Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876

 

J. A. BURLINGAME
Page 135

Mr. Burlingame was born in New York in 1819, May 25th, and in 1848 he removed west, locating in Bath, Illinois, where he has since resided. In 1846 he married Miss Harriet Taylor, in New York. On the first settlement of Mr. Burlingame in Bath he went into the employ of Messrs, Ruggles and Gatton, and then with Gatton and O’Neal. The confidence placed in him by these businesses firms may be interred from the fact that he remained in the employ over twelve successive years.

On the completion of the Peoria, Pekin and Jacksonville Rail road through Mason county, he was made station agent at Bath, a position he has since retained without a furlough, being the first and only agent at that town.

Mr. Burlingame’s make-up peculiarly qualifies him for the position he has so long and so satisfactorily occupied; satisfactorily not only to his employers, but to the pubic with whom he has to do.

A pleasant, genial gentleman, kind and accommodating, whose strict integrity may be inferred from the positions he has so long occupied. His amiable lady is by no means his inferior in sociability.

Contributed by: Jeanie Lowe

 


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