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Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, June 9, 1932




Had Been In Poor Health For More Than Year; Funeral Friday


Mrs. Pearl F. Burge died Wednesday evening following an operation performed last week at the Holyoke hospital. Mrs. Burge, who was 50 years old, had been in ill health for more than a year, spending several months at Rochester, Minnesota last year while recovering from an operation. Since that time she had not been strong, although in seeming good health until she was stricken Thursday of last week.


Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon at the Methodist church. Burial will be in the Holyoke cemetery.


Mrs. Burge, whose maiden name was Jett Harris, was born March 24, 1882, at Harris, Arkansas, the town being named after her father. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and it was while a student there that she was married to Mr. Burge June 27, 1900.


For a time they lived in Arkansas, later moving to Missouri and then to Iowa, where they engaged in a general merchandise business for 12 years.


Mr. and Mrs. Burge came to Holyoke in 1915, operating a store here for several years, and later entered the hotel business which they had conducted since 1922.


Besides her husband Mrs. Burge is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Henry Mason of Perry Grove, Arkansas, and Mrs. J.L. McGuire of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Neither of these will be able to attend the funeral.



Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, June 16, 1932




Sermon Preached By Rev. J.G. Olmsted Of Local Christian Church


Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church for Mrs. Pearl F. Burge, who died last Wednesday evening.


Rev. John G. Olmsted preached the funeral sermon, and he was assisted in the service by Rev. John W. Bailey, who gave the prayer, and Rev. Paul M. Joy, who read the obituary. Rev. M.B. Beattie led in prayer at the grave.


A mixed quartet of the Methodist church sang three selections. “The City Foursquare,” “Lead Kindly Light,” and “Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere.” A profusion of flowers decorated the church.


Interment was made in the Holyoke cemetery. Colver brothers had charge of the funeral arrangements.


The obituary read by Rev. Joy is as follows:


Jett I. Harris was born in Harris, Arkansas, on March 24, 1882. The town of Harris was named for her father, who was a Union soldier. The Harris family were old settlers of Arkansas. When their daughter was thirteen years old they moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Here the young lady attended the University of Arkansas, and here she married Pearl Burge. Mr. and Mrs. Burge went to live in Purdy, Missouri, where Mr. Burge was

in the mercantile business. They went from Purdy to Conway, Iowa, where they resided for eight years. In Conway Mr. Burge was in business with his brother, Henry. After a delightful rest in California, Mr. and Mrs. Burge made their home in Sharpsburg, Iowa for a time and then moved to Creston, Iowa. In 1915 they came to Holyoke and have made this their home since that time. After four years as a merchant, Mr. Burge went into

the hotel business, in which his wife was his very efficient and charming helper.


Mrs. Burge passed away on June 8 at eight o’clock in the evening. She is survived by her devoted husband and by two sisters, one of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and the other of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


When a young woman Mrs. Burge united with the Christian church.


Mrs. Burge was known among her many friends of Holyoke as a woman of business ability. She has been of real assistance to her husband in operating the Hotel Burge and has helped greatly in creating there an atmosphere that has made the traveling men, “Her Boys” as she called the, drive many miles out of the way in order to spend the night there.


Mrs. Burge was a lover of the beautiful, wherever found. She was a woman of grace and dignity, one who was admired by all who knew her. She never complained of her own ailments, but gave largely of her sympathy to others who were in distress of any kind.


Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, June 22, 1932


CARD OF THANKS - I wish to thank all of my friends for their assistance and kind expressions of sympathy during the illness and death of my wife. I also wish to thank those who sent flowers. -


P.F. Burge