Bertram Robert “Bert” Collins

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Bertram Robert “Bert” Collins

  • Birth 2 Mar 1876 Iowa, USA
  • Death 19 Apr 1940 Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Section 2 Lot 33 2
  • Memorial ID 7106078

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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  • Maintained by: Treva Poe
  • Originally Created by: GBern.O
  • Added: 22 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7106078
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bertram Robert “Bert” Collins (2 Mar 1876–19 Apr 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7106078, citing Quindaro Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Treva Poe (contributor 46880996) .