CHARLES E. BURROWS               GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

The Wichita Daily Beacon, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1909

Died:  Dec. 27, 1909







Had Been Ill But a Short Time, Growing

Rapidly Worse Until the End

Came at 9:30 O’clock—Born

In 1846.


  “Charlie Burrows is dead.”  This was the news that passed from lip to lip as the older residents of Wichita met on the streets this morning.  Charles E. Burrows, desk sergeant at the police station, and formerly chief of police of Wichita, died at his home, 1153 University avenue, at 9:25 o’clock last night.  He was taken with a chill at his work last Thursday, and went home feeling quite ill. No one thought his illness was serious at the time, but two or three days ago it became apparent that his condition was critical.  He was in a stupor all day yesterday and finally breathed his last without pain, being apparently asleep at the time.

  Mr. Burrows was born in Milford Center, Ohio, August 19, 1846.  Although but a boy he enlisted in the Second Illinois cavalry and served during the Civil War.  At the close of the war he returned to Illinois, where he was married, and where he lived till 1885, when with his family he moved to Cheney, this county.

Appointed Chief in 1889.

  After living in Cheney three years where he was engaged in the lumber and coal business, he came to Wichita and was in the employ of the Santa Fe Railway company a short time.  He was appointed chief of police of this city under the Metropolitan Police commission in 1889 and filled that position two terms, afterward serving on the force till Governor Morrill gave him a place to guard at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth.  This position he held six years and then returned to Wichita, where for six years he was rural mail carrier, resigning one year ago to take the place of desk sergeant at the police station, a position which his familiarity with the work of the department fitted him for.

  Mr. Burrows was at one time a perfect specimen of physical manhood and he has always been noted as a man of excellent character.  Few men were better known or more thoroughly respected by the pioneers of Wichita.

  Mr. Burrows leaves a wife and four children, most of whom were at his bedside at the time of his death.  The children are, Mrs. Ella Way, of Hutchison; Mrs. Maude Rotan, 408 South Water street, this city; Clarence R. Burrows, 1118 Texas avenue, this city; and Mrs. Jessie I. Benton, Sandford, Fla.  He was a member of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal church, the local G. A. R. and the Fraternal Aid.  Funeral services will be held at Trinity church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 in charge of A. B. Hestwood, the pastor.

Comrades of Garfield Post.

  Another Comrade has passed away---Charles E. Burrows.  A car will be at the Trinity M. E. church at 3:30, December 29, to carry the post and W. R. C. members to cemetery.  The post will charge of the services at the grave.