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Services to Be Held at the Christian

Church at 2 O'Clock--Masonic

Services at Deepwood


   The news of the death of Judge C. G. Burton, which was received yesterday afternoon by Judge O. H. Hoss, was a distinct shock to the many friends of Judge Burton in this city.

   Death occurred in Kansas City in the home of his niece, Mrs. A. C. Stowell, Jr., Chatham Hotel, whom he and Mrs. Burton had been visiting, arriving there from their home, Portland, Oregon, three weeks ago.

   Their daughter, Mrs. Ralph Coan, of Portland, has been in Kansas city since Saturday.

   The message to Judge Hoss did not state the nature or duration of Judge Burton's illness.

   The body, accompanied by Mrs. Burton and daughter, Mrs. Ralph Coan, niece, Mrs. A. C. Stowell, and Mr. Stowell, and Mrs. Prudence Morrison, will arrive at 12:10 o'clock tomorrow from Kansas City.

   The body will be taken directly to the Christian church where it will lie in state until the hour of the funeral, 2 p.m.  A Masonic guard of honor will be stationed at the church.

   Rev. J. A. Stout will conduct the funeral and the service will be concluded at Deepwood with the Masonic burial service.

   Honorary pallbearers will be Judge B. G. Thurman, Col. H. C. Moore, Dr. E. A. Dulin, J. B. Robinson, M. T. January and Charles A. Logan.

   Active pallbearers will be selected from the Masonic order.

   The American Legion will act also as an honorary escort and will fire a salute at the grave.

   Mrs. Burton and party will be the guests of Judge O. H. Hoss and Mrs. Hoss.

   Judge Burton was a native of Ohio, born in Cleveland, April 4, 1846, and was therefore nearly four score years old.

   He enlisted at the age of nineteen, and before he had finished his studies in the public schools, in the Nineteenth Ohio Infantry, and entered the Union army, taking part in the battle of Pittsburg Landing and skirmishes before Corinth.  After returning from the war he continued his studies, deciding upon the law as his profession.  He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1867 and served a short time as clerk of the court of common pleas, but in 1868 went to Virgil City, Mo., and there, except for a short time spent in Kansas, practiced his profession three years.

   In 1871 he settled in Nevada, and the following year was elected circuit attorney and filled the position until that office was abolished.  In the legislature of 1879 he had the unanimous support of the republican members for United States senator, but Missouri having a large democratic majority he failed of an election.

   In 1880 he was elected judge of the twenty-fifth judicial circuit and served six years.

   In 1894 Judge Burton was elected congressman, his majority of 2,500 votes in a largely democratic district attested to his personal popularity.

   He was for many years vice president of the Thornton Bank, one of this section's oldest and strongest financial institutions.

   Judge Burton was united in marriage January 1, 1874, to Miss Alice A. Rogers of Clinton, who survives him.  Three children were born to them, a son who died in infancy and a daughter who passed away at the age of five years.  One daughter, Mrs. Ralph Coan, of Portland, Oregon, also survives him.

   In 1907 judge Burton received the appointment from President Roosevelt of internal revenue collector at Kansas City, the appointment coming without solicitation and to the Judge's great surprise.

   Judge and Mrs. Burton then moved to Kansas City and remained there until 1913 when they moved to Portland, Oregon, where their daughter resided, but still called Nevada home.

   Judge Burton was a man of forceful and magnetic personality, a brilliant and eloquent orator, ranking with the most able in the halls of congress.  He possessed a keen mentality and was a clear and logical thinker, with a comprehensive grasp of the affairs of state and nation and stood high in the national councils of his party.  He numbered among his personal friends both President McKinley and President Harding.  As an after dinner speaker and raconteur he was most happy, his fame extending all over the country.

   He served as commander-in-chief of the G. A. R. a number of years ago.  He was a member of the Mystic Shrine Ararat Temple of Kansas City, but retained his membership in the Osage Lodge No. 303 A. F. and A. M. Nevada, Royal Arch Chapter No. 56, and O'Sullivan Commandery No. 15 in Nevada.  He was a charter member of the Elks Lodge of this city and its first exalted ruler.

The Nevada Daily Mail and Evening Post, Nevada, MO.

February 25, 1926.




Funeral Held in that City Monday--Interment to Be Here Later.

   Judge and Mrs. O. H. Hoss received a message Monday morning from Mrs. Ralph Coan, at Portland, Oregon, stating that her mother, Mrs. C. G. Burton, passed away Saturday morning.

   Death came suddenly at the home of Mrs. Coan and resulted from a heart attack.

   Mrs. Burton had been failing in strength the past two months, Mrs. Coan said in her message.

   The funeral was held in Portland Monday afternoon, and sometime later the body will be brought here for interment.

   Mrs. Coan is the only surviving child.

   Mrs. Burton before her marriage was Miss Rogers of Clinton and she and Judge Burton of this city were married in that city January 1st, 1874.  They made Nevada their home for many years, both taking an active part in the life of the community.  Judge Burton was an able and distinguished lawyer and held important offices in both county and state.

   A number of years ago Judge and Mrs. Burton moved to Portland, Oregon, where their daughter, Mrs. Coan, and family resided.

   Judge Burton passed away several years ago.

The Nevada Daily Mail and Evening Post, Nevada, MO.

Monday, February 25, 1935.




Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada

Vernon County, Missouri



Charles G. Burton

Apr. 4, 1846 - Feb. 25, 1926


Alice A. Burton

Oct. 25, 1854 - Feb. 23, 1935



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