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BARTNETT, Peter E
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
II, page 216, 1923.
BARTNETT, PETER E. His father being a contractor, PETER E. BARTNETT practically grew up in
the atmosphere of construction work, and that has been his regular business for twenty years
or more. Mr. BARTNETT since locating at Miami has had a prominent part in the great building
campaign which has accompanied the city's remarkable increase in population.
Mr. BARTNETT was born at New Rochelle, New York, in 1877, son of ROBERT and HELEN P. (HURLEY)
BARTNETT. He was educated in the public school of New Rochelle, learned several branches of
the mechanical trade entering into the building industry, and he was associated with his
father and other contractors at New Rochelle.
Mr. BARTNETT has been prominent since coming to Florida in the Spanish-American War Veterans.
In the Spring of 1890 he enlisted in New York City at the recruiting office at the corner of
Forty-second Street and Park Avenue, on the site of the present Belmont Hotel, as a private
in Company L., of the Twenty-sixth United States Volunteers. He enlisted for service in the
Philippine Insurrection, and went to the Philippines with his regiment. He was on active
duty with his command for twenty-two months on the Island of Panay, with headquarters at
Ilo-Ilo. While there he participated in thirteen engagements with the insurrectionists. The
campaigning in fact was almost continuous, and his regiment suffered the loss of between
ninety and a hundred men.
After his honorable discharge from this service Mr. BARTNETT returned to New York and engaged
in the contracting business with his father. In 1916 he left New Rochelle and came to Miami.
Here for some time he specialized as a contractor on plastering and stucco work, but for
several years past has been a general contractor, building both residential and commercial
structures, and has handled a large and gratifying volume of business in this line.
Mr. BARTNETT has taken an active part in both the local and state organizations of the
Spanish-American War Veterans. In 1919 he was honored by his comrades with election to the
office of State Commander of this organization for the department of Florida, and served in
that capacity one year. He is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
and is a past official of the Royal Arcanum. Mr. BARTNETT married Miss EDITH MANEY of New
Rochelle. Their four children are PETER E. Jr., LESLIE ROBERT, ELLIOTT and EDITH.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
©2010 Fran Smith
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