Pueblo County, Colorado
Edwin M. Burgess

Contributed by Jean Griesan.

Burgess, Sayres F. [and Edwin M.] (arrived in Colorado in 1859)

Sayres F. Burgess was a native of Middletown, New York. He devoted his life to furniture manufacturing. In 1859 he moved westward to Colorado, making the journey with an ox team.

In 1860, however, he returned to New York, becoming a resident of Hensonville, New York, October 28, 1863, where Edwin M. Burgess was born. He [Sayres F.?] married Leva Eggleston [, who was] born in Unadilla, New York. Two daughters were also born to this union.

Edwin M. Burgess acquired his education in the public schools of Hunter and remained a resident of the East until he reached the age of 18 years when he heard and heeded the call of the West, making his way to Pueblo, Colorado.

Then he entered the employ of the Colorado Telephone Company. His duty was to install phones. On September 7, 1885, Mr. Burgess was united in marriage at Central City, Colorado, to Miss Bessie Lake of that city. She was a daughter of David Lake one of the pioneers of this State.

They have become the parents of two children: Ralph L., born at Central City April 26, 1889, who is a first lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces, doing special duty in France; and Elsa Leva, the wife of Dr. R. F. Lamberton, a physician of Denver.

Extracted from "The Real Pioneers of Colorado," by Maria Davies McGrath, published in 1934 by The Denver Museum, retyped with added notes by Jane P. Ohl, in October 2001.

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