"The Byron Express", Friday January 01,
Patrick Burke was born in Callen, Kilkenney Co., Ireland, May
1818. He came to America with his father in 1828. His father
died soon after arriving in this country thus leaving the boy
among strangers in a strange country.
He lived with a farmer at Kingston, Pa., until he grew to manhood.
In 1845 he came to Byron Township and opened a farm, and since
that time has by good management, accumulated a comfortable fortune,
having at the time of his death, with other property, 450 acres
of choice land.
He was married June 25, 1846, to Miss Nancy Whitney, who shared
with him all the hardships of pioneer life. Mr. Burke was the
father of four children, three of whom proceeded him to the other
world, the eldest, Edmund, is at present a successful lawyer
Mr. Burke and family retired from their farm in 1880, and removed
to the village of Byron, where they resided until the time of
his death. About a year ago he an Mrs. Burke went to Florida
to spend the winter hoping the climate would be beneficial to
Mrs. Burke's health. In this hope they were disappointed and
they returned last Spring just in time for her to die at home.
About one month ago Mr. Burke fearing to spend the winter here
he went to Southern California, he contracted a cold soon after
he arrived which developed into acute pneumonia which terminated
his life Dec. 15.
He made a profession of Christianity in early manhood and for
many years had been an active member of the M.E. church.
His remains were brought to Byron last Saturday afternoon, and
the funeral held in the M.E. church Sabbath morning. His pastor,
Rev. F.W. Nazarene, preached from Job.1:1-8. to a large and sympathetic
congregation. The remains were interred in our village cemetery.
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