from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Past and Present of Mahaska Co.,IA by Manoah Hedge(Ralph H. Burnside) - RALPH H. BURNSIDE. Ralph H. Burnside, of Oskaloosa, was in that city in 1870 and was a student in the public schools until he had graduated from the high school in 1887. At the age of seventeen years he entered the employ of his father, driving a team, and later he was made bookkeeper, acting in the latter capacity for a number of years, during which time be became familiar with the various offices of the business. In 1891 he was admitted to a partnership and upon the incorporation of the concern under the name of the Hawkeye Lumber Company was made general manager. This company is now operating extensively in lumber in Iowa, having eighteen different yards. In December, 1905, the Hawkeye Timber Company was organized and of this Ralph H. Burnside also became. general manager. He has been for the past four years a director in the Northwestern Retail Lumbermen's Association and in January, 1906, was elected president of that association at its annual meeting held in Minneapolis. In 1893 Ralph H. Burnside was married to Miss Clara Snowden, who was born in Fairmount, West Virginia, in 1870, her parents being James E. and Catherine (Davis) Snowden. Her father was a minister of the Congregational church and in 1870 came to Oskaloosa, Iowa, as pastor of the first Congregational church here, while at the present time he is located at Cedar Falls, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Burnside have two children: Catherine, born in 1895; and Robert Snowden, in October, 1899. The parents are members of the United Presbyterian church, in which Mr. Bumside is serving as treasurer and has also been superintendent of the Sunday-school for several years. He takes a very active interest in church and kindred work and for five years was president of the Young Men's Christian Association and has been one of its directors for fifteen years. He votes with the republican party but is with out aspiration for office.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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