When asked for data from which to prepare a sketch of his life, he wrote: "Mine has been a very uneventful life, and while it has had its stirring events I have had no political or jail record with which to make history."
He was educated in the public schools of Lafayette. When nineteen years of age he took up newspaper work on the "Lafayette Sunday Times," and later with the "Lafayette Morning Journal." From Lafayette he went to Paducah, Ky., as managing editor of the "Morning Enterprise." While resident there he was married to Clara May Covert on Oct. 27, 1881, in Lafayette.
Miss Clara May Covert was born Feb. 22, 1863, two miles south of Lafayette. She was the daughter of William M. and Sarah Hutchinson Covert, who were married in Avon, N. Y. Her father was born in Ohio. He enlisted as a private in Co. I, 11th Indiana Cavalry, and died in 1864 while in the service of the U. S.
In 1882 Mr. Burroughs went from Paducah to Louisville, Ky., to become city editor of the "Daily World." Soon afterward he became telegraphic editor of that paper, and later he was city editor of the "Courier-Journal." In 1886-7 he did legislative and state politics work on the "Louisville Daily Commercial", having, on account of political affiliations, together with a dozen other writers on the "Courier-Journal", been asked to resign in order to make room for Democrats.
He left the "Louisville-Commercial" in order to establish the first Republican newspaper ever published in the fifth congressional district of Kentucky. This paper, "The Central City Republican," published in Mechlenberg Co., was a success from the beginning. After its establishment the Republicans effected an organization in the county for the first time, and the second year they won in both county and district.
In 1887 Mr. Burroughs moved to Kansas and purchased the "Hope Herald." In 1889 he was appointed postmaster and served until his removal to Abilene, Kansas, in 1892. At Abilene he established the "Daily Chronicle," which still exists.(1913) On account of a long period of sickness he was compelled to sell the "Daily Chronicle" in 1899. In 1900 he removed to Concordia, Kan., where he purchased the "Weekly Blade", which he converted into the "Daily Blade", of which he has since been the editor. The "Daily Blade" has absorbed the "Concordia Empire" and "Concordia Daylight", rival papers.
In 1910 he located in Topeka, Kan., and is now engaged in commercial printing business under the firm name of Burroughs and Jones. He is a member of numerous fraternal societies.
Covert Gish, b. Oct. 21, 1882.
Doris Delilah, b. Oct. 13, 1891.
Covert Gish, (George4, George3, Rebecca2, John1) only son of George W. and Clara Covert Burroughs, was born Oct. 21, 1882, in Louisville, Ky. To learn where his boyhood was spent and his education secured one must read the sketch of his father's life.
He was married July 10, 1907, at Crookston, Minn., to Miss Gertrude M. Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Parker of Abilene, Kan. He was general superintendent for a time of the Parker factories at Abilene. This company is the largest manufacturer of amusement devices in America.
Having lost his wife, Mr. Covert G. Burroughs was again married on Sept. 29, 1912, to Miss Grace Royer, of Topeka, Kan. He resides in Topeka and is now a traveling salesman. He is a member of the U. C. T., Elks, and K. O. T. M.
Doris Delilah (George4, George3, Rebecca2, John1) is the only daughter of George W. and Clara Covert Burroughs. She was born in Hope, Dickinson Co., Kan., October 13, 1891. She graduated from the Concordia High School in 1911. She is a member of the Episcopal Church. Miss Doris is a very popular young lady in Concordia and Topeka.