He was one of the representative business men of Battle Creek, Ida County, Ia., since 1881. In 1878, he married Hannah Gillmore of Jackson County, Iowa. They had two children: Roy and Archie. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois, born June 5, 1852, son of William and Elizabeth Barrick, natives of England. When A. A. was a year old, his father moved to Clinton County, Ia., and on a farm he grew to manhood.

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He served an apprenticeship to the blacksmith’s trade and was engaged in business on the Maquoketa road one year. He engaged in blacksmithing in Morris County, Ks., for 3 years. In 1881, he came to Battle Creek to do blacksmithing and in 1889 he opened up a stock of farming implements. He had Caultmen threshers and Goodhue and Globe windmills.

He had been a member of the City Council 6 years.