The Family of Jim and Selma Burrows

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  • ID: I457
  • Name: William Henry Burrows 1 2 3 4 5
  • Sex: M
  • Name: Willie Knott 6
  • Birth: 25 JUL 1865 in Fulton, Whiteside, IL 1 2 7
  • Birth: JUL 1864 in ,, IL 5
  • Death: 1 JUN 1946 in Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA
  • Age: 80y 10m 7d of Pulmonary embolism 1
  • Note: While the death certificate lists he age as "80y 10m 6d", I believe that the difference between his birth and death dates comes out to 80y 10m 7d.
  • Date: 26 Nov 2007
  • Burial: Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
  • Cremation: 4 JUN 1946 Mountain View Cemetery Crematory 1
  • Note: On his gravestone the birth date appears to be listed as 1865.
  • Type: Creation Date
  • Note:
    According to personal papers and family oral history:

    William Henry Burrows was born on July 25 in either 1864 or 1865, probably in Fulton, Illinois (possibly in Polo, Illinois). He left home at the age of 14, and supported himself from that time on. When he was about 18, he opened a skating rink in Nebraska with Henry Martin, supposedly the first in that state. A few years later he was living in Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa and worked in J. D. Blue's store. He married the boss's daughter Iona when he was about 25. A year after their marriage, he and two partners opened a gentleman's clothing store in Belle Plaine.

    Three years later the downtown section of Belle Plaine was destroyed by fire. Whereas his father-in-law gave up general merchandizing for the insurance business, William Henry reopened clothing store with one of his previous partners, L. T. Sweet. In 1897 William Henry and Iona, and their two children Lowell and Alice Iona lived at 36 North Maple Street, Belle Plaine. His store, W. H. Burrows & Co, was at 37 Main St., Belle Plaine. In 1898, W. H. Burrows & Co was moved to Oelwein, Fayette county, Iowa.

    By 1900, the Burrowses had moved to Marshalltown, Marshall county, Iowa. Their address appears to have been 5 West Grant St., Marshalltown, Iowa. According to Catherine Cramer, William Henry's grandaugther, they had two houses in Marshalltown--one at 111 North First St., and one on Fourth St. In 1901, L.T. Sweet had died and the partnership disolved. At that time the business was located in Marshalltown. There is no record of when it moved there from Oelwein.

    They lived in Marshalltown until 1906, when they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they lived at 1126 First Ave until 1917. In 1908 W. H. Burrows & Co. appears to have been located at 116-118 South Second Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. By 1916 William Henry was in the automobile business and his son Lowell was encouraging him to go back into the clothing business, which he apparently did in 1917, when he moved to Iowa Falls and purchased William Weldon's department store. According to Cathy Cramer, who lived with her garndparents for a year and a half when her mother was suffering from a spinal tumor, William Henry had two men's clothing stores--one in Iowa Falls and one in Eldora and between the two stores he put up little advertising signs each with a line of a jingle which he wrote, and which were spaced just the distance to read as one drove along the road. Supposedly the old Burma Shave signs were a copy of these signs.

    In the mid-1930's Iona had a long bout with cancer. In 1934 she and William Henry moved to Pasadena, California to be with their daughters Helen and Iona. She died there in 1936. William Henry stayed on in Pasadena after Iona's death and lived in the Elks Club on Colorado Blvd. He died there in 1946.
  • Date: 2 Sep 2002
  • Note: Who were Mona (Moner) and Bunner?
  • Date: 17 Mar 2002 2 1 7 8 6 5 4 3
  • _NOPOR: Y
  • RELA: Helen supplied the information in her father's death certificate
  • RELA: WHB had a document that seemed to refer to 2 brothers
  • RELA: WHB had a document that seemed to refer to 2 brothers
  • Change Date: 12 MAR 2009 at 15:39:46

    Father: Thomas Burrows b: BET 8 SEP 1841 AND 7 SEP 1842 in ,, Ireland
    Mother: Martha Lowell b: INT SEP 1839 (JLB estimate) in ,, NY

    Marriage 1 Iona Belle Blue b: 28 JUN 1868 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
    • Married: 11 JUN 1889 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA 2 5
    • Change Date: 25 Jun 2005
    1. Has Children Lowell Anderson Burrows b: 4 NOV 1891 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
    2. Has Children Alice Iona Burrows b: 7 NOV 1894 in Belle Plaine, Benton, IA
    3. Has No Children Helen Dorcas Burrows b: 23 DEC 1896
    4. Has Children Marian D. Burrows b: 27 OCT 1898 in IA

    1. Title: Death Certificate -- William Henry Burrows
      Abbrev: WHB Death Certificate
      Date: 25 Jun 2005
    2. Title: Belle Plaine Biographical Directory, 1897
      Abbrev: Belle Plaine Directory, 1897
      Text: Blue J D Insurance no 68 and 70 N Beech ME ch born in Mt. Vernon O Sep 16 '44 Ella Anderson his wife born in Marion O Oct 1 '44 ME ch Mar Aug 15 '67 Children: Mrs Iona Burrows; Leonard A. born Feb 1, 1870 Oskaloosa Ia; Alice E. born Oct 25 '71; Thomas C born Apr 22 '73 res in Storm Lake Ia; Robert born Oct 3 1876; Jon D Jr born July 25 1878

