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Alonzo M. Burlingame

Alonzo M. Burlingame is the junior member of the ambitious and progressive firm of Tayek & Burlingame, which is engaged in the general merchandise business in the village of Froelich, with a well equipped store that gives effective service to the large patronage drawn from the thriving section of the county normally tributary to the village mentioned. He is a member of one of the well known and highly esteemed families of Clayton county and is one of the loyal young men who has found in his native county ample opportunity for successful achievement.

Mr. Burlingame was born at North McGregor, this county, on the 20th of January, 1892, and is a son of Benjamin arid Elizabeth (Kostle) Burlingame, the former of whom was born in the State of Massachusetts, and the latter of whom is a native of Bohemia, she having been a child at the time of her parents' immigration to America. Benjamin Burlingame has been a resident of Clayton county from boyhood and his parents were numbered among the sterling pioneers of this county. He was afforded the advantages of the public schools at McGregor and has been identified with agricultural pursuits during virtually his entire active career. Since 1895 he has owned and resided upon his well improved farm, in Giard township, and he is one of the popular and substantial citizens of that part of the county. He is a stalwart supporter of the principles and policies for which the Democratic party stands sponsor and his wife is an earnest communicant of the Catholic church. Of their three children the eldest is Edward, who is now a resident of Helena, the capital city of the State of Montana; Marjorie is the wife of Jacob J. Tayek; and the subject of this sketch is the youngest of the number.

After duly profiting by the advantages afforded in the district schools of his native township Alonzo M. Burlingame completed a course of high study in the high school at McGregor, besides which he was graduated in the celebrated Rasmussen Business College, in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, as a member of the class of 1911. This last discipline well equipped him for the handling of the practical details pertaining to the business with which he is now. identified, as a member of the enterprising mercantile firm of Tayek & Burlingame, in which his coadjutor is his brother-in-law, Jacob J. Tayek, concerning whom individual mention is made on other pages of this work.

Mr. Burlingame was married June 27, 1916, to Miss Mattie Fett, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fett, prominent farming people of Watson, Iowa; he is aligned in the ranks of the Democratic party and is a communicant of the Catholic church, in the faith of which he was reared.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 62-63
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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