Alta Belle Burke

9 November 1874–16 June 1936 (Age 61)
Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life of Alta Belle

When Alta Belle Burke was born on 9 November 1874, in Adams, Illinois, United States, her father, Leander Burke, was 33 and her mother, Sarah L. Rockwell, was 24. She married Stacey L Ferguson in 1892, in Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Ursa, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1930. She died on 16 June 1936, in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

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Stacey L Ferguson
Alta Belle Burke
Marriage: 1892
Roscoe Lloyd Ferguson
Luther Devore Ferguson

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Adams, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 3

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1892 · The Chicago Canal

Age 18

The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.

Name Meaning

1 Irish (of Anglo-Norman origin): habitational name from Burgh in Suffolk, England. This is named with Old English burh ‘fortification’, ‘fortified manor’.2 Norwegian: Americanized form of Børke, a habitational name from any of eight farms in southeastern Norway, named with Old Norse birki ‘birch wood’.3 German: variant of Burk .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alta Nichols in household of Douglas Nichols, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Alta Bell Burk in household of Leander Burk, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alta Burke, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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