Below: A photo of John M. Burling (on the
gentleman on the right is believed to be his brother Jim.
John M. Burling's obituary was
printed in the Arlington newspaper.
John M. Burling was born in
Kankakee County, Illinois, November 17, 1862, and died June 23, 1936, at
the age of 73 years, 7 months and 6 days.
He came to Kansas with his parents in November, 1884.
In 1884 he was married to Sidney Royer and to them was born one son,
Robert of Goodland, Kansas. Later, on January 21, 1897, he was married to
Blanche V. McGriff, who preceded him in death July 16, 1927. To this
union were born thirteen children, seven of whom are living, five
daughters and two sons. They are: Maude Frazier, Ames, Okla.; Nonnie
Bush, Wichita, Kansas; Johnnie Burling, Penalosa, Kansas; Mulvina Thorne,
Cunningham, Kansas; Joseph Burling, Ames, Okla; Josephine Thorne, Penalosa,
Kansas; Francis Whitney, Wichita, Kansas. He is also survived by 35
grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and three brothers and one sister,
James Burling and Sam Burling of Arlington, Will Burling of Little Rock,
California, and Clara Carder, Langdon, Kansas.
The funeral service was conducted from the Arlington Methodist Church
on Thursday afternoon, June 24, by the Rev. C. J. Dirk of Turon. Burial
was in the Arlington cemetery.