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Francis Joseph BURKLEY


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Francis Joseph BURKLEY 2159,2220

  • Born: 24 Oct 1857, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA 2159
  • Marriage: Anna M. BURKLEY (NEE UNKNOWN) on 24 Oct 1888 in Chillicothe, Ohio 2159
  • Died: 9 Sep 1940 at age 82 2127
  • Buried: Sep 1940, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA 2127

bullet   Another name for Francis was Frank.


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Residence, 1860, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2220 living with his parents.

Residence, 1870, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2222 living with his parents.

Newspaper Article, 18 Oct 1892, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 141 SAID GOOD-BYE TO BURKLEY
The Retirement of the Business Manager of the World-Herald
A Pleasant Dinner Given in His Honor at the Omaha Club - Some Amusing Reminiscences
The retirement of Mr. Frank J. Burkley from the business management of the WORLD-HERALD was the occasion last evening of a dinner given in his honor at the Omaha Club by Mr. Gilbert M. Hitchcock, editor of the WORLD-HERALD. Besides the guest and host of the evening, there were representatives of all departments of the WORLD-HERALD and Mr. Vincent Burkley and Mr. H. V. Burkley, both at one time connected with the paper. The editorial staff was represented by Mr. R. B. Peattie, managing editor; Mr. S. F. Woodbridge, city editor, and Mr. R. C. Craven, night editor. The composing room was represented by Mr. William MacDiarmid, superintendent of printing, and the press room by Mr. Jacob Rainer, its superintendent. The Council Bluffs department was represented by Mr. H. E. Grimm and the South Omaha department by Mr. E. O. Mayfield. From the business office, those present were A. F. Bethge, cashier; W. H. Wilbur, manager outside circulation; William H. Dox, city circulator; Hubert O. Burris, weekly circulator; Charles Butler, superintendent of mail room; R. E. Douglas and J. F. Ryan, city advertising agents; Guy Stephens, clerk of advertisements and Frank Trumbull, city collector. Dinner was served at 6:30, and at its close when cigars had been passed Mr. Hitchcock proposed the health of the guest of the evening which all drank standing. In some brief remarks Mr. Hitchcock gave expression to the high esteem which he and all the others connected with the WORLD-HERALD felt for Mr. Buckley, whose industry, ability and integrity had done so much to build up one of the largest papers of the west in the course of seven years. In response to this Mr. Buckley amidst frequent interruptions of laughter said: MR. BUCKLEY'S RESPONSE
More than seven years ago in the law office of an attorney, now the distinguished editor of WORLD-HERALD, there were assembled Mr. G. M. Hitchcock, Mr. W. V. Rooker, Mr. William F. Gurley, Mr. Alfred Millard and myself for the purpose of incorporating the World Publishing company, and beginning the publication of the Omaha Daily World, a prospective newspaper and one which we all agreed was to fill a long felt want. Mr. Hitchcock was to furnish the capital, or most of it, Mr. Rooker and myself were suppose to furnish what we had of a somewhat limited experience, Mr. Gurley was to shake hands with everybody and tell them what a good paper we had and Mr. Millard was to "OK" the overdrafts which even to our embryotic newspaper minds we foresaw with true newspaper instincts. On August 24, 1885, the ship was launched and she splashed water all over herself the first few issues. Mr. Hitchcock was unfortunately called away to Colorado by the illness of his wife a few days before the date set for our first issue, and the first few days we were, you might say, without a rudder. A person who enters the well equipped newspaper office in Omaha today where every department is run by experienced men on a system which years of trial have demonstrated as the best; can have a very faint conception of the actual slavery which we had to undergo during the first few weeks of our newspaper's life. Mr. Hitchcock wrote all the editorials and devoted his spare time to any other department where his services were the most necessary. Mr. Rooker handled the telegraph and all other copy, and Mr. Woodbridge and Mr. Gurley covered the entire country and Council Bluffs for all local news and grapevine telegraph. Mr. V. Burkley and myself constituted the entire force of the business office for the first few months. We printed our paper on a drum cylinder press without a folder, and frequently the entire editorial and business office force was insufficient to fold papers fast enough to supply the demand. The positions of pressman, engineer, press feeder were combined in the person of one man, and on the occasion when he was a little worse for the wear, Mr. Hitchcock ran the engine while I fed the press. We had eight men and a strike in the composing room on the first day. It seemed that the son of our foreman had at one time been a collector or something in a rat office in Kansas City, and therefore no type could be set until that matter had been adjusted, which I believe was accomplished by the son agreeing to join the union. As our fame spread subscribers began to come in from outside the city until it became necessary to enlarge our work force, which we did by getting Mr. Hitchcock's stable boy to come down every evening and do some mailing. Our system of mailing was to write each man's name and address on his paper with a blue lead pencil and then glue up the papers with the editorial pastepot. Our circulation was continually growing and a city circulator soon became a necessity. So one day when a tramp giving his name as Jimmie Ryan came into the office and told me he had walked all the way from Minnesota and was hungry, I put him to work on the newspaper rockpile by turning over the city circulation to him. In a few weeks under his vigorous administration, we reached the happy period in which the number of regular subscribers who recieved their papers equaled the number who did not. I might narrate some humorous incidents to you of our early method of doing business which, judged from the standpoint of our present growth, were decidedly crude, but I have always advocated short articles in the paper to save composition bills, and cannot, therefore, consistently transgress my own rule. From this small beginning the Omaha World and it's successor, the Omaha WORLD-HERALD, has grown until it now does a business of about $100,000 a year. If I had contributed in any way to it's growth and development, it is only because of my good fortune in having met with the very best of associates; and the WORLD-HERALD and everyone connected with it will continue to prosper, will be my fondest hope.
Hearty applause greeted the speaker as he closed. Mr. Burkley has already become and active member of the Burkley Printing company, in which he is interested with his father and brother.

