Randolph County, Indiana
Austin H. Burke
A man of marked
individuality, Austin H. Burke, well-known cement contractor and builder
of Winchester is a typical representative of that large and enterprising class
of business men to whom Randolph county owes much of its prosperity and
development, and his record shows him to have been faithful in the performance
of his duty in the community to his neighbors and to himself. He is the scion
of a sterling old family of West Virginia, noted for their industry, integrity,
hospitality and public-spiritedness.
Mr. Burke was
born September 3, 1877 in Randolph county, West Virginia. He is a son of John
and Martha (Ferguson) Burke. The father engaged all his life in
general agricultural pursuits and spent his active life in West Virginia, but
after the death of his wife in 1892 he came with his family to Winchester,
Randolph county, Indiana, and here again engaged in farming which he followed
with his usual success for a period of seven years when he retired.
Austin H. Burke was reared on the home farm in West Virginia and
there worked hard when a boy, and during the winter months he attended the
public schools in his community. After coming to Indiana he worked on his father's
farm until he was twenty-one years of age, when he engaged in the cement
contracting business. Being apt to learn and a young man of ambition, he soon
had mastered the ins and outs of the business and had a good start in the same,
and he has remained in this business continuously ever since. He started with
little capital, but he was a boy of good character and he had all the credit
necessary, and he succeeded from the first, his business continuing to grow
with the years until it has now assumed large proportions and he is known,
favorably and well all over this section of the state, where many fine
buildings, business, public and private, stand as monuments to his skill and
honesty as a builder. He does all kinds of cement work, from the plain
substantial to the ornamental and fantastic in building. He also handles all
kinds of building material and is regarded as one of Randolph county's most
reliable contractors. His business extends far beyond the confines of this
county and he is a very busy man at all seasons.
Mr. Burke was married on July 13, 1902, to Ella M.
Summers, daughter of David and Elmira (Rough) Summers, an
excellent Randolph county family. Here Mrs. Burke grew to womanhood and
received a good education in the public schools. The union of our subject and
wife has resulted in the birth of one son and one daughter, namely Charles
Mr. Burke is a member of the Independent Order of Red Men, and
politically, he is a Democrat, and has long been interested and active in
public matters. He is a member of the city council of Winchester and has done a
great deal toward the general upbuilding of the town, being an ardent advocate
of substantial public improvements and everything that looks to the betterment
of public conditions.
Mr. Burke's place of business is located at 233 West Washington
street, where he is well situated and where he always carries an excellent
stock of building material.
Personally, he is a genial, companionable, trustworthy gentleman whom
everybody respects and trusts.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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