Obadiah J. Barker

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Obadiah J. Barker, Jr. (October 31, 1856 – July 1908) was a Los Angeles business man and the founder and president of the furniture company, Barker Brothers. Born in Bloomfield, Indiana, Barker moved with his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado as a young man. He attended Colorado College and also attended dental school in St. Louis. However, he did not complete dental school and moved to Los Angeles with his parents and brothers in 1880. The family began a successful furniture business on Spring Street in Los Angeles. The company became one of the world's biggest house-furnishing stores.[1] Barker died suddenly at the Lankershim Hotel in July 1908 at age 51.[2]


  1. ^ "The Los Angeles Spirit". Time. 1945-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Last Rites for O.J. Barker Will Be Thursday: Death of President of Barker Bros., While Family Is Scattered, Was Sudden". Los Angeles Times. 1908-07-28.