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Your husband and I are related in some manner. My grandmother is Agnes Burnham Slade, w/o James M. Slade of the Mancos and Redmesa area. Grandma Slade was born in/near Bluff but family lived in/near Fruitland. Grandma Slade was also family of the first wife. My great-aunt Lila (Delilah) was a hoot and I miss her and Raymond Roubidoux's stories and particularly the probable answer to this query had I only known about this person of bad fame and ill repute (or not, depending on one's viewpoint). Aunt Lila told me that her polygamy family life experinces were that the wives got younger and more time was spent with the younger families. I think and think only that this Georgie is probably a pseudonym and a child of wife #2, #3. If my great grandfather George Franklin Burnham was indeed the person who returned the body to "Durango area and then to Bluff, Utah" the death of Georgie Burnham happened by 1902. I puzzle about the logistics of all this train travel & body transfers because family of first wife lived "hardscrabble". On the plus side I have met few "Burnham" family members who could not sing, or were otherwise musically inclined. Georgie Burnham offered "musicales" for the gentlemen's entertainment, so genetically the story would be true!
I find it somewhat amusing that the Utah census for 1880's time frame name the profession as "prostitute" while Colorado and other states use euphemisms for the trade.
For whatever the story is worth, Georgie's business address was same block as Mattie Silks house of bad fame and ill repute and the business address then is now the Colorado Rockies baseball field which gives new meaning to the term "getting to first base" and makes nearby fans wonder why I high five when any player, any team hits a homerun. Check with your local public library and interlibrary loan in the books mentioned in the query! I didn't list the name of the book that shows the actual business card/advertisement for Georgie's business.
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