BURNHAM, Gordon

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BURNHAM, Gordon Milton (1889-1980) [SS#452-07-1510], was born in Minnesota. He served as Private First Class, U.S. Army in World War I. Burnham collected a set of Bald Eagle eggs on San Clemente Island in 1923 [id=9883] that are in the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Camarillo, California.


Burnham died on March 19, 1980. He is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.

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March 3, 1925 Joseph Grinnell field notes: “...I am quite favorably impressed with the earnestness and general good judgement of Clinton G. Abbott, Director of the [San Diego] Museum here. He seems to have the confidence of many of the foremost business-men of the city. This noon he took me to the University Club to lunch, with Mr. Joseph W. Sefton, Jr., a banker. The latter is now President of the San Diego Society of Natural History and a good patron. Sunday evening I called on Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Ingersoll and they invited over Mr. and Mrs. John Burnham. Ingersolls have a wonderful, well cared-for collection of birds' eggs, nearly all taken by himself during the past 40 years. And Burnham, a man of 58 or so and successful in real estate, emulates him. The latter, too, is treasurer of the San Diego society of Natural History. Burnham has a son, Gordon, in business with him, when I met. He has been into the San Pedro Martir section of Lower California, and through him and several others I have learned much of possible use as to how to get about among the people of that territory. This information I am writing to Lamb...”