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MESSAGE: (#450620) Walter Burgess
AUTHOR: IAGenWeb Volunt
DATE: 6/30/2013 at 10:25:56
Ottawa [Iowa] Weekly Democrat
WALTER BURGESS LIFE WORK DONE
CAME TO IOWA IN AN EARLY DAY LOCATING AT SIOUX CITY, IOWA
At Which Place he Worked on Sioux Citys First Newspaper the Sioux City Eagle.
He came to Onawa in 1866 and Since that Time has Made This Place His Home.
In the passing of Walter Burgess, Onawa loses one of its early pioneers and a
man of sterling worth Mr. Burgess was a friend to all a lover of home and
community, never too busy to give a pleasant word to the little child at play
or work for he loved them all. Thus it was that a host of friends and
relatives gathered around his casket on last Friday afternoon to pay their
last respects to the man whom they had learned to love. Rev. Geo. Croker of
Whiting, an old friend of the deceased delivered the funeral sermon at the
home and the local Odd Fellow Lodge of which Mr. Burgess was a member had
charge of the services at the cemetery.
Not many knew of the hardship that Mr. Burgess had endured during the early
years of his life, he would seldom speak of the hard days back in the 60s,
but always desired to look on the days that were now and how pleasant every
thing was. He was not a pessimist, but an optimist, always looking on the
Walter Burgess was born on March 1st,1842 at North Ridge, New York, when he
was but nine years old, his mother died, leaving him alone, knowing well that
he would have to make his own way in the world he journeyed to Michigan and
later went into Indiana. In 1856 when he was but 14 years old he came to Sioux
City, Iowa, with H. C. Ash a friend who opened the first hotel in Sioux City,
which was known as the old Sioux City House, After working for Mr. Ash for
some time he secured a job freighting out of Sioux City to Crow Creek
Reservation and Fort Randall, Jas. E. Booge at that time having the contract
to furnish supplies. A short time after this he secured work with S. H.
Swiggett, of Cincinnati, Ohio who had just come west and located in the little
hamlet. Mr. Swiggett being a newspaper man started a little paper called the
Sioux City Eagle. This was Sioux Citys first paper and Mr. Burgess was the
boy around the shop, washing rollers and picking a little type. Shortly after,
however he was offered the work of driving the stage between Sioux City and
Denison when the means of travel was a coach and four head of horses. The road
the wide rolling prairie. He continued at this work until he enlisted in
Captain Millards Company in Sioux City at the breaking out of the war of 61.
He later joined the 7th Iowa Cavalry. Mr. Burgess served through the war being
mustered out on June 25, 1866. It was then that he came to Onawa and has made
his home here ever since. He was married on November 2nd, 1863 to Mary J.
Hamm, at Cherokee, Iowa. Mrs. Burgess leaving this life on
February 19th 1919. Nine children were born to this happy union. Surviving are
Mrs. W. W. Sims, of Pinckneyville, Hi; A. W. Burgess and Mrs. Flora
Montgomery, of Onawa, Iowa; I. E. Burgess of Smithland and James F. Burgess of
Glendale, California. All of the children being present at the funeral of
their beloved father.
Onawa Weekly Democrat
July 28, 1921
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to take this method in thanking our friends for the kindnesses they
showed us during the sickness of our beloved father, Walter Burgess, and also
the beautiful floral offerings given in his memory.