Elsie Agnes Burke

20 October 1896–30 December 1974 (Age 78)
Henry Township, Fulton, Indiana, United States

The Life of Elsie Agnes

When Elsie Agnes Burke was born on 20 October 1896, in Henry Township, Fulton, Indiana, United States, her father, Isaac William Burk, was 41 and her mother, Virginia Anne Frye, was 33. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Joseph Showalter Keesling. She lived in Santa Clara, California, United States in 1935 and Campbell Judicial Township, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1940. She died on 30 December 1974, in Los Gatos, Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Showalter Keesling
Elsie Agnes Burke
Dorothy June Keesling
Charles Burk Keesling

Spouse and Children



Parents and Siblings

    Isaac William Burk


    Virginia Anne Frye




    Walter L Burke


    John W Burke


    Marion J Burke


    William Raymond Burke



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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 10

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

Age 21

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

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)

  • Elsie Burk in household of Isis Burk, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Elsie A Burk in household of Isaac W Burk, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elsie A Keesling in household of Joe S Keesling, "United States Census, 1930"

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