      Burrows Wm H, W H Burrows & Co clothing no 37 Main St Res no 36 N Maple ME ch K of P AF & AM st B Com KT born July 25 1865 Iona Blue his wife was born in Belle Plaine June 28 1868 ME ch mar June 11 '89 children: Lowell A. born Nov 9 '91; Alice Iona born Nov 7 '94,

      K of P = Knights of Pythias
      AF & AM = Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
      ME ch = Methodist church

      SNYDER Charles W E. Atty at law. No 41 N Maple. ME Ch. IOOF K of P Woodmen Redmen. Born in Belle Plaine May 22 1868. Jennie Furnas his wife born in Iowa Co Ia May 25 1869. Married Sept 2 1891. Children: Lois born June 22 1892; Edward born Dec 15 1893; Donale born Mar 17 1896.

      SNYDER F E. Furniture and coal. No 64 Main St cor Maple. Res No 26 N Beech SE cor 3rd Ave E. ME Ch. ILH. Born in Germany Jan 1 1834. Angeline Monsmith his wife born in Ohio Dec 24 1838. Married Nov 6 1858. Children: Mrs Ella Ferguson born May 29 1863, res in Perry Ia; Charles W E (see); Adaline born Nov 3 1873, died May 3 1884.


      Mount Horeb Chapter No. 45. Royal Arch Masons
      Organized in 1868. Charter members 18. Present membership 50.
      Meets Monday on or before full moon, in Masonic Temple.
      M.E.H.P. S.P. VanDike
      E.K. E.P. Willey
      E.S. J.B. Cox
      Treasurer C.A. Blossom
      Secretary W.C. Scrimgeour
      C. of H. S.H. Brown
      Prin. S.J. R. Rippin
      R.A. Cap. T.F. Murray
      M. 3rd V. John Speer
      M. 2nd V. Wm. Burrows
      M. 1st V. TomOgilvie
      Sentinel John Holland

      St. Bernard Commandry. No. 14 Knights Templar
      Organized Dec. 16, 1869. Charter members unknown. Present membership 72.
      Meets in Masonic Temple 2nd Thursday every month.
      Eminent Commander J.J. Dayton
      Generalissimo O.F. Allen
      Capt. General S.H. Brown
      Prelate Robt. Rippin
      Treasurer C.A. Blossom
      Recorder Thomas Lawrence
      Sr. Warden L.M. Johnson
      Jr. Warden W.H. Burrows
      Standard bearer Thos. Ogilvie
      Sword bearer W.W. Elliott
      Warder E.P. Willey
      Sentinel Wm. Lester


      The First Methodist Episcopal Church
      Board of Stewards: A.J. Hartman, Pres., Louis Grossman, W.H.
      Burrows, Robert Nicholson, W.J. Guinn, Fred W. Browne, Mrs. L.W. Hartman,
      E.E. Dwyer, W.D. Barnard, Miss Anna Bangs, Mrs. Dr. Vincent, Walter
      Robinson and W.Donovan.

      Trustees: A.J. Hartman, J.D. Blue, D.C. McCormick, C.W.E. Snyder,
      E.A. Palmer, John Robinson and M.V. Foote.

      Sec. of Official Board, J.D. Blue; Sunday School Supt., S.B.
      Montgomery; Asst. W.H. Burrows; Secretary, Bert Coffin; Treasurer, C.H.
      Date: 25 Nov 2007
    3. Title: 1920 US Census, Iowa Falls, Hardin, Iowa
      Abbrev: 1920 Census, Iowa Falls
      Text: <div><pre>
      BURROWS, WILLIAM H (1920 U.S. Census)
      Age: 54, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: IL
      Series: T625 Roll: 492 Page: 150

      Sarah Ave

      320 439 485 Burrows, William H Head 0 M M W 54 M Y Y Illinois New York New York Y Merchant
      -------, Iona B Wife F W 51 M Y Y Iowa Ohio Ohio Y None
      -------, Iona Daughter F W 25 S Y Y Iowa Illinois Iowa Y Teacher
      -------, Hellen D Daughter F W 23 S Y Y Iowa Illinois Iowa Y None
      -------, Marian D Daughter F W 20 S Y Y Y Iowa Illinois Iowa Y None
      Date: 4 Jul 2005
    4. Title: 1910 US Census, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa
      Abbrev: 1910 Census, Cedar Rapids
      Text: <div><pre>
      BURROWS, WILLIAM H (1910 U.S. Census)
      Age: 40, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: IL
      Series: T624 Roll: 411 Page: 119

