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Rudolph A. Burns

Rudolph A. Burns was born in Chicago, Ill., June 29, 1858.  He remained in Chicago until his eighteenth year, and acquired an education in the public schools of that city.  Later he took a course in the Bryant & Stratton Business College, from which institution he graduated. 

     His first employment was as a commercial traveler for a billiard supply company, at which he remained for several years, after which he returned to Chicago, where he took charge of the braid and trimmings department for Field, Leiter, & Company.  After a year with the dry goods firm he went into the ivory-turning business with F. W. Voje, giving it up in 1880 to travel for the Brunswick-Balke Company, the manufacturers of billiard and pool supplies.  He remained with that firm for three years, and then went into business for himself in Fon du Lac, Wis., as the proprietor of a billiard-room.  After six months in Fon du Lac, he removed the business to Janesville, Wis., where he ran a billiard-room for four years.  Mr. Bruns came to Kansas City April 1, 1887, and went immediately into business with his brother, Oscar R. Bruns, the two having been together since, and have conducted billiard-rooms at various places in the city.  Mr. Bruns is affiliated with the Masons and holds a membership in the North American Union, and was a charter member of the local Billiard-Room Keepers' Association.

He was married in Chicago to Miss Frankie A. Christie in June, 1881.
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