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Bertram Robert "Bert" Collins
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1876
Iowa, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 1940
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA

Married Cora B Mertel March 24, 1897 in Davidson, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Brother to John R.

Bert was known as "Bargain Bert-The Poor Man's Friend."

He sported a large bushy mustache, had a hearty laugh and remarkable sense of humor. He owned a salvage company in Kansas City, Kansas and sold salvaged goods at a reduced price while still making a profit.

An article written about him in an issue of "American" magazine in the 1920's related that his two story building at any time of the year held a varied selection of merchandise arranged to look as if it was just thrown together, his psychology being that the average person enjoys the thrill of discovery."

His motto: "Goods that are good goods, but which may have had a little hard luck."

It was his practice to close his business for one month, with pay to his employees, to go fishing. The article quotes his poem: "I hear the music of the fish worm as he moves beneath a rock; I hear the voices of the bullhead and the pike; I hear the rumble of the pickerel as he argues with the bass; So I'll close shop, take my fishing pole, and hike."

Top photo: wedding 1900. Below: about 1920-with cigar in hand.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas J Collins (1840 - 1907)
  Emely L McReynolds Collins (1852 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Cora Belle Mertel Collins (1874 - 1967)*
 
 Sibling:
  John R Collins (1873 - 1946)*
  Bertram Robert Collins (1876 - 1940)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Quindaro Cemetery
Kansas City
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 2 Lot 33 2
 
Maintained by: Treva Poe
Originally Created by: GBern.O
Record added: Jan 22, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7106078
Bertram Robert Bert Collins
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Bertram Robert Bert Collins
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Bertram Robert Bert Collins
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 Added: Nov. 17, 2011
 
 
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