James G. Burk, proprietor of livery stable at Geneva, is a native of Ohio, born in Tuscarawas County, June 4, 1850, a son of William and Mary J. (Gordon) Burk, with whom he came to Jay County, Indiana, when about three years of age, living there until 1861 or 1862, and then moved to Adams County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood, in Wabash Township, where he received a common-school education. His father being a farmer he was reared to the same avocation, which he followed until he engaged in his present business. His stable is well fitted up with vehicles of various kinds, and his horses are kept in good condition, and by his genial and accommodating manners he has established a good business. Mr. Burk was united in marriage May 31, 1877, to Mary Josephine Vining, who was born in Portland, Jay County, Indiana, December 11, 1855. To this union have been born three children -William Waid, born May 2, 1878; Byron Blaine, born June 19, 1883, and Nora Netha, born March 5, 1886, and died April 16, 1886. Both Mr. and Mrs. Burk are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and respected members of society. Mr. Burk is thirty-six years old and has his first glass of whiskey to drink; he does not use any intoxicating drink, nor coffee, or tobacco in any form. He thinks it pays to be temperate in all things.
"Come all young men take warning,
Reflect while you have time;
'Tis folly to be jolly,
In drinking too much wine."
Biographical and Historical Record of Adams County, Indiana; The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887