|Death: ||Sep. 30, 1898|
CIVIL WAR VETERAN -- CO B, 2 KY. CAV. --
Frank Burns, a Civil War Veteran, was born in the state of Kentucky in 1827, and he died Sept. 30, 1898. He was buried in the Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Iowa, but there is no gravestone (Block 117).
He came to Ida County, Iowa, in 1869, and was a citizen of the Village of Ida, then incorporated in with the new town of Ida Grove, Iowa, around the new railroad (Chicago & Northwestern Railroad) in 1877.
Frank married Luella Pollack (1863-1886) in 1882. Children born to this union were Frances Burns (1883-1916) and Dr. Richard Burns (1884-1932). When Luella passed away in 1886, then Frank married Anna Sacquety in 1887 (Anna was born 1872); children from this union are Frank Leslie born 1889 and Phil Sheridan born 1893.
Frank Burns was Ida Grove postmaster from 1897-1898, mayor of Ida Grove from 1883-1888 and 1893-1897, treasurer of Ida County from 1874-1879, and a member of the school board.
When the courthouse in the Village of Ida burned down in Jan. 1877, Frank built 3 small buildings for county offices, to rent them to the county until a new courthouse was built in Ida Grove, Iowa. One of those 3 buildings later became the WCTU building on Main Street.
He figured prominently in the political and social life of Ida Grove, and every community project was sure of his assistance. He had a hand in much of the town's growth and engaged in almost every line of business, such as, land agent, store keeper, county officer, mayor, and postmaster. He always helped those in need with what money he had accumulated. Burns Street in Ida Grove records his name.
The honored subject of this brief biography came first upon the stage of action in the state of Pennsylvania and his early life was passed on a farm. When the war broke out he was a resident of Louisville, Kentucky and at the first bugle sound enlisted in Co. B. of the Second Kentucky Calvary. He served the union cause faithfully from start to finish. In 1869 he came to Ida County and his first employment here was as foreman of the Hathaway Ranch which he held two years. In 1871 he was elected county treasurer which position he held eight years and he has held the mayoralty of Ida Grove fifteen terms of one year each. He has also been a member of the school board nearly all the time of its existence. Frank is a born leader, strong in individuality of brilliant intellect and superior in executive ability, broad minded, liberal and kind hearted. No public enterprise of merit but what has received his earnest support, and few men holds the affections of the poor and lowly with so strong a grasp as he. Scores of men in Ida County owe their start on the road to prosperity to Frank and scores of homes have been blessed by his bounty. Politically he is a republican and there are many in high positions in Iowa who owe much to Frank Burns for their elevation. He is a mighty power in the councils of his party and many a campaign has been won in western Iowa by and through his sagacity and indomitable energy. Throughout his life Frank has stood the peer of any man. Thoroughly rooted in integrity and energetic in all good works and now in the ripe experience of an active life he stands a worthy pioneer representative of American manhood.
As a Civil War Veteran, he spent time (6 months) in one of the southern prisons, Andersonville. He had enlisted in Co. B, 2nd Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry, on the side of the Union. Even in that prison, he watched for the offenders, prisoners themselves, who took advantage of the sick and weak, protecting their food from being stolen at the time when they needed it the most.
Survivors include his wife and 4 children, a daughter aged 15, 3 sons ages 14, 9, and 5.
Frank passed away from pleurisy and complications of other diseases. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church with Rev. House officiating. The funeral procession going to the cemetery for burial contained about 130 teams.
Ida Grove Cemetery
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