Charles Harris, son of Dr. Jonathan (2) and Mary Ann (Harris) Burt, was born in Phelps, Ontario county, New York, January 16, 1857, and is now (1910) living in that place. After graduating from the high school in Phelps and the Canandaigua Academy, he became a certified accountant and soon became recognized as an expert in his business in that part of the country. In 1896 he became one of the incorporators of the Zenith Foundry Company, and in 1907 was placed in charge of the company’s office. In September, 1910 he resigned this position, owing to his election by the creditors of the W. B. Hotchkiss Bank, as their trustee in bankruptcy to wind up the affairs of that institution. Mr. Burt is a member and past master of Sincerity Lodge, No. 200, Free and Accepted Masons, of Phelps. New York; of Geneva Chapter, No. 36, Royal Arch Masons; of Geneva Commandery, No. 29, Knights Templar; and of Damascus Temple of Rochester, of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. In 1889 he was district deputy grand master for the thirty-first district. He married, in 1886, Ina, daughter of F. D. Vanderhoof. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Burt took up their residence for a while in New York City, where Mrs. Burt entered the Women’s Medical College and New York Infirmary, from which she graduated in 1893 with the degree of M. D. They then returned to Phelps, where Mrs. Burt has since built up for herself a large and lucrative practice, and has for some time been serving as health officer of the village, she being one of two women who ever held the office in the state of New York. Child: Mae Armeda, born March 27, 1888; graduated cum laude, from Elmira College in June, 1910.
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