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A M Burnside


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 12:42:23

A M Burnside, Boone county figures as one of the most attractive, progressive and prosperous divisions of the state of Iowa, justly claiming a high order of citizenship and a spirit of enterprise which is certain to conserve consecutive development and marked advancement in the material up building of the section. The county has been and is signally favored in the class of men who have controlled its affairs in official capacity, and in this connection the subject of this review demands representation as one who has served the county faithfully and well in positions of distinct trust and responsibility. He is now filling the office of county auditor, to which he was elected on the Republican ticket.
Mr Burnside was born in Ames, Iowa December 14, 1890, his parents being John A and Margaret P (Smyth) Burnside, both of whom were natives of Ohio and in 1869 came to Iowa, locating first in Ames. The father followed farming in that portion of the state. His death occurred September 14, 1883, when he was thirty-seven years of age. In his family were four children, Namely: A M, of this review, Mary L, the wife of J J McGregor, of Ogden, Ana M, the wife of E E Beatty, of Grand Junction, Iowa and Alice E, now a teacher in the Boone schools.
Mr Burnside, of this review, pursued his education in the common schools in Ohio, Ogden, Iowa and at Highland Park, Des Moines. He remained upon the farm until about four years ago and in the meantime he engaged in teaching school in the winter months, assisting in the labors of the fields during eh summer seasons. In November, 1898, however, he was elected to office and on January 1, 1899, entered upon the duties of county auditor, which he discharged so acceptable that in 1900 he was re elected and is now the present incumbent. He received majority of two thousand at the second election, which proved conclusively that his first termís service was highly satisfactory to the public. He has ever been a stanch Republican, unfaltering in his advocacy of the principles of the party and his efforts in its behalf have been so discerningly directed that they have resulted in promoting the partyís success. Socially he is connected with Ogden Lodge, No 281, I O O F and with the Knights of Pythias fraternity.

1902 Boone County History Book


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