Arthur S. Burdick


There is no one more popular or better known in Postville, Iowa, than Arthur S. Brudick, who for the past twelve years has been the faithful and efficient postmaster of that place of which he is a native son, born July 18, 1875. He has been identified throughout his entire life with the interests of that locality, where he attended the public schools as a boy, worked at various occupations and served an apprenticeship in the office of the Postville Review. He also took a course at Valder Business College to round out his education. Shortly after the death of his father, who was then postmaster of Postville, he was appointed to that office, having the unique distinction of being the youngest man ever called upon to fill such a position by presidential appointment. Mr. Burkick was first appointed by President McKinley, was reappointed by President Roosevelt and received his third appointment at the hands of President Taft. Conscientious, capable and painstaking, he is accurate in the performance of his duties and accommodating in his ways with the public. He is intensely loyal to Postville, and has taken an active part in various enterprises which have gained for his city the reputation of a live and progressive community.

Mr. Burkick is a son of William Nelson Burdick, without mention of whom no history of Allamakee county would be complete. One of the pioneer editors of this district, the father was a man of more than local fame, for his influence in politics and journalism was felt throughout the state, especially among newspaper men, and he war readily recognized as one of the strongest and most able editorial writers in Iowa. His command of English, his clear thought and fearless expression marked him as one of the great writers of the country press and it is not too much to say that for many years Postville was largely known throughout the state of Iowa as the home of Burkick, of the Postville Review. Mr. Burkick was born near Buffalo, New York, in 1835, and migrated with his family to Illinois when still a youth, later coming to Iowa and settling near West Union. Later he removed to New Oregon, Howard county, at a time before the railroad had penetrated that section and all supplies were brought by team from McGregor. When the railroad came Mr. Burdick removed with other inhabitants of New Oregon to the new town of Cresco, of which he became the first postmaster and where he began his remarkable career as a publisher, editing the Howard county Times. He later published the Winneshiek County Register and in 1875 moved to Postville, purchasing the Review and there beginning the work which gained him such a reputation among the thinking people of the state.

While in Cresco W. N. Burkick was married to Miss Amy E. Halstead, the loving helpmate who survives him and who was to him such a loyal, helpful and intelligent coworker in all that he undertook. In 1897 he was appointed postmaster of Postville, a position which he filled most acceptably without relinquishing his editorial work until his death, which occurred in 1899. His memory is still revered and held dear by the people of Postville and hundreds of old-time friends in all parts of the state.

Arthur S. Burkick the subject of this review, was, on May 10, 1899, united in marriage to Miss Lillian Riley and their home has been blessed by a son, Edward, who is now a promising lad of thirteen years. A man of strongly marked character, Mr. Burkick has become a forceful element in the business and public life of his community where his sterling traits of character have won him the high regard and confidence of all who have had social or business relations with him. He is a loyal son of his native city, in the advancement and development of which he has been a serviceable factor and which he has served in an official capacity for so many years with faithfulness and with conspicuous ability.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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