Biography of W. H. Burtis
This biography appears on page 475 in
"History of Winneshiek and Allamaee Counties Iowa 1882"
By W. E. Alexander, Sioux City, Iowa: Western Publishing Company, 1882
W. H. Burtis, retired farmer, postoffice, Waukon; farmer, section 8; son of Henry and Mary Burtis; was born October 11, 1825, in the district of Prince Edwards, Canada. He learned the shoemaker's trade in early life, at which he worked principally, till 1847, when he came to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he worked at his trade during the winters, and farmed during the summer. In the fall of 1859, he went to Lake County, Illinois, where he remained till 1868, when he came to Allamakee County, Iowa, stopping in Ludlow township till 1876, he came to Rossville, where he now resides. He was married to Miss Louisa Ross, October 5, 1869. She is a sister of O. A. Ross, and was born in Pennsylvania. Mr. Burtis owns a farm of 120 acres three miles from Rossville, also seven acres within the village of Rossvile; his wife also owns a farm of 80 acres some three miles from Rossville.