Ephraim Spencer BURROUGHS

Male 1894 - 1948  (54 years)


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  • Name Ephraim Spencer BURROUGHS 
    Born 27 Jun 1894  Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Nov 1948  Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Susanville Cemetery, Susanville, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I131  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Family Olga Adelia WEMPLE,   b. 13 Sep 1897, Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 2000, Sacramento County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1919  Milford, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Spencer BURROUGHS,   b. 15 Aug 1920, Susanville, Lassen County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 May 1945, Okinawa, Japan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     2. Olga BURROUGHS,   b. 15 Nov 1925, Sacramento, Sacramento County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 2008, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Trent BURROUGHS,   b. 11 Apr 1930, Sacramento, Sacramento County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jan 2008, Sacramento, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. Geoffrey BURROUGHS
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F32  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary from THE SACRAMENTO BEE, 26 November 1948, page 1c2:

      HEART ATTACK IS FATAL TO STATE WATER ATTORNEY

      Spencer E. Burroughs, 54, Principal Attorney for the State Division of Water Resources and recognized authority on water law in California, died early today in Susanville, Lassen County, after a heart attack.

      He died in the home of his mother, Mrs. Gladys Burroughs. He and his family had gone to Susanville for a Thanksgiving Day reunion with his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Wemple, who reside near Susanville.

      DOCTOR WAS CALLED

      With his wife, Olga, and their children, Trent, Jeffrey and Olga, he had returned to the home of his mother shortly after midnight when he complained of feeling ill and lay down on a bed. His wife summoned a doctor but Burroughs was dead when the physician arrived.

      Mrs. Gladys Burroughs had resided in Sacramento until recently when she moved to Susanville. She was in Sacramento at the time of her son's death.

      Burroughs was the son of the late Superior Court Judge H.D. Burroughs of Lassen County. His mother succeeded her husband as Superior Court Judge upon the his death and later served as a Deputy Attorney General (of California). She lives in Susanville.

      STANFORD GRADUATE

      A native of Chico, Butte County, Spencer Burroughs was educated in the public schools of Susanville and studied law at the University of California and Stanford University. He was a graduate of the Stanford Law School.

      In 1920 he entered the private practice of law and in 1922 was named Attorney for the Division of Water Rights, predecessor to the Division of Water Resources. He had been in state service every since and had offices in the Public Works Building at Eleventh and N Streets.

      He was active during recent sessions of the Legislature in drafting and interpreting the law creating the State Water Resources Board.

      Only 10 days ago he appeared at a budget hearing in the State Department of Finance offices to appeal for more legal help, emphasizing that water problems have increased tremendously in recent years, principally because of the Central Valley Project.

      ENSIGN IN NAVY

      Burroughs was an ensign in the Navy in World War I. During World War II his son, Spencer, Jr. also an ensign, was killed at Okinawa.

      Funeral services will be held Monday in the White Mortuary* in Susanville. The Burroughs residence in Sacramento is at 2748 Curtis Way.

      *I can clearly remember that Spencer's funeral was held at his brother-in-law, Albert G. Breitweiser, home. DRW


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