Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-70
Location: LH-70

(Description ID: 594449)

Rutherford B. Hayes Library & Museums

Isadore H. Burgoon


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The I. H Burgoon Collection was donated to the Hayes Presidential Center in 1950 and in 1999.

Biographical Sketch
Isadore H. Burgoon, born January 25, 1839, was a son of Peter and Margaret (Flegle) Burgoon who had moved to Sandusky County, Ohio in 1829. The family included five boys and five girls. Isadore assisted his father on the family farm and went to a neighborhood school until he was about eighteen years old. At that time he started teaching school in the winter and in 1859 attended Oberlin College.

Isadore began his lifelong career in railroading in the fall of 1860 as an office boy for the Fremont & Indiana Railroad, later the Lake Erie & Western Railroad. He steadily earned promotions and eventually became the superintendent and then receiver for the railroad, overseeing the sale and reorganization of the company. During his career I.H. Burgoon worked for several railroads including the Fremont, Lima & Union Railroad; the Lake Erie & Louisville Railway; the Toledo, Delphos & Burlington Railroad; the Cleveland, Delphos & St. Louis Railroad; the Indiana, Bloomington & Western Railway; the Ohio Southern Railroad; the Bellaire, Zanesville & Cincinnati Railway; the Terra Haute and Peoria Railroad; the Findlay, Ft. Wayne & Western Railroad; the Utah Central Railway; the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad; and the St. Louis, Carruthersville & Memphis Railroad. His positions for these companies ranged from conductor to station agent to superintendent and general manager.

During the Civil War I.H. Burgoon enlisted as a private in the 169th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a one hundred day unit. During his service he was promoted to the rank of sergeant-major and was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia. He was mustered out with his regiment September 4, 1864. After the war Burgoon was very active in the Eugene Rawson Post, No. 32, Department of Ohio, Grand Army of the Republic and the 169th Regimental Association; he was treasurer for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Association of Sandusky, Ohio.

Burgoon was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Knights Templar. He was also secretary and later president of the Sandusky County Pioneer and Historical Society as well as president of the Oakwood Cemetery Association at Fremont, Ohio. In the 1908 presidential election Burgoon served as an elector for Taft from the 13th District of Ohio.

I.H. Burgoon married Eliza Ann Chapman, daughter of Joseph and Dorinda (Ayers) Chapman, on October 19, 1865. They had two children, the first dying in infancy. The second child was a son, Charles, who became an attorney in Bowling Green, Ohio. Isadore died December 10, 1917 in Fremont, Ohio and Eliza died July 10, 1927 in Albion, New York.

Scope and Content
The collection extends from 1836 to 1917. Its largest component is the collection of newspaper clippings regarding the Burgoon family, local history, well-known people, and topics and issues of general interest. There is also a large amount of correspondence. The majority of this correspondence deals with the different railroads for which Burgoon worked, but other subjects include genealogical information regarding the Burgoon and Flegle (also spelled Fleugle) families, Masonic items, and political matters, especially his serving as a presidential elector in 1908.

Burgoon’s involvement in veteran organizations is evident through letters, reports, speeches and printed items from the 169th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Reunions and the Eugene Rawson G.A.R. Post. A scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding the Civil War (published during the postwar period), a military scrapbook for Seneca County, Ohio, (includes rolls for the Mexican War), and a scrapbook of miscellaneous newspaper clippings are found in the collection.

Other items include family photos, many of which are identified, and a typed copy of I.H. Burgoon’s memoirs.

1 ½ linear ft.
Ac. 638; 5504

Box 1
1. Correspondence, 1836-1917
2. Miscellaneous, 1879-1917
3. Political
4. Peter Burgoon Letter
5. Miscellaneous
6. Miscellaneous
7. Autographs
8. Knights Templars
9. Railroad Papers (Bellaire, Zanesville & Cincinnati)
10. Rail Road Papers (Cleveland, Delphos & St. Louis)
10-A. Rail Road Papers (Findlay, Ft. Wayne & Western Rail Road)
11. Rail Road Papers (Fremont, Lima & Union Rail Road Office)
12. Rail Road Papers (Indiana, Bloomington & Western Railway)
13. Rail Road Papers (Lake Erie & Louisville Railway)
14. Rail Road Papers (Lake Erie & Western Railway Co.)
15. Rail Road Papers (Ohio Southern Rail Road)
16. Rail Road Papers (St. Louis, Carrothesville & Memphis Rail Road)
17. Rail Road Papers (Terre Haute & Peoria Rail Road Co.)
18. Rail Road Papers (Toledo, Delphos & Burlington Rail Road)
19. Rail Road Papers (Utah Central Railway Co.)
20. Rail Road Papers (Wheeling & Lake Erie Rail Road Co.)
21 169th O.V.I. Reunions
22. G.A.R.

Box 2
1. Newspaper Clippings - Silver Question
2. Newspaper Clippings - J. G. Blaine
3. Newspaper Clippings - Grover Cleveland
4. Newspaper Clippings - Civil War
5. Newspaper Clippings - Democracy in Ohio
6. Newspaper Clippings - James A. Garfield
7. Newspaper Clippings - Ulysses S. Grant
8. Newspaper Clippings - R. G. Ingersoll
9. Newspaper Clippings - Abraham Lincoln
10. Newspaper Clippings - William McKinley
11. Newspaper Clippings - Memorial Day
12. Newspaper Clippings - Utah
13. Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous
14. Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous
15. Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous, 169th O.V.I. & Rawson Post G.A.R.
16. Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous
17. Newspaper Clippings - Burgoon Family & Their Interests

Box 3
1. Militia Scrapbook - Seneca County
2. Scrapbook - Miscellaneous
3. Scrapbook - Civil War
4. Newspaper Clippings - Rutherford B. Hayes
5. Newspaper Clippings - Lucy Webb Hayes
6. Newspaper Clippings - Local History
7. Burgoon Family Pictures