Henry Barricklow

The Old Castle 1857-1858
First home of Baker University
A three story building of native sandstone. Barricklow was a founder and trustee of the school.
[Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce]

Henry Barricklow (1798-1872) was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania and had lived since 1813 in Ohio county, Indiana. In 1852, he went to Kansas looking for land when the territory opened for settlement. He returned in 1855 with his wife and their nine children to Palmyra Township in Douglas county to build a cabin. [Markham, John Baldwin, 294] Barricklow and his three brothers were members of the Palmyra town company, laying out the town in 1855 on 320 acres near the Santa Fe Trail, south of Lawrence. [Cutler, Douglas County, Part 34]

Barricklow was a "devoutly religious person" and "Leader" of the first Methodist Class in Palmyra, as he had been in Indiana where he had led classes for 37 years without missing a Sunday. After Palmyra was incorporated into Baldwin City, Barricklow became a charter member of the Baldwin City Methodist Episcopal Church. In March 1857 the five founders Baker University met in Barricklow's home to found the Methodist college, toward which Barricklow contributed several thousand dollars. He was a long serving member of the Board of Trustees and Vice President from 1863 to 1867. [Lewis, United States Biographical, 410]

Barricklow was a delegate to the Big Springs meeting and election judge for the Free State Legislative election. He was elected to the Douglas County Board of Supervisors in October 1857 and served for several years. In 1860 he attended the Railroad Convention in Topeka deciding the future of railroads in Kansas. [Glick, Railroad Convention, 473]

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