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Charles Glenn Burling


Posted By: Debbie Clough Gerischer (email)
Date: 9/30/2005 at 11:33:05

Hon. Charles Glenn Burling is a native of Iowa and for over thirty years has been practicing law at Clarksville. His reputation is that of a very capable and painstaking lawyer, an attorney who has given diligent attention to his law practice over a long period of years and at times has come in contact with the public through official relations.

Mr. Burling was born at West Union, Fayette County, Iowa, September 18, 1875. His father, F. S. Burling, was a native of England, son of William Burling, and was a small child when his parents came to America and settled at Freeport, Illinois. F. S. Burling was graduated from the law department of Iowa University in 1872 and soon afterward established himself in practice at Postsville, a community that has many memories of him as a good lawyer and also
in the capacity of mayor of the town and president of the school board. His son, W. H. Burling, is still a resident of Postville and a practicing lawyer there, and has likewise been honored with the office of mayor of the town. F. S. Burling was a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the Knights of Pythias. He died in 1920, when seventy-two years of age. His wife, Flora Ketchum, was born in Chicago. Her people had come from New York
State, and when she was a small child they moved to Fayette County, Iowa. She died at Waterloo, September 5, 1929, when seventy-nine years of age. There were four children in the family: Charles G.; Josephine, wife of F. L.
Marquis, a real estate broker at Waterloo; Genevieve, of Waterloo, a graduate of
the Chicago Conservatory of Music; and W. H. Burling.

Charles Glenn Burling grew up at Postville, graduated from high school there and then entered the University of Iowa, where he was graduated with the A. B. degree in 1896 and his degree in law in 1897. After his admission to the bar he located at Allison, the county seat of Butler County, but a few months later moved to Clarksville, which has been his home ever since. He is a member of the Iowa Bar Association and American Bar Association, and has practiced in all the courts of the state. He was county attorney from 1901 to 1905
and subsequently filled the same office at other times. He has also done his part in behalf of local education by service on the school board and has acted as city attorney. In addition to his extensive law practice he has farming interests. During the World war he was chairman of the County Council of Defense. Mr. Burling is a member of Waverly Commandery of the Knight Templar Masons and a Shriner.

He married, December 30, 1903, Miss Lulu A. Ray. Her father, J. W. Ray, was for many years a banker in Allison. Two children were born to their marriage. The daughter Beth Ray died in 1922, in her eighteenth year. The surviving daughter is Irma May.

A Narrative History of The People of Iowa.
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.; Chicago and New York; 1931

The Iowa History Project

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