From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 447-448


Frank T. Burnham was born at Hinsdale, Mass., Sept. 16, 1855, the son of Theodore and Emily C. (Cady) Burnham, natives respectively of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  The father, who was Treasurer of the Nashawanuck Manufacturing Company (at that time the only suspender manufactory in the United States), died a month before Frank was born.  When the latter was three years old, his mother removed with him to Baraboo, Wis., where she died in September, 1874.  Frank studied in the public schools and was for a time in the High School grade.  In 1871 he went to California, with the purpose merely of making a visit; but in the end he remained three or four years, assisting in his uncle's store at Sonora.  In December, 1874, he returned to Baraboo, where he taught school for two years.  In 1876 he went to Chicago, where he was first connected with the Hotel Reporter, afterward being legislative, correspondent of the Daily News.  In the summer of 1878, he was employed as a special correspondent of the Times, and in August of that year he entered the commission house of Lasher & Son as a stenographic correspondent.  In April, 1879, he came to Angola, and he has since been connected with the Republican, except a few weeks during the winter of 1883-'4.  He was married Nov. 27, 1879, to Hattie E. Sexton, daughter of A. J. Sexton, of Kilbourne City, Wis.  Of this marriage one daughter has been born, April 15, 1881, named Elva.


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