Biography of Burt N. Kirk
Kings County, CA Biographies





BURT NORTHROP KIRK.
Among the younger members of the active and representative list of Corcoran's citizens stands its present mayor, Burt Northrop Kirk. He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, born on the 10th day of February, 1894, the son of William H. and Edna (Fuller) Kirk, both of whom were born and reared in Clearwater, Minnesota. Mr. Kirk's grandparents were pioneer settlers in Minnesota. William H. Kirk was for many years the agent in the Northwest for a Detroit wholesale hardware house, and is now owner of a farm and the ferry at Clearwater, though he spends his winters in California.

Burt Northrop Kirk graduated from the high school in Minneapolis and then took an extension course in the University of Minnesota. He came to Corcoran and for a short time was in the employ of the San Joaquin Light & Power Company, then entered the employ of W. H. Wright, gents' furnishers, as clerk and has remained there since, being now manager of the store. From the time he came here Mr. Kirk has evinced an interest in local public affairs and was appointed to fill out an unexpired term in the city council. He was elected once since and is now serving as mayor of the city. He has shown himself ably qualified for the position and is serving to the entire satisfaction of the people of the city. Genial and unassuming in manner, he possesses sound judgment and keen discrimination and is a stanch advocate of all that is best and most elevating in community life.

Mr. Kirk was married on July 12, 1917, to Miss Helen Winifred Hardy of Minneapolis, and they are the parents of two children: Barbara H. and Northrop H. Mrs. Kirk is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and taught in the high schools of Minneapolis for two years prior to her marriage to Mr. Kirk. She is a member of the Thursday Club of Corcoran and is a popular member of the circles in which she moves. Mr. Kirk is a republican in politics. Mr. Kirk is a Mason, being a past master of the local lodge; is a member of the commandery of Knights Templars and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a director of the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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