David Barry obituary

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David Barry obituary - SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 19S4 Noted Photographer of...
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 19S4 Noted Photographer of Indians Dies DAVID BARRY 80 YEARS OLD Slope Pioneer Succumbs in Superior llsmarck -i a feature article the Superior life. Bern- moved to Superior from Bismarck about 40 years ago. Telt-Kra-T.'s s:ory in uari follows: a musty, dusty little place that hawk, moccasins, buflalo robes os; valuable of the collection, of e. is the copious supply of photo-Indian, black narr falling about Zc. b.-.-.L-.i c:,. :. :.- that C. Gall, whom Mr. Barry regarded "It hicf ( of Gen. Gt-orce A. Cu 5 Lit- tie Bighorn river, near the Bighorn mountains in Montana. Thursday June 25. 1876. when Custer and all of his 277 troopers were slain by 3.000 Indians, the worst Indian massacre in history. When Custer's widow saw the portrait of Gall, the pride of the Barry collection, she said Painful as it is for me to look upon the pictured face of an Indian. I never dreamed in all my life there could be so fine a specimen of a warrior, as Chief Gall.' "'The greatest and strongest In- i lunged at Bar- i fit of lempcr. Cornered, th I r.if:-- is a portrait in color of the most p Barry's, lute when Buffalo I Bill i Superior with his wn Tower avenue same carriage with Barrv. wl persuaded him to include Suoerlnr in his Itinerary. The Barry photograph full stature of what one writer man that ever lived.' 'My Heart Is on the Ground' His portrait of Rain-ln-the-Face always recalled to Barry his last ii.ccmiB un mat great chieftain. itain-in-tne-race came to Barry'i cramped leave, he stripped off his Take them,' he said In guttural tones, and whenever you look upon My heart is on the ground ' Th chief turned and walked away, bare- wish of Rain-ln-the-Face 1905 was that his nk him for what hn h been to me; he said. 'And if possible. ath I nlc of him and v for h Sitting Bull's Death dians who marched across the hori- of Barry's memory. Sitting Bull. a to one oi me medicine wives shortly after he was slain isting arrest, and was informed Bull had sat hunched in his blanket Spirit. When he returned his t i told 1 arncd him he die before the next sunset. told of Crow King's prowess shortly (Jiisrers last stand. Crow King right through Custer's men, fir-:o right and left again. 'After mat. tne ngnt was practically over, Barry reminisced. "Rain-ln-the-Face, GalJ, John Grass. Sitting Bull, Spotted Eagle, Crazy Horse, Circling Bear, what a wild, untamed band! Their enemies, Generals Custer. Nelson A Miles. Sam Sturcess. George A. Crook, Alfred H. Terry. F W. Brnteen, E. S. Godfrey, GeorRe Forsyth and John Gibbons: Capt. Myles Keogh. Capl. Tom Mc-Dougall. Scout Charles Reynolds, Major McLaughlin. MaJ. Marcus A. Keno. What gallants they were! Barry knew them all. "A few years apo. General Godfrey, then 89 years old. wrote to Barry from New Jersey, signing the .letter.. IFour. Aces.' Immediately Barry recalled an incident he had almost forgotten. Recalls Poker Game I "In 1887 at Fort Yates. North Dakota. General Godfrey and several other Indian fighters were assembled at a poker game. Tile photographer held four kings In his hand and boosted the game accordingly. The others dropped out until there were but two of them left, Godfrey and "Barry raised by lives and larger sums, but Godfrey boosted the game only a dollar at a time. Bidding con tinued untii Barry bt-cai of his large raises and Godfrey lar i ally." Barry said, 'I id threw my cards H i the table, saying. ' four aces.' And sux there were four aces in "Barry was born March ( 1854, Honeoy Falls, Monroe county. Nev York, and In 1861 the family ml- ted westward, settling first a: Ostego. Wis., remaining there a year Ohio. With a yearning for the adventure of the frontier. Barry carai :o Bismarck. N. D., while stu twenties. He had already learn ed photography, having received his first training as a water carrier to upstairs gallery in Columbus. Named tittle Shadow Catcher- When he reached the frontier, the outbreaks, between the whi the Incians were Just begi rung. Photography proved his e long before he was in the thick of things. In photographing the In- their fears and superstitions. They regarded nim as a i strange being who could trai plant the human body on a piece paper. Hence his name, 'Little Shadow Catcher.' lost remarkable feature of Barry s photographs is that they are produce them under adverse conditions. The taking of each picture a scientific experiment. There were no factory -coated plates. r patented developing solutions that orked in the hands of every novice. "Immediately after Mr. Barry took picture ne naa to aeveiop it. Thi as no sending it to a drug store and calling for It the next day. Mr. Barry half hour after each picture was ta- : was traveling, he had to on his hands and knees and develop the plate. Barry was well paid for his plc-res, since they appeared in practi-lly all of the leading magazines of ,e world. Years ago, Leslie's and Harpers featured his photographs in pioneer in Superior, lived here 40 years. vcr, dbttaguished stage, favor-. I noo-hio ! m- be in in of aaugn-ter. He ites the The 'To and Bill)

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  1. The Bismarck Tribune,
  2. 10 Mar 1934, Sat,
  3. Page 6

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