The Burges House in the Sunset Heights Historic District was built for Richard Fenner Burges by contractor J. E. Morgan.
(Ethel Petrie Shelton) died while the house was under construction.
The couple had three children, Richard Burges
, Mary Austin and Anne.
This Live Oak tree was planted by Richard Burges
in 1914 and is most probably the first (and oldest) Live Oak
in El Paso.
I have a monument where oak trees grow". - Richard Fenner Burges
RICHARD FENNER BURGES(January 7, 1873 - January 13, 1945)
Richard F. Burges was born at Seguin, Texas to Bettie (Rust) and William H. Burges,Sr After his
education in the public schools, Richard attended Texas A&M for one year.
In 1892 he
Richard Fenner Burges
He served as Assistant Counsel for the United States in 1911 regarding the Chamizal controversy; counsel for Texas in negotiations with New Mexico over diversion of waters of the Pecos River; special counsel and later member for Texas of the Rio Grande Compact Commission; authored the Texas Irrigation Code, the Texas Forestry Act and (1923) was President of the Texas Forestry Association.
He was also appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on an advisory committee for reformation of the State Rules of the Practice of Civil Procedures.
Burges also served two terms as State Representative, 1913 (thirty-third legislature), and 1915 (thirty-fourth legislature).
In June 1917 Burges
organized Company B, Texas National Guard
which was incorporated into the Thirty-sixth
Infantry Division as Company A, 141st Infantry.
battalion in the battle of the Argonne and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for distinguished service.
Serving under Burges
was Sam Dreben, the "Fighting Jew", called by Gen.
was promoted to Major just before returning home at the end of the war.
In 1898, Richard F. Burges
married Ethel Petrie Shelton, an estimable young lady of a prominent family.