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A man of literary tastes and talents, possessing good business 
and executive ability, Charles C. Burton is an esteemed and 
popular citizen of Belle Rive, and as editor and proprietor of 
the Belle Rive Enterprise is doing much toward promoting the 
highest interests of the community in which he lives. Coming 
on both sides of the house of excellent New England ancestry, 
he was born February 6, 1879, on a New Hampshire farm. His 
father, William Burton, also a native of the Granite state, 
was born in 1840, and died in 1906. He was a farmer by occupation, 
but was for many years identified with military affairs, during 
the Civil war serving in both the army and the navy, being first 
in the Seventh New York Volunteer Infantry and later in the 
Eleventh New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, and on board the gunboat 
"Anderson." After the close of the conflict he enlisted in the 
regular service, and served in the Sixth United States Cavalry 
for fifteen years, when he was retired as a captain. Two of his 
brothers and two of his wife's brothers also served in the 
Civil war, and of those four soldiers three lost their lives at 
Gettysburg and one at the battle of Antietam. 

William Burton married Ellen Campbell, a daughter of John Campbell, 
who served in the Revolutionary war as an officer, and subsequently 
migrated from his native state, Massachusetts, to New Hampshire. 
Three children were born of their union, as follows: Charles C., 
with whom this sketch is chiefly concerned; William, deceased; and 
Emma, deceased. Brought up in New Hampshire, Charles C. Burton 
attended the public schools and in a country office learned the 
printer's trade. At the age of sixteen years he made his way to 
Boston, where he followed his trade two years. Going from there 
to Buffalo, New York, Mr. Burton was in the employ of the Buffalo 
Courier Company for four years. Again moving westward, he went to 
Missouri, and until coming to Belle Rive was a resident of Saint 
Louis. Imbued with the same patriotic ardor and zeal that animated 
his father and his Grandfather Campbell, he enlisted for service 
at the first call for troops for the Spanish-American war, and for 
eleven months served in the Eighth Massachusetts Hospital Corps. 

In June, 1911, Mr. Burton, who is an expert journalist, established 
the Belle Rive Enterprise, an eight page, five-column, sheet, bright, 
interesting, clean and newsy, which has already a large local 
circulation, and a most liberal advertising patronage. Mr. Burton has 
without doubt one of the best job printing establishments in Jefferson 
county, and in addition to doing much local work is well patronized 
by people from Mount Vernon and other cities who desire a neat, 
attractive and accurate job of printing done. 

Mr. Burton married, January 22, 1908, Edna F. Gerdom, of Saint Louis, 
Missouri, and they have one child, Charles E. Burton, born 
February 6, 1910. 

Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith, 
Page 1170 

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 

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