Hubert Bury
Martha Alwine Sophie Papenkuhl
Frederick Hale
(Abt 1888-Bef 1943)
Violet Pearl Bury
Helen B. Hale


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1. Harold Shimer Barnes

Helen B. Hale 1 3 4

  • Born: 2 Aug 1913, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 4 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Harold Shimer Barnes on 30 Apr 1943 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 2
  • Died: 28 Feb 2013 at age 99 4

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-TPF.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Birth Certificate: Helen E. Hale, father Frederick age 25, machinist, mother Violet P. Bury, 21., 2 Aug 1913, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 6

2. Residence: 1735 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA on 2 Aug 1913 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 6

3. Census in 1920 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5 The 1920 Census shows that renting a home at 938 Hamilton Street in Allentown was the household of Horace N. Benfield, age 37, paper hanger, living with wife Helen C., age 34. Living with them are Martin H. Bury, brother in law, 21, a purchasing agent in a steel works; and Helen B. Hale, age 6 [Helen's neice who is the daughter of Violet P. Bury]. Helen's parents were both born in Germany, as was she, and her date of immigration is listed as 1887 [although it really was 1885.].

4. Residence: in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. The 1930 census recorded renting at 938 Hamilton St: Horace M. Benfield, paper hanger and painter, 47, living with wife Helen C., 44; and Helen's niece, Helen B. Hale, 16. Helen C. and her parents were born in Germany, the others in Pennsylvania.

5. Census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 7 The 1940 census recorded renting at 241 Ninth St: Helen Hale, nurse in doctor's office, 26, single, born in Pennsylvania, living with her aunt, Helen Benfield, widow, 55, born in Germany. They were in the same place in 1935. Hale had 3 years of college education, Benfield had completed the 8th grade. Hale had earned $1200 in 1939.

6. Occupation: registered nurse on 30 Apr 1943 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1

7. Residence: 241 North 9th Street, Allentown, PA on 30 Apr 1943 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1

8. Census in 1950 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 8 The 1950 census recorded living on Barnes Lane: Harold S. Barnes, setter in bobbin works, 42, living with wife Helen, 39; Mary P., 4; Nancy M. 3 and David T., 3. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

9. Residence: 2524 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA on 16 Jul 1972 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9

10. Newspaper: Morning Call: Allentown Woman Receives National Service Award, 27 Apr 2002, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 Allentown woman receives national service award
Helen Barnes has worked with Meals on Wheels for 31 years. -----

Helen Barnes could hardly believe it when her name was called to accept the national Spirit of Women award for community service last Saturday at an awards gala in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tears formed in her eyes as she got up and walked onstage to accept the honor. Barnes' guest and longtime friend Anna Jean Henry also cried during that special moment.

Barnes knew the day after Thanksgiving that she had won the regional award, but she said she never expected to be chosen from a pool of 12 nominees for the national honor.

"For a while, I had no feeling," Barnes said. "I was in shock."

The Spirit of Women awards began at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network as a program to recognize women of achievement.

It has grown nationally to include 19 health networks, 110 hospitals and a partnership with Mediametrix and Prevention magazine.

Barnes, 88, of southwest Allentown, has coordinated Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County for 31 years.

She helped pioneer the program after her twin son David was killed in the Vietnam War on April 28, 1968.

Although Barnes has served the community in other ways -- like helping to create the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Cedar Crest College -- she said Meals on Wheels was her favorite endeavor.

"It gives me pleasure and the volunteers pleasure," she said. "The service we provide is beyond imagination. It's just wonderful."

Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County started on Feb. 1, 1971, serving nine people. The program has expanded to 400 volunteers delivering meals to 360 homebound senior citizens daily, Monday through Friday.

All 35 award winners from various Spirit of Women hospitals were recognized at the Scottsdale gala. The local winner of the youth award was Abby A. Schafer of Schnecksville. Dr. Elizabeth A. Dellers of LVHHN won in the health care provider category.

Barnes received a Tiffany locket and a $1,000 charity donation in her name. She chose to give it to Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County.

Tanya Abreu, national director of Spirit of Women, said Barnes represented the true meaning of the award.

"Helen Barnes certainly reflects the lifetime of care and motivating the community to improve that the Spirit of Women awards was created for," she said. "She was a small package of huge energy and kindness."

11. Residence: 2701 Barnes Lane, Allentown, PA, 18103 in 2005 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.

Helen married Harold Shimer Barnes, son of Jacob Barnes and Catherine Key Hume, on 30 Apr 1943 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 2 (Harold Shimer Barnes was born on 19 Dec 1907 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA,11 12 13 14 died on 2 Dec 1981 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 11 14 15 and was buried on 5 Dec 1981 in Allentown: Fairview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 14.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. Harold and Helen obtained a marriage license on 30 Apr 1943 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1 name: Harold S. Barnes
event: Marriage
event date: 30 Apr 1943
event place: Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States
age: 35
estimated birth year: 1908
father: Jacob Barnes
mother: Catherine Hume
spouse: Helen B. Hale
spouse's age: 29
spouse's estimated birth year: 1914
spouse's father: Fred Hale
spouse's father's titles & terms:
spouse's mother: Violet Bury Barrigan
film number: 2080487
digital folder number: 004519681
image number: 00563.


1, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, Harold S. Barnes and Helen B. Hale, 1943.

2 Pennsylvania, U.S., Marriages, 1852-1854 ([database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Secretary of the Commonwealth. Series 26.28, Record and Indexes of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Microfilm, rolls 668-673. Records of the Department of State, Record Group 26. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Helen B. Hale m. Harold S. Barnes.

3 Barnes, Helen Hale, daughter of Violet Pearl Bury (Letters from Helen Hale Barnes. 2005-6.).

4 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Helen H. Barnes.

5 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Allentown Ward 3, Series: T625 Roll: 1588 Page: 124.

6, Pennsylvania, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1906-1913, Helen Hale b. 2 Aug 1913 Philadelphia PA.

7 1940 United States Census, Helen Hale and Helen Benfield, Ward 4, Allentown, Allentown City, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-10, sheet 15B, family 359.

8 "1950 United States Census," Harold S Barnes Allentown PA.

9 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 16 Jul 1972, page 76.

10 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 27 Apr 2002.

11 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

12 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Allentown Ward 9, Series: T624 Roll: 1364 Page: 57.

13 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Salisbury Township, Series: T625 Roll: 1590 Page: 195.

14 Find A Grave,

15 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 4 Dec 1981, page 32. Obituary of Harold S. Barnes.

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