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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
be settled in Dallas in 1882. In 1888 he and
his brother, J. E. Burke, established business
for themselves, since which time they have
been having a thriving trade and employing
constantly eight or ten men, their work extending
to various towns in the northern part
of this State.
Mr. Burke's father, E. D. Burke, was a
native of Ireland, was married at Independence,
Louisiana, to Miss Mary Taggart, also
a native of Ireland, was a grocer for thirtyfive
years in New Orleans, before and during
the war had charge of Rowell, Sons W. D., the subject of this
brief notice: Agnes, wife of Frank Alcala;
Margaret M, unmarried and living with her
mother; and Henry D.; the others died in
early childhood. J. E. married Mary Meninger
and their children are: Mamie, Lena
Bell, Irene and John E. Mr. J. E. Burke is
foreman 6n the Houston he died in
1880, a Catholic, aged forty-eight years, and
his wife is still living, in Dallas. Their children
are: August, who married Kate Cramer,
resides in Dallas and has one child, Anna;
Sophie, who is the wife of E. A. Lott, resides
in Dallas and has Teresa, Alfred, John,
Ed. L., Mrs. Burke, John (a contractor in
Dallas), Josie, at home, besides four who
died in early life.
Mr. Burke's children are William H. and
Eleanor Irene. He is a thoroughgoing, earnest
business man, and an enterprising and
public-spirited citizen. Socially, he is a
member of the Dallas Lodge, No. 70, K.
ETH SLOCUM, plaster contractor at
Dallas,-the oldest contractor in his
line of the city,-was born in Harrison
county, West Virginia, in 1839, the thirdborn
of the thirteen children of Elias and
Maria (Pitcher) Slocum. His father was a
native of Virginia and his mother of Connecticut.
The grandfather, Slocum, a native of
New Jersey, settled in Virginia. Elias'
Slocum, a farmer, died in Virginia, about
1878, at the age of sixty-five years. He was
a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal
Church for many years, and of good reputation
and extensive influence. At one time he
was president of the agricultural society of
Clarksburg, West Virginia. His widow died
in the spring of 1892, at the age of about
seventy-five years. She had been totally
blind for about twelve years before her death,
having lost her sight from catarrh. She was
a good Christian woman.
Mr. Slocum, our subject, was raised on a
farm in Virginia. In 1863 he enlisted in
Company D, Nineteenth Virginia Cavalry,
and served therein until the close of the war,
being engaged in the battles of Droop Mountain,
Virginia, Fisher's Hill, Champion Hill,
Shenandoah Valley, etc. Two horses were
killed under him. At Droop Mountain he
was wounded. After the war he went to
Ohio, and learned his trade at Parkersburg,
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/384/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.