Biography of F. J. Burke
Cambria County, PA Biographies

F. J. Burke is well known at St. Michael as a merchant and as the manager of the St. Michael Athletic Association. He was born at Camden, N. J., Sept. 29, 1886, and is the son of Michael and Mary Ann (Burkhart) Burke.

Michael Burke spent his early life at Camden, where he was employed in a nickel works as foreman. He lived at Latrobe, Pa., for 25 years. Mr. and Mrs. Burke are deceased.

F. J. Burke received his education in the parochial schools of Latrobe. At an early age he became interested in baseball and played on the Portage team as a member of the Cambria County League. He also served as manager of the ball club in 1914 and 1915 and was its president. At the outbreak of the World War he enlisted for service, May 3, 1917, and was sent to the Columbus barracks for a short time. He was later transferred to the Washington barracks and entrained Aug. 6, 1917, for Saint Nazairre, France, arriving Aug. 20, 1917, with the first regiment of engineers that landed there. He was stationed at Goudrecourt with the First Army Corps, where he gave instruction to embryo officers. on barbed wire entanglement work. Dec. 19, 1917, his company was transferred to DeMonges, and later took over a section of the North Toule sector. During the offensive at Soissons Mr. Burke was severely wounded. After his discharge from the hospital he engaged in engineering work with the rank of sergeant. He spent 23 months in France and upon his return to this country went to Portage. Mr. Burke is now engaged in the confectionery business and operates a news stand as well. The local post office is located in the Burke store and is in charge of Mrs. Burke.

On Oct. 16, 1922, Mr. Burke was married to Miss Jane Campbell, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Supple) Campbell. Mr. Campbell was born in Scotland and resides at Portage. His wife, a native of Pennsylvania, is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Burke have a son, Donald Michael, born Jan. 13, 1924.

Mr. Burke is a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

The officers of St. Michael Athletic Association are: J. L. Lewis, president; J. E. Fawcett, vice president; J. Ward Hile, treasurer and secretary; Dr. E. P. Dickinson, club surgeon; F. J. Burke, manager, and Joe Mattis, assistant manager.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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