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James Bernard Burns 1865-1940


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/13/2011 at 21:42:51

Burns Funeral Saturday
J.B. Burns Passed Away Wednesday [October 30, 1940] Morning After Extended Illness; Wife and 9 Children Survive
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 o’clock at St. Patrick’s church for James B. Burns, 76, who passed away at his home on south Tenth street at 4:00 Wednesday morning. Rev. Father J.J. Keane will conduct the rites and burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. The Rosary will be said at the Burns home Friday evening at 9:00 o’clock, following the Holy hour.

James Bernard Burns was born in Livingston county, Ill., December 13, 1863 [per cemetery records 1865]. He received his education in the schools of that place and made his home in that county until 1912.

On October 18, 1893, he was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Menton, of Fairbury, Ill. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Burns, nine of them surviving their father. One daughter, Margaret, passed away in Estherville on April 4, 1937.

Mr. and Mrs. Burns moved to Emmet county in 1912 and settled on a farm near here. In 1933 they retired from the farm and moved to Estherville to make their home.

Mr. Burns was affiliated with the Rock Island railroad during his active years. Two years ago he underwent an operation and had his left leg amputated above the knee. Since then Mr. Burns has been confined to his home most of the time.

Mr. Burns was a member of the St. Patrick’s church in Estherville, having been reared in the Catholic faith when a child. In the past he has also been an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Elks lodges. He was popularly known as “Jim” and was admired by all who knew him.

Mr. Burns is survived by his widow, five sons and four daughters. They are James Burns, Algona, Mrs. Joe Origer, Bernard Burns, Edwin Burns, Francis Burns, Clyde Burns, all of Estherville, Mrs. Homer Herwig of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Ben Amelsberg of Glendale, Calif., and Mrs. Ralph Calahan of Battle Creek, Mich. Mrs. Amelsberg will be unable to be here for her father’s services. There are also 23 grandchildren surviving. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, October 31, 1940)


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