Burns, Patrick J. (April 13, 1846 - October 15, 1938)

Patrick Burns Dies at Age of

Ninety-Two Passes Away at Hospital Saturday-Bedfast Four Years

Douglas Budget - October 20, 1938

Patrick J. Burns died about noon Saturday at the Douglas hospital following a long period of illness, the past four years of which kept him confined to his bed. He was on his ninety-third year, having been born April 13, 1846. He was removed to the hospital last Thursday from the Titterington home where he had been cared for the past several years.

Burns was born at Newark, N.J. Little can be learned of his early day life. He as no immediate relatives, the closest of kin being a niece, Marguerite Boyle of Clinton, Ia. His wife died in Douglas in 1926.

As a young man Burns worked on a railroad in New Jersey, moving to Illinois, in 1868 came to Cheyenne, where he was employed by the Union Pacific. He also was a blacksmith for a time during his residence in Cheyenne. He came to Douglas in 1900 and in 1901 built a brick home on East Center street, east of the Jenne home. This property he willed to Cheyenne Lodge No. 1, I.O.O.F., of which he had been a member since 1881. Burns saw President Lincoln when he was still alive and remembered him while lying in state following his assassination.

He was engineer of the local brickyard and tended business buildings here as janitor previous to the illness which kept him confined to his bed.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Hofmann Chapel with the Douglas Lodge of Odd Fellows in charge. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.


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