Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sylvester R. Burch.

Sylvester R. Burch.

Birth: Mar. 1, 1842.
Death: Aug. 22, 1910.

Parents: Jesse Burch (____ - 1877), Lucinda Hodges Burch (1821 - 1886).

Burial: Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas.

S. R. BURCH, postmaster, was born in Dresden, Ohio, March 1, 1842, and was reared on a farm. In the spring of 1857 he removed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he followed farming and school-teaching. On September 11, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Twelfth Iowa Infantry, and served four and one-half years as a soldier, passing through various grades in the army, and for the last nine months of his service was Adjutant General on the staff of Major General Chetlain.

After the war he gave his attention to farming, near Cedar Rapids, until he came to Olathe, in November, 1868. June 1, 1869, he opened the American House in company with Peter Cochran, who retired ten years later, he continuing in the business, with Henry Cochran as a partner, until in February, 1882, when he was joined by H. S. Miller, his present partner in this business.

Mr. B. was for six years a member of the City School Board, and during four years of that time filled the office of president of the same. He represented the Second Ward in the City Council two terms, and was elected Mayor of Olathe in 1878, and re-elected in 1879, resigning to accept the Postmastership in February, 1880. He was married in Fairfax, Iowa, July 4, 1868, to Maria Cochran, a native of Ohio. They have three children--Mirtle, Jessie, and Sylvester R. Jr. 

Iowa 12th., Infantry.
Company D.

Burch, Sylvester. (Veteran.) Age 19. Residence Kingston. Enlisted Oct. 14, 1861. Mustered Oct. 26, 1861. Missing in battle April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tenn. Promoted Eighth Corporal Jan. 1, 1863; Seventh Corporal Aug. 3, 1863; Sixth Corporal Sept. 1, 1863; Fifth Corporal Dec.1, 1863. Re-enlisted and re-mustered Jan. 5, 1864. Promoted Sergeant Major June 1, 1864; Adjutant Jan. 21, 1865. Mustered out Jan. 20, 1866, Memphis, Tenn. 

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