Newspaper Article, 19 Oct 1892, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 141 The Passing of Mr. Burkley
Beatrice Express: Yesterday's WORLD-HERALD announces that Frank J. Burkley, for a long time business manager of that paper, has retired and will engage in business for himself in the Burkley Printing company. Upon his retirement from the WORLD-HERALD Mr. Burkley was presented by the working force of that establishment with a handsome, double-barreled shotgun.

Residence, 1880, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2223 living with his parents.

Occupation, 1880, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2223 where he was a telephone operator.

Religion: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2219 He was a member of St. Cecelia's Cathedral of the Catholic Church.

Organizations: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2219 He was a member of Associated Charities of Omaha, Omaha Commercial Club, Omaha Club, and Omaha Country Club.

Hobbies: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2219 such as golf, hunting and fishing.

Politics, 1893, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2219 he was elected to the Omaha City Council and re-elected in 1903. He also served on the Omaha Water Board and was chairman at one point. He was a Democrat.

Residence, 1900, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. at 2312 Webster Street.

Occupation, 1900, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2224 at ____ Printing Company. Frank is widowed at the time of the census.

Residence, 1910, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2225 at 138 North 38 Avenue

Occupation, 1910, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2225 where he was a printer; owner of a printing shop.

Residence, 1920, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2226 at 138 North 38 Avenue

Occupation, 1920, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2226 where he was president of a printing firm.

