Charley Barber headed west in 1894, “I was now seventeen years of age, so I determined to go West somehow. I left home on the bum, stealing my way in an empty boxcar to Chicago. In the Santa Fe yards I found a new engine and watertank hooked into a train headed for Kansas City. I crawled inside the watertank of the tender with my handbag, a bottle of water, and some sandwiches. It was a cold place to ride at night, but when the sun hit that painted iron the next day, I soon got warm – too warm. I stayed right there for forty-eight hours, then looked out at the bright lights of a big city. “I was in Kansas City when I found that I was covered with iron rust from head to foot. I rested up for a day and night, then decided to try another way of traveling. It did not hurt my conscience to steal a ride from the railroads, but I had no intention of begging a meal, so I had to conserve my money.” In the 1940s at the urging of his friend and colleague Karl P. Schmidt of the Field Museum in Chicago, Charley was encouraged to write the stories of his time as a museum collector in the American Southwest, Mexico and Guatemala. Charley ultimately came to the realization that he was preserving not only a bit of the history of field collecting, but also the memories of his mentors and colleagues and the life that he and his contemporaries led. His stories reveal the adventure and danger of this business through Charley's eyes, along with a good deal of equally displayed humor. Charley's first trip west turned into a lifelong pursuit of natural history, zoology and paleontology. The majority of Charley's recollections cover the time period from 1903 through 1908, which were the years when Charley was employed as a field collector for the Field Museum. These previously unpublished manuscripts are a fascinating look into life of the exacting natural scientist who often had to rely on none but himself for survival in remote and dangerous settings. During the Victorian Age in America, a fascination with systems, order and control created a desire to classify the natural world. In this era of rugged individuals embracing traditional values, libraries and museums were seen as civilizing entities. The role of the museum collector merged that rugged character with the rigor of the natural scientist to deliver our natural history to the masses. Charles M. Barber (1876-1954) was one such individual.
Summary excerpted from Chapter 2: The 5-Phase Career Model
This book provides a very unique, yet practical, view of career management. The book is written for those pursuing a career, whatever the vocation or level. It is especially useful for college students or recent graduates of any level or educational/training program, as well as those still early in their careers. However, even career professionals will find valuable information that may help them plan the remainder of their own careers or guide newly-hired employees. I have developed The 5-Phase Career Model based upon my own career experience. This model is further supported by faith-based principles to guide the reader in developing sound, solid and ethical work habits. I use my own experiences as examples providing insight into career development through the good times and the bad times. It is perhaps understated to say that there has been much written about careers. For the most part, the authors of those books generally talk about three phases: 1) an early phase when you are still learning and full of potential, 2) a middle phase when you are applying your knowledge and moving forward with experience, and 3) a final phase where you have either charged fully and confidently ahead as a leader, or you have passed your most effective years and are in a decline. You basically go from a growth phase and into a mature phase through gains in your knowledge and experience. This would not be a misleading representation of a career; however, I feel it leaves out some important issues, challenges, questions and opportunities you will face in your career development. While your age and experience are key factors in your career, there are other influences and challenges you will meet in the workplace along the way that will help to shape you. There are contributions you will make that will influence your growth and advancement. How these will be viewed may be very different depending upon where you are in your career development. How you establish your personal goals will differ depending upon where you are in your career. That is why goals must be reviewed on a regular basis. And, finally, how you handle success and failure will say a lot about your character development along the way. What I do is look a little closer and deeper into you and your contributions as an employee. I talk about the activities in which you will engage. I look at the concerns you may be having along the way. I explore your motives and your needs as you grow and develop. I want to help you see how your company may be viewing you at the different stages of your career. As I have said, much depends on your experience and your maturity. But, it is with more than just your experience and maturity in mind that I will define those career phases in a more refined manner through The 5-Phase Career Model. I want to help you see the meaning of each phase and how you can better understand your own personal development along the way. As I traveled my own career path, there were times I questioned why I was being given certain assignments or why I was passed over for new positions or why my talents were not being used as I thought they should. Did my managers really understand my background and my talents? Did they not see the potential in my abilities? Why was it taking so long for my talents to be recognized? Or, why didn't my co-workers immediately see the benefits of some of the new ideas and new methods I was bringing forward? After all, I was just out of college and had the latest and greatest training. Or, later, after I had worked on some projects with the accountants or the engineers or the marketers, I was certainly ready to take on greater responsibilities. Why did I need to go through more training? Why was I being trained in areas I was sure I would never use? How did I not see that I wasn't nearly as ready as I thought I was? Well, it has in part to do with that experience and maturity. We often think we have advanced further in our growth and abilities than we have, most especially early in our careers. Sometimes that self-confidence will outpace our maturity. It also has to do with how others view us, both our managers and our co-workers. It has to do with the goals that your manager should be helping you to establish. It has to do with the potential that others see in you, as well as your perceived value to the company as a whole. I was fortunate to have some good managers who saw the potential in me and helped me to develop at a good pace. They put me through training to prepare me for future positions. They were guiding me with a foresight that I did not have as a fresh young gun out of college. As I did gain experience and maturity, it all became much clearer for me. That, however, would lead to additional issues as I encountered managers who were not as forward looking or as entrepreneurial as I had become. You can, as I did, begin to enter a transition period where you question with some degree of knowledge how you are, or are not, being directed. It is then that you see the real need for managing your own career. It becomes clear that you are the one ultimately responsible for your professional development. Now, goal setting takes on a whole new meaning for you. It is near the end of your career when you finally gain all that wisdom that you are able to share with others as you are able to guide them in their career development. It is similar to the time when you realized that your parents were not so dumb after all. You