Posted By:Deborah Brownfield - Stanley
Subject:Bio. of James Burgess ~ born Ray County, Missouri
Post Date:February 26, 2005 at 09:15:38
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James Burgess

Because of his success in business affairs and a life characterized by consistency in motive and action, James Burgess, secretary-treasurer and general manager of the Hawkeye Land Company, of Sioux City, stands among the respected and well-liked business men of Sioux City. He has been active in all efforts to advance the prosperity and progress of his community and is well deserving of mention among those whose labors have promoted the public welfare. Born in Ray county, Missouri, July 12,1870, he is a son of John C. and Fanny(Elliott)Burgess, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia. In an early day the parents moved to Missouri, where they established their permanent home, the father engaging in farming, in addition to which he also operated a general store.

James Burgess is the second in order of birth of the five children born to this worthy couple. He is indebted to the district schools for his educational training and his early years were spent on the home farm. Later he learned the printing trade but did not like that work and engaged in the confectionery business for a short time. He then went to work for the National Biscuit Company and served for eighteen years as superintendent of one of its plants. In 1908 he went to St. Joseph, Missouri, and engaged in the real estate business, in which he was interested until 1912, when he came to Sioux City, where he engaged in the same line of activity. Eventually he became identified with the Hawkeye Land Company, with which he has been very successful, and is now the secretary-treasurer and manager of the company. During the years of his connection with Sioux City he has gained marked prestige in business circles, being regarded as a man of safe and conservative judgment and sound principles.

In 1893, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Mr. Burgess was united in marriage to Miss Pearl M. Morse, daughter of L. D. Morse, of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Burgess is not allied with either of the great political parties, preferring to vote according to the dictates of his own judgment. Fraternally he is a life member of South Gate Lodge, No. 547, A. F. & A. M.; Westward Ho Consistory, No.2, A. A. S. R., and Ararat Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., all of Kansas City,
Missouri; and Sioux City Lodge, No. 112, B. P. O. E. He belongs to the Sioux City Country Club, the Morningside Country Club and and the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, and is vice president and director of the Sioux City Real
Estate Board. He is active in all civic affairs and has been a potent factor in support of movements for the betterment of the city. Mr. Burgess derives a great deal of pleasure in the cultivation of flowers and in gardening. He is a man of kindly and generous attitude towards all with whom he comes in contact and among his acquaintances enjoys well merited popularity.

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