Lucien A. Barnes

Lucien Barnes. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

Lucien A. Barnes is one of the active and prominent men of affairs of Duluth, who has done much for its development and betterment. He was born at Little Rock, Ark., January 13, 1871, and is a son of Julius and Florence (Coit) Barnes, natives of New York, who settled in Arkansas soon after the close of the Civil War.

Lucien acquired his education in the public schools of Albion, Mich., and at Albion College, and began his business career as bookkeeper for a lumber company in Arkansas. He went to Duluth in 1890, and after a course of study in the Commercial College, in 1891, settled in West Duluth, and as junior member of the firm of Hoyt and Barnes, engaged in real estate, fire insurance and loaning business. At a later date Mr. Barnes purchased his partners’ interest in the business, and since has carried it on in his own name. Seeing the possibilities of his part of the city, Mr. Barnes has entered heartily into the various projects and enterprises looking to its development that have been set on foot. He is now a member of the firm of M. S. Shore and Company. He helped to organize the Western State Bank of Duluth, and since it opened, in 1905, has served as its vice president. He served as a member of the city council eight years, and since 1907 has been a member of the board of education. He is a director of the Duluth Real Estate Exchange and treasurer of the Duluth-Mesaba Iron Company; is a charter member and is now serving as treasurer of the West Duluth Commercial Club. He is also president of the West Duluth Republican Club, secretary of the Duluth Playground Association, and a director of the Young Men’s Christian Association.

He is identified with numerous benevolent and fraternal organizations; being past master of Euclid Lodge, No. 198, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and holding membership in the Knights of Pythias, Modern Samaritans, Royal League, Modern Brotherhood, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Modern Woodmen of America, the Independent Order of Foresters and the Knights of the Maccabees.

In 1889, Mr. Barnes married Miss Florence Cochran, of Duluth, and they have one child, James Cochran Barnes.


  • Woodbridge, Dwight and John Pardee, eds. History of Duluth and St. Louis County Past and Present Vols. 1 – 2. C. F. Cooper & Company, Chicago: 1922.
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