William A. (1842 - 1933)
Surnames: BURSS RICHARDS WYATT NAUCANON POTTER
----Sources: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 02/16/1933
Burss, William A. (25 AUG 1842 - 11 FEB 1933)
Mr. William A. Burss was born Aug. 25th, 1842 at Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. When about the age of twenty years he moved with his parents to the state of Michigan. Later he came to the state of Wisconsin, there to make his home among the wild woods. On May 8th, 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Rosalia Richards at Augusta, Wis. Shortly after his marriage he came to Reseburg (Clark Co., Wis.) to make his home on his homestead one mile a a half east or Reseburg.
Nine children were born to them, all of whom are living. His wife died Aug. 3rd, 1904. In the year 1882 he moved to a farm two miles south of the village of Thorp, in order to be nearer to the railway depot, and nearer the village which at that time had been opened up. There he resided until sixteen years ago when he moved to his present home under the impression that he would retire from farming and it was here that he passed away last Saturday morning, Feb. 11th, 1933.
In the year 1906 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Clara Wyatt of Michigan, who died in July 1917. Later he married again, this time he marriage Mrs. Martha Jane Naucanon, who survives him. His is also survived by two brothers, Albert Burss of Oswego, Mich., who has reached the great age of 88 years, and R.A. Burss of Seattle, Wash., who has reached the age of 81 years, and seven sons, Chas. E. Burss and Delbert Burss of Thorp, Riley and Walter of Hannibal, Wis., Wilbert of Sheldon, Harrison of Chicago, and Gilbert of Hill City, S.D., and two daughters, Caralyn of Chicago, and Mrs. R.J. Potter of Eau Claire, Wis. Also 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He is the last one of the earliest settlers in this part of Clark County, and has always been a steady and industrious man, ready to do anything to promote the good of the community in which he lived. Worshipping his God in his own quiet way, and as such he will always be remembered by his many friends.
Funeral services were held a the M.E. Church at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Irish officiating. The body was laid to rest in the village cemetery, the six sons acting as pallbearers.
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