Pueblo County, Colorado
JOSEPH B. BURGESS
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
JOSEPH B. BURGESS
Joseph B. Burgess, who is efficiently serving as water commissioner at
Pueblo, claims Missouri as his native state, his birth occurring in Ray county,
February 6, 1864, and he is a son of Jacob S. and Elizabeth (Lewis) Burgess. In
the family were five children and he is the fourth in order of birth. The
father, who was a farmer hy occupation, served under General Shelby during the
Civil war. Both parents are now deceased.
In the state of his nativity Joseph B. Burgess grew to manhood and in the
acquirement of an education attended the rural schools. After putting aside his
textbooks he aided his father in the operation of the home farm until coming to
Colorado in 1885, when he located in Pueblo county. Here he continued to engage
in agricultural pursuits until 1916, when he removed to the city of Pueblo and
was appointed to his present position as water commissioner in May, 1917, by
On the 19th of June, 1887, Mr. Burgess married Miss Sallie Wells and they
have become the parents of six children, namely: Nellie, now the wife of Bert
Wally; James Lewis; Lottie, the wife of Leslie Frazil; Josie; Emma; and Jack.
Since casting his first presidential vote Mr. Burgess has always been a
stalwart supporter of the democratic party and for thirty years has taken a very
active and influential part in local politics. He has been a delegate to county
and state conventions and is now the candidate of his party for county
commissioner. He is a public-spirited, enterprising citizen and no trust reposed
in him has ever been betrayed. He holds membership in the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks and is very fond of outdoor life, his principal recreations being
hunting and fishing.
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