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Jacob Burk & family


Posted By: Roseanna Zehner
Date: 3/2/2004 at 04:42:01

Burk, Jacob and Family
Jacob J. Burk and Luella Melissa Knutzen were married March 13, 1896. They farmed west of Harris until they moved into town in 1920. Jacob worked as a carpenter and painter. Luella provided room and board for teachers. She also did baking of bread, etc. for others.

The Burks were active in the Methodist Church. Luella served as Ladies Aid president for seventeen years and Jacob served as custodian until 1936, when his health failed. Luella was a member of the Keeping Up Club and Rebekah Lodge. Jacob belonged to Odd Fellows. He enjoyed dressing up as a clown for events and did magic tricks and played Jews harp and bones.

Jacob was born in Allamakee County July 19, 1870, and died of cancer in Harris, August 26, 1938. Luella was born in Chadron, Nebraska, July 21, 1879, and died in the Sibley Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949.

- source: Harris, Iowa Centennial; Harris --The Past 100 Years
- note: Harris is in Osceola co. Iowa
- transcribed by Roseanna Mary Zehner


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