William Henry Harrison “Henry” Burge


William Henry Harrison “Henry” Burge

Porter County, Indiana, USA
Death 1 May 1938 (aged 97)
Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 30505549 View Source

Henry Burge, 97-year-old Wheeler man, was brought to Christian hospital Thursday night for medical treatment.

--The Vidette-Messenger of Porter County
(Valparaiso, IN), Fri., Apr. 29, 1938, Pg. 2


Death Takes Oldest Porter County Native
Pioneer Who Petitioned For First Gravel Road in
Porter County, Dies of Pneumonia

William Henry Harrison Burge, age 97 years, of Wheeler, before his death the oldest living native of Porter county, died this morning at 4:45 o'clock in Christian hospital. He had been ill for five days with pneumonia.
The decedent was born on November 10, 1847, in a log cabin near the Chet Caldwell settlement, on the old Joliet road, now Lincoln Highway, five minutes southeast of Wheeler. He was a son of Jeremiah Burge and Sally Burge. His father at one time owned the property known as the "Hoosier Nest," one of the early hotels of Porter county, and where John Finley is said to have written his famous poem.
On March 8, 1862, he was united in marriage to Ladora Faltner, who preceded him in death on February 25, 1922. On October 22, 1925, he was married to Helen Jane Cartus in Chicago. She survives together with a number of nephews and nieces as follows: Newton Burge, Lake county; Arthur Weaver, Hobart, Ind.; Byron Burge, Chicago; Bert Frame, Valparaiso; Clarence Burge, Wheeler; Mrs. Theodore Richmond, Wheeler; Mrs. Caroline Sutton, Gary, and Mrs. Bellen Crockett, Valparaiso.
Mr. Burge cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. He was then living in Chautauqua county, New York. Since that time he has voted for every republican president.
In 1899 when the county was mud-locked most of the time, Mr. Burge, together with Charles Jones and J. G. Burge filed a petition with the Porter county commissioners for a gravel road in Union township under a law passed by the legislature a short time before. The petition was granted and the road was built by P. T. Clifford & Son. It was the first gravel road built in Porter county. Two other petitions filed by Mr. Burge also were granted and the roads built.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal church in Wheeler, conducted by Rev. George Beatty, assisted by Rev. C. W. Wharton of Valparaiso. Burial will be in Mosier cemetery.
Friends may call at the Bartholomew funeral chapel in this city from 7 o'clock this evening up until Wednesday noon.

--The Vidette-Messenger of Porter County
(Valparaiso, IN), Mon., May 2, 1938, Pg. 2


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