Once Upon a Town 39: Henry Franklin & John Palmer BURG

Proud Grandpa
Proud Grandpa


Brothers, Henry & Palmer, were the sons of Earl & Hettie BURG, but more importantly (if the family photos testify), they were the grandsons of B. F. & Jane (RUPP) ZARFOS.


Here are a few life & death details, and a prime example of 1930s journalistic glamour writing—when every wedding worth its salt was flamboyantly praiseworthy!

Henry Franklin BURG

Birth: 16 Jan 1908

Death: 3 Apr 1993

Burial: Red Lion Cemetery, Gay St., York Twp., York Co., PA

Soc. Sec. #: Soc Sec#159-09-1909 PA

Father: Earl Britman BURG (1878-1979)

Mother: Hettie Marvin ZARFOS (1880-1931)


Married: Grace Viola FLAHARTY

Birth: 1 Mar 1910

Death: 16 Dec 1993

Burial: Red Lion Cemetery, Gay St., York Twp., York Co., PA

Father: William Ross FLAHARTY

Mother: Laura RUNKLE


Marriage: 15 Apr 1933



Alta Marvin

Dawn Elizabeth

Earl Ross

Joyce Elaine


Retro Couple Wedding Portrait 1933
Retro Couple Wedding Portrait 1933 by AprylZA
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Brothers Henry & Palmer BURG, circa 1920
Brothers Henry & Palmer BURG, circa 1920 by AprylZA
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John Palmer BURG

Birth: 2 Nov 1910

Occupation: dentist

Father: Earl Britman BURG (1878-1979)

Mother: Hettie Marvin ZARFOS (1880-1931)


Married: Pauline Martha "Polly" WILSON

Birth: 1912

Death: 1992

Burial: Red Lion Cemetery, Gay St., York Twp., York Co., PA

Marriage: 12 Dec 1936



Miss Pauline Wilson Becomes Bride of Dr J Palmer Burg, Dentist


  Red Lion, Dec 13.--Dr John Palmer Burg, son of Earl B Burg, 134 West Broadway, and miss Pauline Martha Wilson, daughter of Mr and Mrs W E Wilson, 645 West Broadway, were married at 3:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon in Grace Lutheran church.  The ring ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev William C Day, assisted by Rev G C Gabriel, pastor of St Paul’s Evangelical church.  The church auditorium was tastefully decorated with palms and cut flowers.

  The bride was attired in an attractive gown of white moire with a finger-tip length veil of tulle.  she carried a bouquet of yellow bridal roses.  Miss Elizabeth wilson, of Wayne, Pa, a sister of the bride, was the maid of honor.  She wore a dress of gold embroidered satin trimmed in brown velvet.  Her flowers were yellow roses and rust colored marigolds.  The bride’s mother wore a gown of dark blue and a corsage of red roses.  The bridegroom had for his best man his brother, Harry F Burg, Lloyd Hoffman, York, and Charles S Zarfos, this place, former classmates, served as ushers.

  Preceding the ceremony Jay Zarfos, a cousin of the bridgroom sang “I Love You Truly”, Gerald Zarfos, also a cousin of the bridegroom, presided at the organ.  As a processional he played “The Bridal Chorus” from “Lohengrin” and for the recessional, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” 

  The bride’s gift to her maid of honor was gold ear rings, while the bridegroom presented his best man and ushers with collar and tie sets.

  Immediately after the ceremony tea was served at the home of the bride’s parents for the relatives and intimate friends, Miss Isabelle Smith of Wayne, Pa, poured.

  The bride is a graduate of the Red Lion High School, class of 1929; West Chester State Teachers’ college and Stetson University, Deland, Fla, where she received an A B degree.  She is a member of the Alpha ZI Delta fraternity.  The bridegroom is a graduate of the Red Lion High School class of 1928; Mercersburg academy, Bucknell university, and the University of Pittsburg Dental college.  He is a member of Delta Sigma Delta fraternity.  At present the bridegroom is engaged in the dental profession with offices on the second floor of the Burg funeral home.

  Following the reception the newlyweds left on a short motor trip.  They will reside in their newly furnished apartment in the Sheeler building, South Main street.”



Robert Dennis

Linda Lee


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