Private Elliott R. Burr, Company K.


From Elliott R. Burr's Obituary

        Comrade Elliot R. Burr, who died in this city several weeks go was one of the Tribune's oldest subscribers, and always read each issue with pleasure. At the time of his death here but little information concerning his life was at hand, but this week we received the following information which we believe his many friends here will be glad to have for future reference to the memory of a noble man.
        Elliott R. Burr was born in Cuba, N. Y., July 31, 1842, and passed away at St. Cloud, Florida, March 27, 1918, and was laid to rest by the side of his wife at Goodland, Ind. April 6, 1918. Mr. Burr, enlisted in the 136th Regiment Company K, New York Infantry, at the age of 19. Was married to Sarah J. Vorheis at Friendship, N. Y., June 14, 1863. Eight children were born to them, seven of whom survive - F. R. Burr, Susan B. Noland, Dickson Tenn., Mrs. Emma Swartz, deceased, Anna B. May, Lynchburg Va., Edward H. Burr of St. Louis, Mo. Cynthia Burr, of Lynn Haven, Fla., W. W. Burr University of Nebraska, and Chas. G. Burr, V. P. I., Blacksburg Va., and thirty-two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren
        While Mr. Burr had not been well the past year the end was unexpected. Miss Jean Burr, a cousin, was with him when the end came; a daughter Mrs. Noland, and a niece, Miss Lena Smith, each of whom had spent the winter in St. Cloud having returned to their homes. Three of his children came to St. Cloud to attend the funeral service here and to accompany their father to Indiana. At St. Cloud funeral services were held at the M. E. church, of which Mr. Burr was a member. A former pastor, Rev. J. B. Westcott an old soldier and a close friend of Mr. Burr, had charge of the services. The members of the G. A. R. Post escorted the body to the train. At Goodland the party was met by personal friends of the deceased, a number of whom are surviving members of the Goodland G. A. R. The remains were taken to the home of a friend and held until the funeral. A great many friends called to express sympathy to the members of the family. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church. The deceased was escorted to the church by the members of the G. A. R. who acted as honorary pall bearers, there being many personal friends A short but beautiful service was held. A male quartette sang "Saved by Grace" and "Abide With Me,"
        Mr. Burr was known wherever he lived by his high sense of honor, suffering loss rather than to break his word. To all who knew him the text of Rev. Servies was most appropriate "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold" -Proverbs 22, verse 21.

Information by J. Perrow