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 Thomas William Burt

Thomas William Burt

Death 2 Apr 1910 (aged 49)
Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Burial Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Plot sec 14 lot 73 page 248
Memorial ID 7735701 · View Source
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In a political and business sense Thomas W. Burt, present postmaster of the city of Lafayette, and one of the proprietors of the Lafayette Morning Journal, is deserving of the high esteem in which he is held by all classes owing to his public spirit, integrity and fidelity to duty. By dint of industry and marked innate ability, he has forged to the front among his contemporaries and made his influence felt throughout this portion of Indiana. He is popular among the laboring classes and common people, because he has been associated from youth with the men who have had to strive for what thev have secured of wealth and fame, and in their struggles he still takes a lively interest, and while not disregarding the rights of the capitalist and those who have inherited wealth, he can always be counted on as vindicating the cause of that class of industrious citizens who seek to better their condition by manly labor, be it in whatever calling that labor may be found employed,

Thomas W. Burt was born March 12, 1861, just one month before the opening of the great Civil war. His father was Thomas Burt, Sr.. who sacrificed his life on the altar of his country in the struggle to preserve the Union.
He was a native of Ohio — the state so famous for brave defenders of our national flag in all wars. He volunteered soon after the first call for men by President Lincoln, and for four long, trying years, he fought for the right,
as he was given to see the right, and when he had lived to see the new era ushered in, his life had paid the price of hardship and exposure on the battle-fields of the Southland, having answered the last roll-call and passed from earth in 1865. Thomas W. Burt's mother was known in her maidenhood as Mary Rogers, who was a native of Indiana, and who, for her second husband, married Thomas Bryant.

In 1866 young Burt came to Lafayette, Indiana, where he was reared to manhood. Here he received his education and has ever since remained a loyal citizen of the place. When he was just entering his twelfth year, he began learning the printer's trade, and in 1890 he became associated with
the Spring-Emerson Stationery Company, one of the oldest and best known houses in that line of goods in the state.

It was established as early as 1836 by John Rosser and has flourished for three-quarters of a century. In 1897
the company was, however, reorganized. Mr. Burt, who had mastered the details of the business and had proven a most capable employe, was made a partner in the firm, the name being changed to the Burt-Terry Stationery Company. Frank and Charles Terry being the other interested parties. In
his new role, Mr. Burt was signally successful from the start, and won friends and regular patrons by his own personality and the high grade of goods which his judgment taught him was the best line to deal in. With natural business ability, aided by genial manners and rare soundness of judgment, success was soon within his grasp. Later the firm became the well-known Burt-Terry-Wilson Company, and in the year 1902 the company absorbed the Daily Morning Journal, which is now known as the Burt-Haywood Company, incorporated in 1902 at a capital of seventy-five thousand dollars, and it is one of the largest of the kind in the state, employing one hundred and thirty to one hundred and fifty persons. The plant is equipped with expensive machinery of the latest designs. Mr. Burt is now manager of this large enterprise, which would be a credit to any city. Many large jobs are constantly turned out and the work is always satisfactory, for only high-grade material is used and only skilled mechanics are employed by this firm. the reputation of which is now far-reaching.

In politics, Mr. Burt is a Republican and has been active in the affairs of his partv for thirtv vears. in fact, a leader in local matters, his counsel often being sought by his co-workers and local candidates. He very creditably served one term as city clerk from 1894 to 1898 and on February 19. 1906, he was further honored by being appointed postmaster of Lafayette, and he assumed charge of the office on March 1st of the same year, and he is now filling this important position with honor to himself and credit to the community.

Fraternally Mr. Burt is a member of the Masonic order, including the Scottish Rite at Indianapolis and the Commandery at Lafayette. He also belongs to the Ancient Araliic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and the Knights of Pythias and the Druids. He takes an abiding interest in all of these orders and one would judge from his daily life among his fellow men that he attempts to carry out their high precepts.

The Lafayette Journal, with which Mr. Burt is connected, is too well known to the people of this locality to need commenting on. It wields a powerful influence wherever it reaches in moulding public opinion and it holds high rank with the clean, trenchant, wide-awake, modern journals of the present day, ably managed in every department and a success from a financial standpoint.

Thomas W. Burt was married on April 25, 1886, to Elizabeth F. Kichler, a native of Lafayette, the daughter of Adam and Sarah Elizabeth Kichler, a well known family of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Burt are the parents of two children, Mary E., who was educated in Lafayette and Washington, District of Columbia. Edgar H., now sixteen years of age (1909), is a high school pupil.

Biography of Thomas William Burt from the Past and Present of Tippecanoe County Indiana, Volume 2, B.F. Bowen and company, publishers, Indianapolis, Indiana 1909
page 608 to 610.

(older half brother of Everett Comstock Bryant - they have the same mother, Mary Rogers Burt Bryant.)

Family Members

Gravesite Details age 49. Undertaker, Bradshaw-Schlesselman, Lafayette, Indiana.





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