Photographer, fisherman and local historian
few Conover citizens are not familiar with Don Barker.
A lifelong Conover resident and son of William J. and Lula Brady Barker,
Don is constantly researching and documenting the little known aspects
of our historic past. His latest projects have focused on our local
movie theaters and the semi-pro baseball teams of Catawba County.
And now, he has published a fascinating book on the City of Conover.
Don Barker, age 5, in front of the home he still lives in.
Don was the Operations Agent for several airlines, among them Piedmont Airlines in Hickory, National Airlines, out of Idlewild Airport in New York and Lake Central Airlines, out of Toledo, Ohio. He served as Line Chief at Cannon Aviation in Hickory, NC. Don was an avid aviation buff, serving in the US Air Force and also being an accomplished photographer, like his father.
Don's US Air Force service and his love of flight have been forever intertwined.
Don's neighbors marvel over his love of cats, especially Tiny.
But there was another, more beloved cat. Her name was Kitty.
"There's room on my horse for two"
Don has enthusiastically supported Bugles Across America.
Bugles Across America (BAA) was founded in 2000 as a result of P.L. 106-65 that states that every qualified veteran has a right to Military Funeral Honors. As a minimum, this calls for two people to fold and present the flag and to provide a sounding of Taps. A shortage of available military buglers was then addressed by allowing this sounding of Taps to be done by way of a recording. With this in mind, Bugles Across America was formed to provide live buglers to fill this need.
For his support, he was awarded this certificate.
photographic talent can be seen in his display of the beauty
of springtime in Conover and his award winning photographs (below).
"Broadway" "Freedom's Doorway"
Don's father, William
J. Barker, was an accomplished photographer.
Some of William J. Barker's photography
accomplishments may be viewed here:
Algiers: The Right Bank
The NCGWP Conover web site is grateful to Don for the many photos he has supplied, not just to this web site but to the City of Conover. Visitors to the Conover city hall may view dozens of these beautiful pictoral treasures of the past when walking through the foyer.
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