Barrows, Walter B., 1883-1923

Alternative Title

Ward's Employee


Biographical text

Instructor in physics and chemistry Colegio Nacional, Concepcion del Uruguay, Argentine Republic, S.A., 1879-1881
Instructor in Science, Mass. State Normal School, Westfield, Mass., 1881-1882,
Instructor in Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., 1882-1886.
Instructor in Botany, Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., 1884-1886
First Asst. Ornithologist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1886-1894
Professor of Zoology and Physiology, Michigan Agricultural College, East Lansing, Mich., since 1894

Schmidt notes about WNSE staff

Son of New England Minister.
Came to Wards in 1876, left in 1879.
While at Wards he disposed of his bird skins to the establishment and to E.N.G.
To College of Concepcion del Uruguay, Argentina.

Married one of the Misses Withall (Elizabeth) who had also been a favorite of Lucas and Fred Howell. The 4 or 5 Misses Withall were daughters of the Superintendent of Grounds (Elijah Withall) of the University of Rochester; one or two of them were members of the Shakespeare Club.

Elijah Withall’s one son went to Bureau of Printing.

Barrows was in charge of Establishment in January 1879. Lucas [apparently?] off on some job.

(Find obituary in Science)

Date of Birth


Place of birth

Grantville, Massachusetts, United States of America

Date of Death


Place of death

East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America



"Barrows, Walter B., 1883-1923.", People, Ward Project, accessed July 4th, 2020,

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