Note: Louisa (Lizzie) Muters was born near Guttenberg, Iowa on July 17, 1877. She was the second child of John Henry Muters and Mary Peppmuller that came to Dakota Territory to the area near what became the town of Spencer, South Dakota, with her parents and older brother George in 1882. Also arriving in Dakota Territory, in the same group, at the same time were: Louisa's grandparents Heinrich and Marie Muters, her uncle Henry Muters, his wife Anna Gertrude Clefisch and their children Henry Jr., Fred, Lydia, Edward and Augusta, her uncle William Muters, his wife Mary Clefisch and their daughter Lena. As nearly as can be determined there were a total of sixteen in the Muters family that arrived in 1882. Louisa grew up on a farm a mile and a half south of the town of Spencer. This was the farm that John Henry homesteaded in October of 1881. Lizzie has told her children and grand children tales about growing up in Dakota Territory. As the Indian often passed near the Muters homestead on their trek between Flandreau and Yankton, South Dakota, the family became friendly with them. Lizzie tells of meeting and shaking hands with Sitting Bull, who was a legendary Sioux leader born in 1834. Sitting Bull guided his people for forty years until his death in 1890. Daniel Evans Burnham was born January 27, 1874 at Farmersberg, Iowa. He was the third child of Anna E. And Major Harlan Burnham. Dan had two older brothers, Sam and William, and a Younger sister, Zoe. Zoe lived in the Spencer area most of her life and married John Hosh. Daniel came to McCook county in 1882 and lived the rest of his life in the area. Daniel and Louisa were married in Salem South Dakota in 1895. Their twelve children were: 1. Eva born 1895 died April 8, 1981 2. Samuel born December 4, 1898 Died February 8, 1983 3. Leslie Evans born April 5, 1900 Died October 7, 1955 4. Lloyd John Born April 5, 1900 Died may 4, 1974 5. Vere O. December 16, 1901 Died September 23, 1973 6. Vern H. July 31, 1903 7. Ray H. March 8, 1905 Died July 12, 1973 8. Lyle Burnham September 22, 1907...died in infancy 9. Frances Roy "Roy" born January 27, 1909 Died October 1, 1989 10. Dale B. Born July 1, 1911 Died march 6, 1983 11. Maurice L. Born January 6, 1914 Died February 27 1988 12. Berniece Born December 14, 1917 Died October 7, 1982 For the last thirty years of Dan's life he farmed the homestead of his father. After his death in 1937 at age 63, Louisa moved into Spencer, where she lived for many years. Louisa "Lizzie" Muters Burnham died on November 26, 1968 at the age of 91 years. Dan and Louisa are buried at the cemetery south of Spencer. Many of their grand children, great grand children, and great great grand children, live in the Spencer area at the time of this writing. December 10, 1993 O.T.
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