Death Takes Former Prothonotary
James Harvey Burge, 503 Bowlby street, prominent Waynesburg resident and the only Greene County prothonotary to serve sixteen consecutive years in any county office, succumbed to a heart ailment in the Greene County Memorial Hospital Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock. He was 75 years of age.
Although he had been in failing health for some time, his condition did not become serious until Friday morning when he was admitted to the hospital at 2:30 o'clock.
Mr. Burge, a son of the late Jackson and Luvetta Fordyce Burge, was born in the Fordyce district of Greene Township on Oct. 22, 1874. He operated a farm in the township until 1910 when he moved to Waynesburg. For many years he was a livestock dealer here.
He was elected prothonotary in 1931 and served continuously through 1947.
On Christmas Day 1901 he was united in marriage to Eva Russell who preceded him in death on December 9, 1942.
He was a member of the Washington Street Methodist Church, Lodge No 469, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was a charter member and past president of Waynesburg Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He is survived by one son, H. Russell Burge, a local automobile mechanic. A sister is deceased.
BURGE - Friends are being received at the Samuel P. Weaver Funeral Home, 182 West High St., where funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1949 at 1:30 p.m. for James Harvey Burge, 503 Bowlby St., who died in the Greene County Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 10. Services will be conducted by Rev. Lew F. Johnston and Rev. O. W. Bolton. Interment will be in the Garards Fort Cemetery.
Democrat Messenger, December 12, 1949 (Greene County, PA)
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