George Henry Burns

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GEORGE HENRY BURNS, real estate and insurance dealer of Kittanning, was born July 12, 1873, in Clarion county, Pa., son of James B. and Sarah E. (Riley) Burns.

James B. Burns, who was a farmer, died in 1884, when only thirty-two years old. His widow survived until May 22, 1911. They were the parents of seven children: Blanche, who resides with her brother George H.; Belle, wife of James P. Collins, of Wheeling, W. Va.; George H.; and four who died young. The parents were consistent members of the Presbyterian Church.

George H. Burns was educated in the public schools of his neighborhood, and at the Clarion State Normal School, completing his studies in 1900. For a few years Mr. Burns acted as clerk in a general merchandise store in his home county, and then became a traveling salesman for a year. In 1899 he settled at Kittanning, where he embarked in a general realty and insurance business, and has developed into one of Armstrong county's most prosperous business men. He represents the most reliable life and fire insurance companies, for a number of years being general agent for the United States Fidelity and Guarantee Company, for which concern he has written up a large amount of business. Mr. Burns was the pioneer in handling business for this company in Armstrong county, his own reliability and standing giving weight to the transactions. He buys and sells real estate, and has charge of the renting of some of the most desirable property in Kittanning. His standing in his line of business has been substantially recognized by his associates in his choice as president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Local Fire Agents, and for seven years he has been sent as delegate to the national conventions of local fire agents. While a resident of Wickboro Mr. Burns served one term as councilman of the borough.

In July 1896, Mr. Burns was married to Elva Grace Goodwin, daughter of Henry M., and Mary Jane Goodwin, formerly of Warren County, Pa., but for some years residing at Tylersburg, Clarion County, Pa. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Burns: Ethel Bernice, George H., Jr., and Almeda Grace. Mr. Burns and his family belong to the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Pages 676-677, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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