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Below is a family biography included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Rev. DeLou Burke, canon of Grace Cathedral, at Topeka, is one of the most scholarly clergymen of this city, and is also one whose influence is; felt in many directions. His voice is always heard in support of higher and better things, for what is noble, holy and helpful, and probably no man of his calling is more universally esteemed. He was born at Crawfordsville, Indiana, March 24, 1858.

Canon Burke was educated at the Central Normal College, at Danville,, Indiana, where he was graduated in 1877. He was one of the first students at this college, which was then in its infancy but has since had lusty growth. From his graduation until 1888, he engaged in teaching, and then entered the Nashotah Theological Seminary, at Nashotah, Wisconsin, where he was graduated in 1892. On Trinity Sunday of that year, he was ordained priest by Bishop Nicholson, in All Saints’ Cathedral, Milwaukee.

He then passed two years as rector of St. Mark’s Church, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and then accepted a call to St. James Church, South Bend, Indiana. There his ministerial labors continued through a period of six years, during which he secured the erection of a beautiful new church edifice. In the fall of 1898 he accepted a call to St. James’ Church at Vincennes, Indiana, and held his first service on Advent Sunday. In September, 1901, he was elected to the chair of philosophy and pedagogy, in the Vincennes University. This educational position he filled until the call came to him from Grace Cathedral, at Topeka.

Rev. Mr. Burke was warmly welcomed to Topeka and a few months later was made canon of the cathedral. As such, with multitudinous other duties, he has charge of two flourishing missions, the Church of the Shepherd, in North Topeka, and the Church of St. Simon, a colored mission. He is secretary of the faculty of the Kansas Theological School, in which he is professor of Christian ethics and Christian evidences; is assistant chaplain of Christ’s Hospital; and acting chaplain and teacher of Church history at the College of the Sisters of Bethany. In addition to these numerous duties, Canon Burke finds time to do some teaching at home, those fortunate enough to come under his personal and private instruction having access to his fine library, which is one of the best in the city. As a writer on moral questions, he is also well known.

Canon Burke has no domestic ties, but he enjoys the companionship of congenial spirits to be found in fraternal associations. He has taken all the degrees of Odd Fellowship, including the Canton; is a Knight Templar Mason, and has taken all the degrees in the Knights of Pythias except the Uniform Rank.

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This family biography is one of 206 biographies included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  For the complete description, click here: Shawnee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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