Harold Barton was the husband of Edith Barton and the father of Barney and Clint Barton. He and his family ran a butcher shop in Waverly, Iowa. Harold Barton was physically and verbally abusive to his wife and sons, especially when he drank. Eventually, he crashed his car while driving drunk, killing himself and his wife and leaving the two boys orphans. The boys were placed in an orphanage.[1]

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