Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Edward J. Burns, more familiarly known as Eddie Burns, is an enterprising dealer in men's clothing and furnishings at Monterey. He was born in San Francisco, October 31, 1887, and is proud of the fact that his parents were Edward and Louisa (Schaufele) Burns, the former also a native of the Bay City, while the latter was reared in Monterey and thus became practically a native daughter. Both of these worthy folks, who did their duty fully in trying to make the world better, are now deceased, having rounded out their allotted days in honor, enjoying the esteem of their fellowmen.

Eddie Burns attended St. Mary's College in San Francisco and after pursuing the excellent engineering course there was duly graduated in 1907, subsequently to which time he followed engineering as a profession for two years. As a boy, he had shown extraordinary ability as a ballplayer, starting like many of those who afterward excelled in the national sport-on the sand-lots-and developing his skill in college, so that when he was able to do so he took up professional playing. He joined the Philadelphia National Baseball Club and was a foremost member of that long popular organization for seven years, having the extreme satisfaction of having been catcher during the only period when the club played in the world championship.

In 1919 Mr. Burns came back to Monterey, where he had spent much time as a boy, and with B. Druck embarked in the business in which he is now engaged. Mr. Druck died, however, in 1921, and then Mr. Burns became sole proprietor. He has since conducted the store in a most progressive and businesslike way, attended with gratifying results.

Mr. Burns was united in marriage to Miss Viola La Porte, a lady of grace and charm, the daughter of Jean Marie La Porte, and a representative of one of the finest old families, her father having lived in Monterey seventy years before his death. Three children have been born to them: Edward, John and Carmelita. Mr. Burns is a Knight of Columbus of the fourth degree and also is an Elk. He belongs to the Rotary Club and in national political affairs remains decidely a man above petty party restraints. He is fond of out-of-door sports, and what he cannot do on either a hunting or fishing trip, is not worth talking about.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.