      Second Avenue

      1340 63 66 Burrows, William H Head M W 43 M1 21 Illinois Iowa Ireland Eng Mercantile Clothing OA No 0 Y Y R H 1- 3 3 X
      -------, Iona B Wife F W 40 M1 21 4 4 Iowa Ohio Ohio Eng None Y Y
      -------, Lowell A Son M W 18 S Iowa Illinois Iowa Eng None Y Y Y
      -------, Iona ? Daughter F W 15 S Iowa Illinois Iowa Eng None Y Y Y
      -------, Helena D Daughter F W 13 S Iowa Illinois Iowa Eng None Y Y Y
      -------, Marian D Daughter F W 11 S Iowa Illinois Iowa Eng None Y Y Y

      STULL, FRANK E (1910 U.S. Census)
      Age: 38, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: MI
      Series: T624 Roll: 411 Page: 168
      Date: 2 Jul 2005
    5. Title: 1900 US Census, Marshalltown City, Marshall, Iowa
      Abbrev: 1900 Census, Marshalltown
      Text: <div><pre>
      BURRONS, WILLIAM H (1900 U.S. Census)
      Age: 36, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: IL
      Series: T623 Roll: 447 Page: 176

      5 73 79 Burrows, William H Head W M July 1864 35 M 11 Illinois Vermont Vermont Merchant (clothier) 0 Y Y Y R H
      Iona B Wife W F June 1868 31 M 11 4 4 Iowa Ohio Ohio Y Y Y
      Lowell A Son W M Nov 1891 8 S Iowa Illinois Iowa School 9 Y Y Y
      Alice I Daughter W F Nov 1894 5 S Iowa Illinois Iowa School (Kin) 9 N N Y
      Helen D Daughter W F Dec 1896 3 S Iowa Illinois Iowa N N Y
      Marion D Daughter W F Oct 1898 1 S Iowa Illinois Iowa
      Atwood, Hattie Servant W F Nov 1880 19 S South Dakota Vermont Iowa Domestic 0 Y Y Y
      Date: 25 Jun 2005
    6. Title: 1880 US Census, Fulton, Whiteside, Illinois
      Abbrev: 1880 Census, Fulton, IL
        Name: Family History Library
        Date: 4 Feb 2006

      Text: <div><pre>
      Census Place Fulton, Whiteside, Illinois
      Page Number 40C

      Name Relation Gender Age Birth Occupation Father Mother
      Cook KNOTT Self M Male W 32 IA Works In Saw Mill OH OH
      Martha KNOTT Wife M Female W 36 NY Keeping House VT VT
      Lulu KNOTT Dau S Female W 16 IL At Home IA NY
      Willie KNOTT Son Male W 15 IL Works In Saw Mill IA NY
      Date: 26 Jun 2005
    7. Title: Burrows/Blue gravesite Oak Hill Cemetery
      Abbrev: Oak Hill Cemetery
      Author: Jim Burrows
      Text: <div>
      I have twice been to the family grave site in Belle Plaine. There is one large central stone. On one side (the North?) is carved the name Burrows. On the other side the name Blue is carved above the name Noble. There are three smaller stones to the North? and four in the opposite direction. All of the stones but that of Dr. Noble are of the same style. His is larger and simpler.
      The cemetary records indicate that there are two unmarked graves in the plot--those of Thomas C. Blue and his wife Winnie Taylor Blue. It would appear that neither was cremated. Records indicate that Lowell, Wm H. and Alice were cremated, but Alice's grave is marked with wire as if her body were buried there.
      The stones are arranged thus:
      The inscriptions read:
      Dr. E. P. Noble / 1868 - 1904 / At Rest<br>
      Alice Blue Noble / 1871 Peterson 1962<br>
      Father / John D. Blue / 1844 - 1930<br>
      Mother / Ella A. Blue / 1844 - 1939<br>
      Iona Blue Burrows / 1868 - 1936<br>
      William H. Burrows / 1865 - 1946<br>Lowell A. Burrows / 1891 - 1938<br>
      Iona's grave is also marked by two metal markers--one for the DAR, and one for the PEO.
      We have since buried my grandmother, Grace, in her husband Lowell's plot.</div>
      Date: 12 MAR 2009
    8. Title: 1870 US Census, Tipton, Cedar, IA
      Abbrev: 1870 census, Cedar Co.
      Text: <div><pre>
      BURROWS, THOMAS (1870 U.S. Census)
      Age: 25, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: IREL
      Series: M593 Roll: 380 Page: 170

      Male Citizen of the United States 21 years of age and upward --+
      Mother of foreign birth ---+ |
      Father of foreign birth ---+ | |
      | | |
      Dwl Fam Name Age S M Occupation Birthplace v v v
      --- --- --------------- --- - - ------------- ----------
      203 210 Burrows, Thomas 25 M W Laborer 100 Ireland Y Y Y
      _____, Martha 27 F W Keeping House N.Y.
      _____, Lula 7 F W Illinois Y
      _____, William 5 M W Illinois Y

      206 213 Knott, Solomon 75 M W 8100 900 Penna Y
      _____, Permela 75 F W Penna
      Maglaughlin, Lora 20 F W Iowa

      224 228 Knott, Joseph 42 M W Blacksmith Penna
      _____, Mary 26 F W Keeping House Penna
      _____, Franklin 5 M W Iowa
      _____, Solomon 1 M W Iowa
      Date: 27 Nov 2007
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