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Walter Burgess
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Birth: Mar. 1, 1842
Death: Jul., 1921

At Which Place he Worked on Sioux City's First Newspaper
the Sioux City Eagle. He came to Onawa in 1866 and Since
that Time has Made This Place His Home.
(Gravestone photo b Lin a Linn)

In the passing of Walter Burgess Onawa loses one of its early pioneers and a man of sterling worth Mr. Burgess was a friend to all a lover of home and community, never too busy to give a pleasant word to the little child at play or work for he loved them all.

Rev. Geo. Croker of Whiting, an old friend of the deceased delivered the funeral sermon at the home and the local Odd Fellow Lodge of which Mr. Burgess was a member had charge of the services at the cemetery.

Not many knew of the hardship that Mr. Burgess had endured during the early years of his life, he would seldom speak of the hard days back in the 1860's, but always desired to look on the days that were now and how pleasant every thing was. He was not a pessimist, but an optimist, always looking on the bright side.

Walter Burgess was born on March 1,1842 at North Ridge, New York, when he was but nine years old, his mother died, leaving him alone, knowing well that he would have to make his own way in the world he journeyed to Michigan and later went into Indiana.

In 1856 when he was but 14 years old he came to Sioux City, Iowa, with H. C. Ash a friend who opened the first hotel in Sioux City, which was known as the old Sioux City House, After working for Mr. Ash for some time he secured a job freighting out of Sioux City to Crow Creek Reservation and Fort Randall, Jas. E. Booge at that time having the contract to furnish supplies. A short time after this he secured work with S. H. Swiggett, of Cincinnati, Ohio who had just come west and located in the little hamlet. Mr. Swiggett being a newspaper man started a little paper called the Sioux City Eagle. This was Sioux City's first paper and Mr. Burgess was the boy around the shop, washing rollers and picking a little type. Shortly after, however he was offered the work of driving the stage between Sioux City and Denison when the means of travel was a coach and four head of horses. The road was the wide rolling prairie.

He continued at this work until he enlisted in Captain Millard's Company in Sioux City at the breaking out of the war of 1861. He later joined the 7th Iowa Cavalry. Mr. Burgess served through the war being mustered out on June 25, 1866.

It was then that he came to Onawa and has made his home here ever since. He was married on November 2, 1863 to Mary J. Hamm, at Cherokee, Iowa. Mrs. Burgess leaving this life on February 19, 1919. Nine children were born to this happy union.

Surviving are Mrs. W. W. Sims, of Pinckneyville, Hi; A. W. Burgess and Mrs. Flora Montgomery, of Onawa, Iowa; I. E. Burgess of Smithland and James F. Burgess of Glendale, California. All of the children being present at the funeral of their beloved father.

Ottawa [Iowa] Weekly Democrat July 28,1921 page 1
Walter Burgess
Apr. 1, 1842--July 20, 1921
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about Walter Burgess
Name: Walter Burgess
Residence: Sioux City, Iowa
Age at enlistment: 20
Enlistment Date: 25 Sep 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in the Iowa Sioux City Cavalry Company on 15 Nov 1861.
Mustered out on 14 Jul 1863.
Transferred to Company I, Iowa 7th Cavalry Regiment on 14 Jul 1863. And later to Co. L, 7th IA Cavalry
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Walter V. Burgess
Birth: 2 MAR 1842 in New York
Death: AFT 1920 in Iowa
Occupation: 19 JUN 1900 Drayman
Occupation: JUN 1880 Drayman
Census: 19 JUN 1900 Onawa Township, Monona County, Iowa,Page 186
Census: JUN 1880 Onawa Township, Monona County, Iowa, Page 68C
Census: 27 JAN 1920 Franklin Township, Monona County, Iowa, Page 24A, ED 90

Marriage 1 Mary J. Hammond b: DEC 1846 in Massachusetts
Married: 1864 in Monona County, Iowa
Anna Burgess b: 1866 in Monona County, Iowa
William (Willie) Burgess b: JAN 1870 in Monona County, Iowa
Albert W. Burgess b: AUG 1871 in Monona County, Iowa
Flora E. Burgess b: JUL 1873 in Monona County, Iowa
Joseph Edgar Burgess b: SEP 1875 in Monona County, Iowa
James F. Burgess b: DEC 1879 in Monona County, Iowa 
Family links: 
  Mary J. Hammond Burgess (1846 - ____)
  Flora E. Burgess Montgomery (1873 - 1957)*
  Joseph E Burgess (1875 - 1959)*
*Calculated relationship
Onawa City Cemetery
Monona County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Sep 26, 2010
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Walter Burgess
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Walter Burgess
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 Added: Feb. 4, 2013
Burgess, Walter Civil War Record Mar 1842 - Jul 192
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