GEORGE BURKARD. - Among the enterprising and prosperous young citizens of Wyandotte county must be numbered George Burkard, who is engaged in the dairy business, and who supplies, in some departments of the same, the largest trade in Kansas City. He is one whose success has come as the logical result of industry, thrift and good management, and it is of that wholesome character which redounds to the success of the whole community. Mr. Burkard is a native of the county, his eyes having first opened to the light of day in Quindara township on March 29, 1879. He is the son of Henry J. and Christina (Winker) Burkard, natives of Germany. The parents of these worthy people became impressed with superior American opportunity and advantage and decided to cross the Atlantic to claim a share of these benefits for themselves and their children. The father and mother were both children when they came and their marriage occurred in Wyandotte county. Henry J. Burkard is a man much respected in his community and is occupied in farming and gardening and the raising of fruit, and he and his wife reside in Quindara township, where their fine homestead is situated. They became the parents of a very large family of children - thirteen - he whose name inaugurates this biographical review being the sixth in order of birth.
Almost the entire life of George Burkard has been passed in Wyandotte county and he received his education in the public schools. He resided beneath the parental roof until the age of twenty-three years, under his father's tutelage becoming exceptionally well versed in farming in its many departments. Upon going forth into the world to carve out an independent career he came to Kansas City, Kansas, and secured a position as conductor with the Kansas City & Western Electric Railroad, and he remained in this capacity for four years and four months, proving exceptionally faithful and efficient. At the end of that period he made a radical change by buying out a dairy business and he has since that time branched out to a considerable extent. He handles butter in large quantities and makes a specialty of the sale of buttermilk, supplying the largest trade in this line in all Kansas City, Missouri. Since 1909 he has been advantageously located at 608 Central avenue. He is independent in polities, giving his support to whatever man and whatever measure he believes to be worthy, irrespective of party lines. Mr. Burkard has not yet become a recruit to the Benedicts.
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