BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

The Burgum family history society is a member of the Guild of one name studies and researches the names
BURGUM
and BURGHAM

Obituaries

  1. Alma D. Burgum (1878-1962)
  2. Alton Burgum (1907-1994)
  3. Anna Mildred Burgham (1891-1947)
  4. Arthur Avery Burgum (1833-1903)
  5. Arthur J. Burgham (1881-1961)
  6. Betsy Burgham (1926-1997)
  7. Blanche Burgum (1900-1986)
  8. Bradley J. Burgum (1952-2010)
  9. Caroline Burgum (1872-1976)
  10. Charles T. Burgham (1865-1956)
  11. Charles W. Burgum (1883-1941)
  12. Daniel C. Burgum (1877-1941)
  13. Daniel H. Burgum 1956-2011)
  14. Doris Burgum (1928-2010)
  15. Dorothy C. Burgum (1915-2006)
  16. Earle B. Burgum (1891-1964)
  17. Edwin O. Burgham (1889-1969)
  18. Eleanor C. A. Burgum (1916-1971)
  19. Eliza Ball Burgham (1863-1952)
  20. Elizabeth Burgham (1881-1956)
  21. Ella Burgum (1913-1976)
  22. Emma Gannell Burgum (1826-1923)
  23. Ernest R. Burgham (1902-1958)
  24. Etta D. Burgum (1886-1959)
  25. Etta Lea Burgum (1910-1952)
  26. Evelyn Burgum (1924-2011)
  27. Fanny A. Burgum (1872-1948)
  28. Gaytha Burgum (1939-2009)
  29. Geoffrey Marvin Burgum (1947-2010)
  30. George Burgum (1871-1946)
  31. George A. Burgham (1911-1976)
  32. George B. Burgum (1925-1976)
  33. George E. Burgham (1892-1941)
  34. George K. Burgum (1895-1970)
  35. Gertrude M. Burgham (1895-1986)
  36. Gordon B. Burgum (1888-1977)
  37. H. P. Burgum (1884-1958)
  38. Harry B. Burgum (1918-2005)
  39. Hazel Burgum (1918-2011)
  40. Helen Hoff Burgum (1914-1961)
  41. Henrietta Burgum (1877-1949)
  42. Henry Burgum (1846-1925)
  43. Henry Elias Burgum (1835-1878)
  44. Henry H. Burgum (1902-1961)
  45. Jacqueline C. Burgum (1948-2006)
  46. James A. Burgham (1930-2018)
  47. James C. Burgum (1945-2017)
  48. James Ernest Burgum (1928-2008)
  49. James G. Burgum (1927-1996)
  50. James P. Burgham (1893-1968)
  51. Janet Burgum (1930-2020)
  52. Jean May Burgham (1934-2001)
  53. Jesse L. Burgham (1872-1959)
  54. John Burgum (1846-1900)
  55. John F. Burgum (1854-1933)
  56. John L. Burgum (1920-1985)
  57. John Victor Burgum (1948-2010)
  58. Joseph A. Burgum (1860-1925)
  59. Josephine A. Burgum (1935-2017)
  60. Katherine K. Burgum (1915-2005)
  61. Katherine P. Burgum (1943-2012)
  62. Katherine R. Burgum 1891-1978)
  63. Kathleen Isabel Burgum (1918-2003)
  64. Kathryn W. Burgham (1890-1933)
  65. Kenneth C. Burgum (1946-2017)
  66. Leland S. Burgum (1903-1973)
  67. Leslie Burgum (1950-2013)
  68. Leslie R. Burgum (1890-1984)
  69. Louise A. Burgum (1918-2009)
  70. Margueritte Burgham (1884?-1961)
  71. Mary A. Burgum (1910-1995)
  72. Mary L. Burgum (1929-1977)
  73. Michael Burgum (d. 2013)
  74. Nancy J. Burgum (1934-1971)
  75. Olga Luzi Burgum (1921-2016)
  76. Olga Schur Burgum (1890-1965)
  77. Oliver H. Burgham (1862-1928)
  78. Peter John Burgum (1934-2011)
  79. Piers Burgum (1938-2001)
  80. Sidney G. Burgham (1918-1993)
  81. Sylvia Burgum (1933-2008)
  82. Thelma Burgum (1931-2009)
  83. Tom Burgum (1935-2016)
  84. W. Charles Burgum (1883-1941)
  85. William C. Burgum (1855-1923)
  86. William C. Burgum (1923-1992)
  87. William H. Burgum (1858-1938)
  88. William H. Burgum (1914-2008)
  89. Margaret Kilbourne Barber (d. 1995)
  90. Bob Bartley (1937-2003)
  91. Richard James Castellani (1953-2014)
  92. Penelope Jane Coomer (d. 1993)
  93. Joyce Burgum Dunn (1927-2002)
  94. Elizabeth Burgum Fichter (1891-1965)
  95. Andrea Harker (nee Burgum) (d. 2011)
  96. Alice Farnham Lillie (1906-2003)
  97. Robert Allan McConnachie (1921-2010)
  98. Margaret M. Plasterer (1916-2012)
  99. Clara See {nee Burgum} (1871-1952)
  100. Harry Burgum Stanier (1891-1907)
  101. Ollie Mae Waxler (1899-1999)
  102. Marjorie (nee Burgham) Wilson

 

Alice Farnham Lillie (1906 - 2003)

Alice Farnham Lillie, 96, of Ames, Iowa, U.S.A., died of cancer Sunday, January 12, in Ocala, Florida, where she was visiting her daughter, Vivian Errickson. She was the last surviving grandchild of A. T. Burgum and his first wife, Anne Harper Bradley. A.T. was the founder of the large F.F. Burgum tree, the largest Burgum branch in the United States.

