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Burke, David H. 1858-1909


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 7/18/2020 at 20:23:22

Born in Galesburg, Pa., Dec. 12, 1858. His parents came west when he was nine months old, settling on a farm near North McGregor. This place was his home until he grew to manhood, then he went out to seek a broader field for work, where there were more opportunities.

He served for fourteen years on the city fire department, and for ten years on the police force, in St. Paul. He also spent several months in Alaska during the Klondike excitement.

He had traveled extensively through the west, locating at East Grand Forks, Minn., where he lived several years. He was chief of the city fire department at East Grand Forks when his health gave way, and through the solicitations of his relatives here, he took a leave of absence and came home, hoping the change, rest and care would restore him to his former rugged health.

Every attention, medical and otherwise, was given him, with several months among the pines of northern Wisconsin, but every effort failed, and he returned to his loved ones here, who devoted their entire time to alleviating as far as possible, the suffering of his last hours with them.

Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, 1909, the Grim Reaper claimed the sufferer for His own, and those who were left to mourn knew the weary hours of pain were ended.

On Thursday morning the funeral services were held at St. Mary's church, McGregor, Rev. Father Lundon officiating at the services.

The brothers and sisters who mourn his death are: Sister Nolasco, of St. Joseph, Dubuque; Mrs. Mary Mahoney, Miss Lizzie Burke, of St. Paul; Miss Ellen Burke, John and Edward Burke of North McGregor.

~North Iowa Times, Thursday, November 11, 1909

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Death Certificate (familysearch.org):
David H. Burke
DOB: 12/25/1857
DOD: 11/2/1909
Cause: Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Father: Oliver Burke, born Ireland
Mother: [blank], born Ireland
Informant: John J. Burke, North McGregor, Iowa
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery on 11/5/1909


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