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George K Burt

GEORGE K. BURT, editor and proprietor of the South Shore Republican, was born January 3, 1875, in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, being the son of John and Ellen (Kirk) Burt, both natives of Scotland. They were reared and married in their native land and resided there until 1873, when they emigrated to Bradford county, Pennsylvania,. where for a number of years he followed his trade of shoemaker. In 1876 they returned to Scotland, but in 1881 decided again to try the new world, and came direct to Codington county. Settling on a tract of government land near South Shore, he improved a farm and cultivated the same with encouraging results until a few years ago, when he ceased active life, and removed to the town where he now is living in easy retirement. 

George K. Burt was so young when his parents returned to Scotland that he has no recollection of the place of his birth. His few years spent in the land of his forefathers served to fix permanently in his memory the romantic scenes of that country, but the greater part of his youth was spent on the homestead in Codington county, where he became accustomed to the varied duties of farm life. He attended the public school of winter seasons and the training thus received was supplemented by attendance for a short time at the agricultural college at Brookings. 

He spent one year on the farm, and in 1898 accepted a position in the office of the South Shore Republican, from which time until the present he has been actively engaged in journalism. Two weeks after entering the office he took charge of the paper and after becoming sole proprietor he introduced a number of improvements, gave new life and impetus to the enterprise, and its present high standing is due entirely to his energetic and successful management. The Republican is a creditable paper, its columns containing all interesting and important local and general news and its editorials are able and fearless in discussion of the leading questions of the day. Mr. Burt is an easy and graceful writer, a courteous but able antagonist and is incisive as well as fearless with his pen. He is an influential factor in the public affairs of his town and county, manifests a lively interest in whatever tends to the advancement of the community, and his paper has become a powerful educational force in moulding sentiment and directing opinion. 

Mr. Burt was a leading spirit in the incorporation of South Shore and has served two terms as town clerk. He is also interested in various local enterprises, one being the Creamery Association, of which he is vice-president. His fraternal relations are represented by the Modern Woodmen of America, in which he is an active worker and in which he has been officially honored. 

Mr. Burt, on Thanksgiving day, 1901, was united in marriage with Miss Agnes Philp, the youngest daughter of Peter Philp, the union being blessed with one child, Muriel.



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