Transcribed by Laura Black Boldebook, March 9, 2000.
Biddeford Daily Journal, February 15, 1904
John H. Burnham
His Funeral Was Held This Afternoon.
Rev. Mr. Chase of Kennebunk the Officiating Clergyman.
The funeral of John H. Burnham, an ex-mayor of Biddeford,
for many years a member of the city government and one of the city's most
prominent and influential men
during his long and active life, was held this afternoon
at 2:30 o'clock at his late residence, 3 Bradbury Street. Rev. Mr.
Chase of Kennebunk, who was pastor of the Pavilion church in this city
when Mr. Burnham was one of the leading members, was the officiating clergyman.
There were many flowers, and his four sons, Harry H., principal of Biddeford
high school, Atherton S., a teacher in Massachusetts, John F., city solicitor,
and James L., editor of the Sunday Chronicle, Paterson, N.J., were the
bearers. The interment was at Greenwood cemetery.
Biddeford Daily Journal, Tuesday Evening, December 5, 1905.
Typhoid Was Fatal
Death of William S. Burnham of Saco
William S. Burnham, one of Saco's most highly respected
and energetic business men, died at his home on the Ferry road in that
city about 6 o'clock Monday evening, at the age of 47 years, 10 months
and 23 days. The direct cause of his death was heart failure caused
by a very weakening sickness from typhoid fever, with which he had been
confined to his home five weeks. He had become much better from his
attack of the fever and his recovery was confidently expected when the
heart began to weaken and he began daily to grow weaker and despite the
untiring devotion of the physician and nurse death rapidly approached,
the end coming at about 6 o'clock. He was conscious up until within
a few hours of his death and realized that the end was coming.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from his late residence, 59 Ferry Road, Saco.
Mr. Burnham was born in January, 1858, in Hollis and was
the son of Samuel and Ellen Burnham. He received his education in
that town and lived there until he attained the age of manhood when he
left there and went to Newfield. After a short residence there he
went to the eastern part of the state, remaining there a short time.
He came to Saco about 25 years ago and has resided there
ever since, where he has carried on the trade of painter and paper hanger,
being in the employ of different contractors for a time and finally launching
in business for himself in partnership with a Saco man named Edgecomb.
This partnership was dissolved by the death of Mr. Edgecomb and Mr. Burnham
continued the business. He had a stand on Pepperrell square since
the year 1894 where he was in business until February of this years when
he moved to his present location, 101 Main street.
He was a member of Saco lodge, I.O.O.F., and has been
connected with the city government of Saco. He leaves a wife, Mrs.
Annie E., whose maiden name was Burnham and who was also born in Hollis.
There are two sons, James E. and Algernon S., the former having been assisting
his father in the business, which he will continue to carry on. There
is also one brother and one sister left to mourn the loss of a good brother,
Eleazer S. Burnham, an employee of the Garland Manufacturing company, and
Mrs. Amos Edgecomb, both of whom reside in Saco.
The deceased was considered an expert at this trade and
was also a very aggressive business man. At the time of his death
he had a number of contracts on hand, some of them of quite a large scale.
He has done a large amount of work in various parts of the county, especially
around Sanford and Springvale and it is thought that it was while at work
in the latter village he contracted the germs of the dread disease
which was the cause of his death.
As a family man he was all that could be desired, being
a kind husband and a loving father and among the business men and residents
of the city and other parts of the county he had many friends who will
mourn the loss of a good citizen.
Biddeford Daily Journal, October 16, 1906
After Long Illness
Death of Joseph E. Burnham of Saco today.
Joseph E. Burnham, one of Saco's oldest citizens and business
men, died at this home on Spring Street, Saco, just before noon today.
His age was 74 years and nine months. He is survived by a widow and
one son, George G. Burnham, who lives in Saco.
The funeral will be held from his late home on Spring
street, Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock.
Mr. Burnham was born in Scarborough where he was brought
up and received his education and early in life he came to Saco where he
lived until he was about 40 years of age when he went to Boston and New
York, where he was in business for a number of years.
He came back to Saco quite a number of years ago and entered
the employ of James H. Miles, who was deputy sheriff and was also in the
insurance bushiness, and was later made a member of the firm which did
business under the firm name of James H. Miles & Co.
A few years ago on the death of Mr. Miles he continued
in the business and also settled up the estate of Mr. Miles. Since
he succeeded to the business he was confined to the house a great deal
by sickness, but had managed to have his affairs running along all right
and had kept his business moving up to the time of his death.
His last sickness was of about six weeks duration, although
he had to been confined to his house all of that time. he was last
down town about a months ago and since that time he had been steadily growing
worse until the came. for the past week or ten days, death had been
expected at almost any time and Sunday morning it was not thought that
he would live through the day.
Death came easily, and he passed away peacefully and thus
closed a life that had been full of business almost up to the time that
he was called home. In disposition he was one of the most mild
mannered of men and he made friends easily, retaining the friendship in
every case after it had once been formed. He was a man who
was respected by young and old and held the esteem of all who knew him..
In his business dealings he was always square and upright and his memory
will linger long with those who knew him best. He was a member of
the Saco lodge of Masons, No. 9, and a delegation from that lodge will
attend the funeral.
Mr. Burnham is the second insurance agent of Saco to die
within a short time, George A. Carter dying suddenly a short time since.
He is the third of Saco's well known men to die recently, Joseph H. Means
being buried the same week as Mr. Carter.
Biddeford Daily Journal August 13, 1906
Fever was Fatal
William W. Burnham Died Saturday at Wilmington
Death of Former Biddeford Boy Causes General Regret
William W. Burnham, son of the late Francis
M. and Abbie Burnham, who was born and brought up in this city and
who was very widely and favorably known in Biddeford, died in Wilmington,
N.C., Saturday night from typhoid fever. He passed away only a few
hours after his mother, who had been notified of his dangerous condition,
had arrived at his bedside.
The news of his death will be heard with general regret
here where he had a wide circle of friends. He was born in Biddeford
August 24, 1875, so that he was 31 years of age at the time of his death.
He was brought up here and after going through the schools in the lower
school he graduated in the class of 1892. he then worked in the store
which his mother for a long time carried on at the corner of Main and Washington
streets which she afterward sold to Charles Scammon, the present manager.
It was a periodical store then as it is now.
In 1903 the young man entered the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. During the next year he got a position with the Massachusetts
state board of health and then went into the employ of the government in
the department of survey and was sent to Nevada. While there he was
the head man engaged in the erection of several science buildings.
The government at that time was making a number of irrigation tests in
that section of the country. The irrigation questions was being looked
into very carefully.
From April to June of the same year when was in the employ
of the same department in Washington., In June, 1905, he left the
employ of the United States government and accepted a position with Hugh,
McRay & Co., with headquarters at Washington. While still with
this company he was sent to Wilmington, N.C., where he died.
Last February he married Miss Ella M. Cate of Malden,
Mass. he was young man with a very bright future ahead of him.
He was successful in what he undertook and his sudden death just as he
was becoming more and more successful i his work, comes as a great shock
to all who were interested in him.
William Burnham is survived by his mother, Mrs. Abbie
Burnham, and two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Martin of this city and Miss Ethel
Burnham, who also lives in this city with her her mother.
The body will arrived tonight and the funeral will be
held at the home of his mother. 297 Main street, tomorrow afternoon at
Biddeford Daily Journal, May 9, 1907
BURNHAM. In Scarboro, April 30, Joel Burnham, aged
71 years and 10 months.
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