Alice was born at home on July 13, 1906, on a farm just outside of Arthur, Cass County, North Dakota, the ninth of eleven children of Edith (Burgum) Farnham and her husband, George Benson Farnham. She attended the nearby one-room country school for five years and then Arthur High School, from which she graduated in 1921. She attended Mayville Normal School, taught one year at the country school she had attended, and then enrolled at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, from which she graduated in 1926 with a bachelor's in English.

After teaching high school English in Langdon and Grafton, North Dakota, she married Leroy D. Lillie on June 25, 1932, in Minot, Ward County, North Dakota. These were drought years when North Dakota farmers had no crops worth harvesting. As a consequence, in 1934 Alice and Leroy moved to Iowa when he took a commission in the United States Army to work with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era employment program in which young men lived in camps and built public facilities such as state parks. After World War II Alice and their four children joined then-Lt. Col. Lillie in France and Germany for one year and then lived in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts until he retired from the military and returned to Ames, Iowa in 1954, where she had made her home ever since.

During the postwar years in Iowa, Alice earned a second bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Iowa State University in Ames, worked for two years as a Girl Scout professional for the Moingona Central Iowa Council, and then joined the Iowa State faculty in Child Development, from which she retired in 1971. She served as a Girl Scout leader for many years. She belonged to the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and helped found the Story County Chapter of the Iowa Genealogical Society.

During her last several years at Iowa State Alice taught a course in Children's Literature, which combined two of her great joys-children and reading. Even late in life, plagued by macular degeneration, she remained a voracious reader, thanks to a tv-like reading machine. And she could beat most comers at "Scrabble." She had a gift for writing good, sturdy prose, and after her retirement in 1971, she had helped her husband and a cousin, Mary Way, compile and publish a genealogy of his maternal line, "Stinson Family History, 1819-1971." She then compiled and published "A Farnham Family History" in 1976. She had begun compiling Burgum genealogical material, but deteriorating eyesight halted her research and publishing.

It was a long way, in miles and worlds, from being a farmer's daughter three miles outside of tiny Arthur in 1906 to being a colonel's wife in Reims and Paris, France, in 1946 and in Bern, Switzerland, and Berchtesgaden, Germany, in 1947. It was a journey she made with aplomb and pleasure. As a person, she was kind, intelligent, reliable, level-headed, unpretentious, and curious. The fact that she led Girl Scout troops instead of playing bridge, says it all. As a child, her brothers and sisters teased her by saying that her tongue must be attached in the middle, so that it could work on both ends-she talked so much and so fast. She was, from babyhood, a climber. Another memory was of being put on top of a tall cupboard, because she climbed on all the furniture. And she remembered climbing a certain tree on the Farnham farm, where she would hide when she might be asked to do her chores. Even at age 50, when she directed a Girl Scout camp in Iowa one summer, she climbed a tree-made possible, no doubt, by her slender physique. The girls at the camp called her, not Mrs. Lillie, but "Campy." And in 1996, when her son Charles took her to Hawaii and they saw a huge banyan tree, her comment was that it looked like a good climbing tree. That was how she evaluated trees.

Alice always remained, at heart, a North Dakota girl. To some people, flat, relatively treeless North Dakota might seem empty. To Alice, that was a positive, because in North Dakota you could see, she used to say, by comparison with gently rolling Iowa, where you just couldn't see. When Alice and Leroy moved to Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, their third-floor apartment faced west, across a highway and farmland. She loved to watch the sunsets.

Her husband died in 1994. Over a number of years he had gradually drifted into a sweet second childhood, and she took wonderful care of him. Indeed, she always seemed proud that she still had her husband. In widowhood she could indulge her taste for travel, but always she traveled with her children. Upstate New York, to revisit an Army post where they had lived one year, and and western New York State where her Greatgrandfather was born, with two daughters, in 1994. In 1996, there was Hawaii in February with her son, and northern Arizona in October with all three daughters. All four children went to Alaska with her in 1998, they having decided that her first choice, China, would be too strenuous. In July 2000 she took all her descendants, plus spouses, to the Burgum family reunion in the Forest of Dean, in England, the area where her own grandfather, A.T. Burgum, had his roots prior to emigrating to the United States in 1872. At her suggestion, her children took her to Yellowstone National Park to celebrate her 95th birthday in 2001. Winters were often spent in milder Florida or Oklahoma, visiting a daughter.

As a Burgum, she of course leaves many relatives in the U.S. Her immediate survivors are, in addition to her daughter Vivian, her son Charles of Los Angeles, California, and two daughters, Edith Bartley of Brooklyn, New York, and Elinor Hill of Ponca City, Oklahoma, and eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A full life, a much-loved mother, a good woman. There is no good time to say goodbye, but we told her we loved her, and that is all that we could do.

Written by Edith Bartley, January 2003.