Herbert Barness, 74, a millionaire real estate developer...

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September 08, 1998

Herbert Barness, 74, a millionaire real estate developer and prominent Republican fund-raiser, died Saturday in Doylestown, Pa.

Mr. Barness' family business, the Barness Organization, is one of the largest developers of houses and shopping malls in the area. His parents, Mary and Joe Barness, launched the business 73 years ago.

Mr. Barness used his wealth to support the political campaigns of prominent Republicans, such as Sen. Arlen Specter. He was a member of the Republican National Committee at the time of his death.

Tommy Bartlett,84, who helped make Wisconsin Dells a major tourist attraction, died Sunday of kidney failure in Madison, Wis.

In 1948, Mr. Bartlett founded a touring ski, sky and stage show in Chicago. He gave it a permanent home five years later in Wisconsin Dells, a community about 116 miles northwest of Milwaukee known for its beautiful rock formations, cliffs and forests along the Wisconsin River.

Today, the show features water-ski, aerial and trapeze acts as well as comedians, jugglers and other performers. Wisconsin Dells has grown into a tourist mecca of flashing lights, faux waterfalls and theme parks that attracts millions of people to the city of about 2,500 residents each year.

Years before his thrill show, Mr. Bartlett had a broadcasting career. He began at the age of 13 in Milwaukee, working for WISN in 1927. He also worked for 11 radio stations and ABC, CBS and NBC television.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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