Fred and Lillian Barnes came to Vermilion County in March 1946 when Fred came to work for Harlan
Johnson’s Funeral Home. They lived at his funeral home at 522 East Main Street, in Danville, until they moved
to his funeral home in Oakwood in August 1946. In November 1949 Fred went to work for Harrison Rogers in his
grocery store. In 1953, Fred became a partner with Harrison in the grocery store. There was a fire in After that they bought the adjoining lots from Art Casteel and enlarged the store. Later, they built a new store just east of the old store and tore down the old grocery building. In 1979 they enlarged the store.
Fred Barnes Family. Thanksgiving 1957 1 Steve 11, Jack 6 112, Joe 3 112. In 1951 Fred and Lillian bought a
lot on South Oakwood Street in Oakwood from Charles and Nell Oakwood. They added on several additions and presently live there. They had four sons: Steven Walter, born November 27, 1946, Phil Alan, born September 20, 1949, who lived only a few hours, Jack Dennis, born June 19, 1951, and Joe Alan, born April 12, 1954.
Fred and Lillian joined the Oakwood Methodist Church soon after coming to Oakwood. the boys
were all confirmed there later. Lillian has been a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for many years.
Fred belonged to the Lions Club as long as it was active. He still belongs to Vincent Hays
Legion Post #610 and Lillian belongs to the Legion Auxiliary. All of the boys played baseball when
they were growing up in Oakwood. Fred helped coach and was also active in Cub Scouts. Lillian
was a Den Mother.
Steve graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Education. He taught and
coached at Westville Junior High for nine and one-half years. He has a wife Carol, and a daughter,
When Harrison Rogers retired, Steve became a partner with his father in the grocery store. In
1984 Steve and his family moved to Oregon after selling the store. He died in February 1985.
Jack attended Eastern Illinois University for two years and then transferred to the University of
Illinois where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. He was in ROTC and after graduation was
inducted into the army. He retired in 1994 after twenty years and now is the Director of Public
Services in Garden City, Michigan. He has two children, Julie and Michael.
Joe graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Accounting. After graduation
he worked at Lakeview Hospital in Danville, Illinois. In 1979 he accepted a position as comptroller
of Preston County Hospital in Kingwood, West Virginia. In 1982 he took a position as CPA in the
firm of Doak, Cuppett, and Poling in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He later became a partner in the
firm. He and his wife have two children, Amy and Jason.