began to have adult conversations with them and discuss adult issues and topics. That is the maturity part of it. Well, it was with this background that I began to think about how a typical career developed. It was with this in mind that I refined a framework within which you can look at your own career journey. These five phases of career development will help you understand a great deal about your situation at every step of the way. You will have a better understanding of why you might be feeling the way you are at certain points in your career. This understanding will help you to better cope with those feelings. As you understand yourself, it is also important to remember that others are at their own mile-marker on the road of their careers. This can help you better understand how to interact with others. You will see how your strengths and weaknesses work in your career path. This will help you in setting your goals and expectations. It may also assist you in understanding the expectations that others have of you in various situations. You may better understand why you are getting the assignments and training that you are and see how those assignments and that training will benefit your development in both the near-term and the long-term. I have defined The 5-Phase Career Model based upon your role and your value within the overall business organization over time. Note that I stated your value within the overall business organization; I am not talking about your value as a human being. I am only talking about the value that you represent to the business in which you are working as a productive employee. You will see that in looking at your career in this manner, you could be within any of these phases for a varying amount of time based upon your experience and maturity as well as on your personal and professional goals. As an example, if, and when, you change jobs, you may jump into the very first phase again. Your time in this phase will vary depending upon your experience and the needs of the business. These five phases of a career are fundamental in nature to any career path. The most obvious application of them is with someone at the beginning of their career, basically your first position after completing your training (trade school, college, etc.). You will be able to get the most from understanding these phases. At the same time, however, these phases apply to you should you move to a new position or a new company. For even in those situations, you are starting over to some degree. So, we will look at how experience, time and your value to the organization affect the phase whether you are just beginning your journey or are simply making a change along the way. A good example, and one we will look at more closely along the way, is the new beginnings that the disciples of Christ were experiencing as they began their new careers after leaving behind their old ones. They were experienced, and maybe some of the best, at their old jobs, but now they were in totally new careers. We will see how they experienced the five career phases in these new careers. I will also share personal experiences from my own career. While I am not saying that my career was special in some way or that I had some premonition early in my career that led me to a particular understanding, I am saying that my career was not untypical in nature in its overall development. It consisted of successes and failures, highs and lows, and consistency and upheaval. Yes, it contained all of those critical aspects of a career that you will face and that will mold you as you develop. Underlying all of this are faith-based principles that will provide a solid foundation upon which to build your successful career. It is critical that you strengthen and maintain this foundation for the rest of your career journey.
Born in 1876, Charles Melvin Barber hitch-hiked across the southwestern United States in 1890. Recuperating from tuberculosis, he attended New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (the present day New Mexico State University) beginning in 1897. He associated with contemporaries including T.D.A. Cockerell, C. Hart Merriam (one of the original founders of the National Geographic Society), C.H.T. Townsend and Edmund Heller, among others. He traveled throughout the southwest, Mexico and Central America collecting plant and animal specimens for many major U.S. Museums.
He worked for the U.S. Biological Survey in its early years and for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago 1903-1908. After leaving the Field Museum, Charley continued as a freelance museum collector for the remainder of his life providing a majority of his finds to the Field Museum. His love of turtle fossils from the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth led to his discovery of at least two new species as a “bone digger.”
To my family, he was simply Uncle Charley, someone I never met, but someone who inspired me with family stories of his explorations. He was that great adventurer figure that every kid of my age longed to read of.
In a search for an old family photo album, a photographic journal of one of Charley’s expeditions was uncovered. The album that inspired this book is presented in full as Part 1 of the book. The photos, however, led me to a deep desire to learn more about his life.
Thus, following the photographic journal is a biography of his adventurous life beyond his work as a guide as shown in the photo journal. You will look into his world of collecting museum specimens and his ultimate passion for prehistoric turtles. You will see how he lived, his relationships with his contemporaries, his love for life and his dedication to friendship. Much of his story is told in his own words from his letters. This latest edition of the book also includes some stories that Charley wrote as he tried to preserve the life that he and his contemporaries led in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s.
A History of the Ira Barber Family Beginning in 1786
This line of the Barber family begins with the birth of Ira Barber in 1786, just about the time of the birth of our country with the United States Constitution setting us on a critical path in our world’s history. It is obvious that this time of our history influenced the direction of the lives of many Americans for the next couple of centuries, and certainly the core character of the Barber family was influenced by these developments. We will see how Ira, a farmer and a blacksmith, charged headlong into the future when he moved his family into the country’s remote western reaches of Indiana in the late-1830s or early-1840s. He would have been in his fifties in age when he and his family made this move traveling on the Erie Canal and the Chicago Road to their destination in La Porte County, Indiana. Through the first five generations of Ira Barber's descendants, you will see true-hearted families with a strong work ethic and accomplished skills and trades. You will view these early generations in the context of their times and places with insights into transportation, economic issues, monetary challenges and simple things like clothing the family. You will get a glimpse of working in the wagon and carriage making businesses and see how the Barbers continued to be hard-working, skilled, ethical and family oriented – attributes that today's descendants of Ira Barber share. The text of the nearly 270-page book covers five generations of the Barber family beginning with Ira. But, I have included a complete descendant chart of all the relatives I have located which covers eight generations. You will be able to see 450 relatives in this 65-page chart. This includes an index of names and places for easy reference. The book also includes over 100 photographs, maps and illustrations. Come along on the journey and see how history developed the character of the Barbers ... from New York to Indiana.