San Diego County
BURNHAM, GEORGE, real estate investments, San Diego, Cal., was born in London, Eng., December 28, 1868; son of James Burnham and Ann Drusilla (Steele) Burnham. Married Neva May Ashley, at Jackson, Minn., October, 1890. They have six children living, one, Beth, having died at age of two years. The others are Harold, Percy, Helen, Lawrence, Virginia and Ben Burnham.
Mr. Burnham was denied educational advantages, and is perforce a self-made man. He landed in New York, July 5, 1881, and went to Wykoff, Minn.; located at Jackson, Minn., in 1881, in clothing business with M. B. Hutchinson. In 1895, Hutchinson retired and firm became Burnham Brothers. In 1901 he sold out, went to Spokane and incorporated the Ashley-Burnham Land Company. In 1903 he sold Spokane interests and moved to National City, Cal., opening real estate offices in San Diego, six miles away, with C. A. Scott. Latter retiring, in 1908, he incorporated as George Burnham & Co. In 1911 he incorporated the San Diego Securities Company, a $2,000,000 corporation.
In Minnesota, he was a member of Jackson City Council, secretary Board of Education, secretary Library Board and president Jackson County Agricultural Society, of which he is a life member. Was president San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 1910, and delegate with Associated Chambers of Commerce of the Pacific Coast on Oriental tour. Among incorporators Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, and now fourth vice president, director and member executive committee. Was also president Board of Education, National City.
Mr. Burnham is Eminent Commander San Diego Commandery, No. 25, Knights Templar; Mystic Shriner, trustee Elks Lodge, director Elks Building Association, and a Mason. Member Aero Club and vice president Cuyamaca Club, San Diego.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 11 October 2010.
Source: Press Reference Library, Western Edition Notables of the West, Vol. I, Page 498, International News Service, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta. 1913.
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