner have made their home in Chatsworth since their marriage. By his honest, straightforward manner, kindly disposition and quiet temperament, James Barner made many friends, by whom he will be greatly missed. He was a kind husband and devdoted father and the sympathy of the entire community is with the grief stricken wife and little children.
The funeral services will be held at the Chatsworth Baptist church on Saturday afternoon at one thirty o'clock and the interment will be at the Chatsworth cemetery. The remains may be viewed at the house only.