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St. James (Toronto) Cemetery
Clinton County, Iowa
Uploaded 8/15/2005 by
wrightb [Email]

World Champion Wrestler.
Born February 15, 1861, in Springfield Township, Cedar County, Iowa, the son of Michael and Mary Burns. "Farmer" Burns married Amelia Hoffmaster in 1887; they had four children: Cecelie, Mayme, Raymond and Charles. Amelia predeceased her husband in 1930. "Farmer" won the World Wrestling Championship" in 1895, and later taught wrestling at the "Farmer" Burns School of Wrestling, Omaha, Nebraska. In 1921, he coached the Cedar Rapids Washington High School wrestling team to the first state wrestling championship. "Farmer" was inducted into the International Wrestling Institute and Museum Hall of Fame in 2001. He died in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 8, 1937. His funeral was held at the St. James Catholic Church, Toronto, Iowa.

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