Burns, W. R., was born in Albion, Orleans county, N. Y., September 15, 1860, a son of W. H. and Margaret Shea (Burns); his father was a native of Utica, N. Y W. R. Burns has been connected with the New York Central Railroad for twenty two years. He started in as a water boy, then went into the blacksmith shop; from blacksmith shop to section foreman, and from section foreman to conductor of construction train; was promoted to assistant roadmaster and finally to roadmaster. He is now roadmaster of the sixteenth division of the New York Central Railroad, having complete and full charge of the road bed and the maintenance of the way department. Mr. Burns is a member of the C. B. L., and the Elks and the Knights of Columbia. In 1888 he married Agnes O'Connor, and they have four children: W. R. Burns, jr., Anna, Agnes and Marguerite.
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