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BURDICK, Loren Z.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
II, page 216, 1923.
BURDICK, LOREN Z. A resident of Daytona Beach since 1896, when he came here because of the
ill health of his wife, LOREN Z. BURDICK has become one of the successful contractors and
builders of this part of the state, and has watched the marvelous development of the locality
since the time that only two trails led here, the South Bridge Trail, now known as Silver
Beach Avenue, and the Seabreeze Trail, now known as Main Street.
Mr. BURDICK was born at Clifford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, May 24, 1850, and is a
son of ZEBADIAH and SUSAN (IRISH) BURDICK, the former a native of Rhode Island and the latter
of Connecticut. The parents spent their married lives in Susquehanna County, where each
died when fifty-five years of age, the elder BURDICK having followed an honorable career
as a shoemaker and farmer. LOREN Z. BURDICK passed his school days at Clifford, and on the
completion of his education began to learn the trade of carpenter and builder. When only
twenty-three years of age he had been launched upon his career as a full-fledged contractor,
and for forty-nine years he has followed this line of business. That he is still progressing
is shown in the fact that his last year's business was the heaviest he has experienced, amounting
to $180,000. Mr. BURDICK is generally his own architect, drawing his own plans and carrying
on his own business without the aid of a clerical force. While still in Pennsylvania for a
time, in addition to contracting, he raised sheep and farmed.
In 1876 Mr. BURDICK was united in marriage with Miss EVA YOUNG, who was born in Benton Township,
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, daughter of JULIUS YOUNG, a lifetime contractor, now in the ninety-
third year of his age. Mr. YOUNG spends his winters in Florida, making the trips to and
from this state unaccompanied by friends or family. His home is now at Ballston Spa, near
For some time Mrs. BURDICK's health had been failing, and in 1896 she and Mr. BURDICK decided
to come to Florida. The appearance of Daytona Beach at the time of their arrival was not an
inspiring one, for the homes were almost all little more than shacks, where are now to be found
some of the most magnificent residences in the country. Of these homes Mr. BURDICK has built
in the neighborhood of 400 in the Triple cities, and while so doing has established a reputation
for splendid workmanship, honorable dealing and fidelity in all business matters. Incidentally,
while he has been working out his success, Mrs. BURDICK has fully recovered her health. When
they came to this locality they formed the choir and almost the entire congregation of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, of which they have continued as the chief support, Mr. BURDICK
having been Sunday School superintendent for years and both he and Mrs. BURDICK having been
teachers, Mr. BURDICK has been an official member of churches of this faith since he was
twenty-two years old.
He has always been interested in civic maters, and for 3 1/2 years served as postmaster at
Daytona Beach and for a time was a member of the school board. His support has always been
at the disposal of worthy movements, of a moral, educational, religious, civic or charitable
nature. He belongs to the Peninsula Civic Club, while Mrs. BURDICK is a member of the
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