Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains items relating to the life and work of Prenith L. (Bob) Bartley, and consists primarily of records of his community service with Optimist International and as a 32nd degree Mason in Winchester, VA. He is a member of Winchester Hiram Lodge #21 A.M. & F.M. and served as Master. There are also photographs, which are included in the Photograph Collection in the Archives.
(1 box) Last updated 11/14.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Prenith L. “Bob’ Bartley was born in Kentucky on October 18, 1931, and moved with his family to Winchester, VA in 1937. He owned and operated Bartley Orthopedic and Shoe Repair Shops in Winchester and the tri-state area for sixty years. Bartley owned and operated Hess Shoe Store and Shoe Service in Berryville as well as the Triangle Diner, Grim’s Shoe Repair, and Bartley Real Estate.
He was also involved in community service during most of his adult life as a member of Optimist International, and Winchester Hiram Lodge #21 A.M. & F.M. He is also a Shriner and served as President of the Winchester Shrine Club twice and the Blue Ridge Shrine Club once, and a member of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the collection.
CITE AS:: Prenith L. (Bob) Bartley Collection 775 THL Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
“1981-1986, P. L. “Bob” Bartley Serves Two Terms as Chairman of the Downtown Development Board”, 1 leaf, typescript
Bartley Family Genealogy, 3 items/typescript
Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 13 items printed/typescript
Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 Installation of Officers Dec 1986, 3 items, printed
Winchester Shrine Club Kena Temple, 1 item/printed
Knights Templar City of Winchester, 1 item/printed
Virginia Royal Arch Masons, 2 items/printed
Virginia Chapter Order of Knights Preceptor, 1 item/printed
Achievement Awards Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, 3 items/printed
Hiram Lodge No. 21 Newspaper Articles, 6 items/printed
Music -- List of Songs that have been copyrighted by P. L. (Bob) Bartley, January 6, 2014, 9 leaves, printed
Music -- Recording Contracts – 6 Songs contracted to Majestic Records Corporation by P. L. (Bob) Bartley, 6 leaves, printed
“It Hurts to See You Cry,” December 14, 2013
“I’m Coming Home,”, December 24, 2013
“After the Lovin’s Over,” December 24, 2013
“If You Hear a Heart Break,” January 14, 2014
“After This Life,” January 17, 2014
“Christmas Has Come Again My Dear,” February 7, 2014
Optimist International Dated Material 2008-1980, 28 items/printed/typescript
Optimist International Dated Material 1979-1958, 34 items/printed/typescript
Optimist Club of Winchester – History, 1 item/typescript
Optimist Newspaper Articles, 13 items/printed
Optimist Magazine Source Book Issue 1978, 1 item/printed
Optimist International Undated Material, 12 items/postcard/typescript/handwritten
Optimist Ribbons, Tags, and Pins, 6 items/ribbons/tags/pins
Patents – 3 Patents received by P. L. (Bob) Bartley, 14 leaves, printed
Pocket Door Stop, February 3, 2014, 3 leaves
Personal Urine Funnel and transfer tube, September 26, 2013, 8 leaves
Razor Handle Modification, February 3, 2014, 3 leaves
Two Scrapbooks on Bookshelf
Scrapbook -- Photographs, Correspondence, Activities of Winchester Optimist Club, 1965-1966, president, William “Bill” Locke
Scrapbook – Photographs, Correspondence, club activities of Optimist Club, 1973-1974
Local Democratic Party Notices, photos of Virginia Lt. Gov. Raleigh
Emery, Photos and Newspaper clips of Bob Bartley’s term as club president,
May 2, 1974 Program for Apple Blossom Festival Luncheon, Death notice,
Betty J. Campbell, Born Feb. 10, 1929, died Dec. 12, 1973
Three letter dated 1979, 1980, 1981 regarding Bob Bartley’s term as
governor of Capital – Virginia District, Optimist Club