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 Albert “Bert” Burris

Albert “Bert” Burris

Indiana, USA
Death 30 Jun 1923 (aged 29)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 7, Lot 51
Memorial ID 58080372 · View Source
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Bert was first married to Gladys Gertrude Earl (1896-1973). They had one son, Herbert Earl Burris (1914-1989). After Gladys and Bert were divorced, Gladys married Robert M. Wallace (1876-1931), and Bert married Dora B. Guthery (1900-1964). Bert and Dora had one daughter - Loyce Marie (Burris) Harper (1918-1972). After Bert's death, Dora married Robert A. Jones (c1893-1983).


Fire Gongs Will Announce Funeral.
Captain Burris, Victim of Factory Blaze, To Be Buried Monday.

The Dallas fire gong will toll a last farewell from comrades on duty and friends in the city Monday afternoon to Capt. Bert Burris, 30 years old, who was killed by falling brick Saturday night while fighting the fire which destroyed the Texas Wheel and Body Works, Commerce and Dove streets, East Dallas, Fire Chief Tom A. Myers said Sunday. Black and white streamers of crepe were hung Sunday over the front of Fair Park Station, where Capt. Burris was working when he met death. The crepe will not be removed until Monday night. Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon at the residence of his mother, Mrs. O. T. Watson, 4218 Leland street. Practically all members of the fire department who are not required at different stations are planning to attend. A squad of policemen were detailed Sunday by Police Chief Louis Brown to attend and act as an escort. Fire and police officials will lead the procession. Formerly a Policeman. Police officials said Sunday that Capt. Burris was at one time a member of the Dallas police department. It is planned that men who worked with him be included in the detail that acts as escort to the body. The procession is scheduled to leave the home at 4:30 o'clock. Tolling of the fire gong will commence as the body leaves the house and during the movement of the cortege through the city which Capt. Burris served. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Besides the mother, Capt. Burris is survived by his wife and daughter, Lois Marie, 4 years old. Assistant Fire Chief Charles O. Jones and Fireman R. H. Stepp, who were reported in a critical condition Saturday night from injuries sustained by falling brick, were much improved Sunday, physicians said. Chief Jones sustained a broken hip, injuries to his back and numerous severe bruises and abrasions. Fireman Stepp sustained fractures of his left arm and leg, and severe bruises. Both men are at the St. Paul Sanitarium. Al Brantley, who also was moved to the St. Paul Sanitarium, returned to his home Sunday. He suffered severe lacerations and bruises. Condolences were extended to the Dallas fire department and to members of Capt. Burris' relatives Sunday by the fire departments of Fort Worth and Cleburne. Captain Burris Lauded. Captain Burris is said by his superiors to have been one of the best captains in the Dallas fire department and one who never hesitated because danger lay ahead. 'His only fault was that he was too game', Fire Chief Tom A. Myers said. Captain Burris was cited by officials for special acts of bravery in rescuing trapped victims from the fire which cost four lives and destroyed a two-story rooming house on the morning of Oct. 17, 1921. The house was operated by Mrs. Mary Kincaid at 1912 Bryan street, between Masten and Harwood streets. Thirty persons were trapped in their rooms by the flames, which had gained great headway before the alarm was spread. Several persons, among whom was Captain Burris, made repeated trips into the house to remove the trapped victims. He is said to have rushed through a sheet of flame, entered the house and rescued a young woman who later died at a local hospital from burns.

~~~ Dallas Morning News, 2 Jul 1923


Fire Gongs Toll During Funeral.
Captain Burris, Victim of Saturday's Blaze, Is Laid To Rest.

Forty-eight hours from the moment the alarm was given that fire was destroying the Texas Wheel and Body Works, the Dallas fire gong Monday afternoon began tolling the city's last farewell to Capt. Bert Burris, who was crushed to death last Saturday night by brick falling from a wall of the building. The alarm was given at 5:06 o'clock Saturday afternoon. At 5:06 o'clock Monday afternoon, H. W. O'Brien began tolling the fire gong as the cortege swung into Forest avenue and escorted Capt. Burris' body past No. 6 fire station at Forest avenue and Central Railway tracks. The tolling continued for ten minutes. Hundreds of firemen, policemen and Dallas business men were in attendance at the home of Mrs. O. T. Watson, 4218 Leland street, mother of Capt. Burris, when funeral services were conducted by the Rev. A. C. Parker, pastor of Rosemont Christian Church. Approximately 200 persons, unable to crowd into the house, stood on the lawn until services were over. The services were conducted at 4:30 o'clock. The cortege was led by a detail of motorcycle policemen under charge of Sergt. D. C. Garrison. Following the officers and just in front of the hearse was the truck which Capt. Burris commanded prior to his death. The truck was draped in mourning and manned by firemen who served with and under Capt. Burris. Another fire truck loaded with floral offerings went ahead of the cortege to the cemetery. A line of automobiles approximately three-fourths of a mile in length, with all cars filled with comrades of Capt. Burris, followed the body to the grave. When the cortege reached the cemetery another group was waiting there to witness the last ceremonies. Fire Chief Tom A. Myers, Assistant Chief Scott Hughes and other fire department and city officials were included among those who attended the services. Assistant Fire Chief Charles O. Jones and Fireman R. H. Stepp, who were seriously injured by falling brick Saturday evening, were much improved Monday, reports from St. Paul Sanitarium say, where they are receiving treatment. Both men incurred broken bones and severe bruises. It is expected they will be confined at the sanitarium for some time.

~~~ Dallas Morning News, 3 Jul 1923


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