Biography. 2227 Nebraska: the Land and the People: Volume 2
Frank J. Burkley,president of the Burkley Envelope and Printing Company at 417 South Twelfth Street, Omaha, was born in Omaha, was associated with former Senator Hitchcock in the founding of the Omaha World and the purchase of the Omaha Herald and the consolidation of the two papers and has been closely identified with many other important interests of the city for many years. He was born in Omaha October 24, 1857, a son of Vincent and Theresa (Stelzer) Burkley. His father, who was born in Germany in 1818, came to the United States in 1837, and for eighteen years was in the clothing business at Columbus, Ohio. He was one of the pioneer business men of Omaha, locating in that town, then a river trading post, in 1855. He conducted for many years what was known as the Morning Star Clothing House. On Farnum, between Tenth and Eleventh streets, he built as the home of this business the first two-story brick business block in the city. A later location of the store was at Farnam near Thirteen streets. He was a member of the first school board of Omaha, served in the City Council, represented his district in the first state Legislature and was collector of customs under the Cleveland administration, and these positions and honors reflect the notable prestige and service that mark his citizenship. He was always a Democrat. He and his wife were married in Columbus, Ohio, and she likewise was a native of Germany. Vincent Burkley died July 4, 1898, and his wife, 1908. They were the parents of two sons and four daughters. [p.236] Frank J. Burkley was educated in grammar and high schools until the age of seventeen, then learned telegraphy in the local offices of the Western Union Telegraph Company, was with that company seven years, spent two years as government operator at the government headquarters, Fort Omaha, and for two years had charge of the foreign advertising the Omaha Herald. In 1884 he became associated with G. M. Hitchcock and others in founding the Omaha World, and he acted as business manager of that paper and of the World Herald for seven years. He retired from the newspaper business to join his brother Harry, who for a year had been conducting a job printing business. They incorporated it as the Burkley Printing Company. On January 1, 1916, the Burkley Envelope & Printing Company was incorporated, with Frank J. Burkley president and Harry V. Burkley, secretary and treasurer. This is one of the largest manufacturing concerns in the state. Mr. Burkley has the same public spirit that characterized his father. In 1893 he was elected a member of the City Council from the Eighth Ward, and by re-election served until 1903. He is a democrat, has been a member of Associated Charities of Omaha, is a member of St. Cecelia's Cathedral of the Catholic Church, a member of the Omaha Cornmercial Club, Omaha Club and Omaha Country Club. His favorite recreations are golf, hunting and fishing. He is now chairman of the Omaha Water Board. Mr. Burkley has two daughters: Agnes, wife of Jesse M. Harding; and Mary, wife of Lawrence Brinker, both of Omaha. Mr. Burkley's wife died in 1893. The Burkleys, father, sons and grandsons, have been in business continuously in Omaha since 1855, over seventy years. At the last annual meeting of the Burkley Envelope and Printing Company the following officers were elected: Frank J. Burkley, president; Harry V. Burkley, vice president; Harry V. Burkley, Jr., secretary; and Robert W. Burkley, treasurer, the last two being grandsons of Vincent Burkley, the original pioneer. Thus has been continued in business in Omaha a family which was identified almost from the beginning with the growth and development of the business of the city.

Honors, 1940, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2159 Who's Who in Nebraska: BURKLEY, FRANK J: President Envelope & Printing Co; b Omaha, Neb Oct 24, 1857; s of Vincent Burkley-Theresa Stelzer; ed Omaha HS; m Anna M Burkley Oct 24, 1888 Chillicothe Ohio; d Agnes Marian (Mrs J M Harding), Mary (Mrs Lawrence Brinker); 1875-79 with father in clothing bus, Omaha; 1879-91 supvr eastern advertising & bus mgr, World Herald, Omaha; 1891-38 in bus with brother Harry V; 1938- pres Burkley Envelope & Printing Co; author The Faded Frontier 1935; past pres Bankers B & L Assn; C of C; Ak-Sar-Ben; Omaha Club; Omaha Country Club; Sons of Omaha; St Cecelia's Cath Ch; Dem; father came to Omaha in 1856, oprd 1st clothing store in Omaha; res 138 N 38th Ave, Omaha.

Cemetery, Sep 1940, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 2127 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


Francis married Anna M. BURKLEY (NEE UNKNOWN) on 24 Oct 1888 in Chillicothe, Ohio.2159 (Anna M. BURKLEY (NEE UNKNOWN) died in 1893 2228.)

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