| "Eighty years ago the first postoffice in Marshall County and one of the first in the state of Kansas was established at Barrett, Kas. H. W. Swift was appointed as the first postmaster.|
"The town of Barrett, which is three miles southwest of here on the central branch of the Missouri Pacific, was one of the earliest settlements in the county and first was known as Barrett's Mill.
"The town was established in 1857 and the postoffice was started the same year. A small store furnished some necessary supplies to the settlers and with the schoolhouse, which was started in 1858, a saw and grist mill and the postoffice, Barrett became an important place to early day settlers on the Kansas plains."
-- Newspaper Account.