David W. Barto, farmer on section 29, Deerfield Tp., is a son of Orrin M. and Esther (Averill) Barto, who came from their native, Vermont, to Kalamazoo Co., Mich., in 1840, and there passed the remaining years of their lives. David W. was born in Kalamazoo County July 4, 1843. His lived there for the first 22 years of his life, and spent the succeeding 18 months in Kansas and Nebraska. He returned home, and remained two and one half years, when he again repaired to Kansas and pre-empted 160 acres of land. He sold out at the end of four and one half years, at which time he purchased 80 acres of land in Mecosta County, now his homestead and under partial improvement.
Mr. Barto was married in Barry Co., Mich., Nov. 14, 1872, to Fannie A., daughter of J.W. and Mary A. Miles, natives of Ohio, who emigrated thence to Barry County, and later to Kansas, whence they returned to Michigan, and are now resident at Manistee. Mr. and Mrs. Barto have two children, Ella P., born March 4, 1876 and Lina B., born Sept. 21, 1877. Mr. Barto is an adherent of the Republican Party.