John Henry Paul Ward Beecher Sr.
Charlotte Cecelia Molina
Eleanor Edith Beecher
Margaret Louise Beecher


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1. Leroy C. Rupp
2. Arthur Roy Lee

3. William Harold Baker

Margaret Louise Beecher 2 5 6

  • Born: 22 Aug 1945, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Leroy C. Rupp on 4 Mar 1961 in , Monterey, CA 1
  • Marriage (2): Arthur Roy Lee on 16 Jan 1964 in Marina, Monterey, CA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (3): William Harold Baker in Hollister, San Benito, CA

   Another name for Margaret is Margaret Louise Cardinelli.7

   FamilySearch ID: LD74-VQL.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: The Californian: Young Seaside Mother 'Human Torch' Victim, 4 Jan 1947, Salinas, Monterey, CA. 8 ---
Young Seaside Mother Human Torch
Victim Mrs. Eleanor Johnson, 16, Suffers Fatal Burns After Clothing Soaked in Kerosene Early Today, Sheriff's Deputies Report
Soaked in blazing kerosene, 16 year old Mrs. Eleanor Johnson, who was expecting a second child, suffered fatal first degree burns early this morning at the Seaside home of her mother, Mrs. John Beecher, while her father attempted to smother the flames with a blanket, sheriff's deputies reported today.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Beecher, who live at Harding and Domingo streets in Seaside, she was visiting her parents with her husband, William Johnson, 17. Taken first to the Monterey hospital she was given first aid prior to her transfer to the county hospital here, where she died at 8:30 a. m. from burns on the upper torso.
Statement taken from the fatally injured girl, both at the hospital in Monterey and by Dr. O. H. Hull of the county hospital on her arrival, indicate evidence of a suicide attempt, district attorney's office reported this morning.
Kerosene Bottle Found
Sheriff's deputies investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury reported upon their arrival Mrs. Johnson was lying on the floor between a bedroom and the kitchen, wrapped in a blanket, and that flames were extinguished. They said that no fire had been started in the coal range, and that a half-filled bottle of kerosene on the kitchen table had been spilled on the floor near the table, but none had fallen near the stove.
Rugs in the hallway, to which she had crawled or fallen when the blaze started, were burned, sheriff's officers reported. Taken immediately to the Monterey hospital, where first aid was administered, she then was rushed to the county hospital by ambulance, the report added.
Gordon Campbell, deputy district attorney for Monterey, reported that statements taken from both of the doctors, who talked to the girl before she died, indicated she was despondent and had attempted to take her own life.

2. Census in 1950 in Seaside, Monterey, CA. 7 The 1950 census recorded at 1427 Mingo Avenue: William J. Beacher [sic], 73, living with wife Emma, 66. They were born in Pennsylvania.
Living next door at Mingo & Darwin is Charlotte C. Beecher, divorced, houseworker in private homes, 42; her daughter Kathleen M. Cardinelli, 20; and granddaughter Margaret L. [surname originally recorded as Cardinelli but crossed out and replaced with Beecher], 4. They were born in California.
Next door on Darwin is crossed out: Arthur L. Beecher, 43, born in Pennsylvania, occupation "inmate in prison" followed by his wife, who is not crossed out: Viola P. Beecher, 34; her daughter Arlene M. 12; son Arthur L., 7; and son William E., 6. All were born in California.

3. Newspaper: The Californian: Licenses To Wed: LEE-RUPP - Arthur R. Lee, 20, Fort Ord, and Margaret Louise Rupp, 18, 1821 Judson street, Seaside., 16 Jan 1964, Salinas, Monterey, CA. 4

4. Residence: on 5 Oct 1982 in Salinas, Monterey, CA. 9

5. Residence: in 2008 in Ozark, Franklin, AR. 2

6. Residence: on 16 Jan 1964 in Seaside, Monterey, CA. 4

7. Residence: 16320 Hunters Cabin, Ozark, AR 72949 in Ozark, Franklin, AR.

Margaret married Leroy C. Rupp on 4 Mar 1961 in , Monterey, CA.1 (Leroy C. Rupp was born about 1943 in , , CA 1.)

Margaret next married Arthur Roy Lee, son of Walter Lee and Lily, on 16 Jan 1964 in Marina, Monterey, CA.2 3 4 The marriage ended in divorce in Oct 1972. (Arthur Roy Lee was born on 25 May 1943 in Liberty, , KY 2 and died on 18 Sep 2001 2.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. They were divorced in Oct 1972 in , Monterey, CA. 10

Margaret next married William Harold Baker, son of William Baker and June Blaha, in Hollister, San Benito, CA. (William Harold Baker was born on 7 Jun 1946 in Columbus, Franklin, OH 2 11 and died on 14 Jan 2014 12.)


1, California, U.S., Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (State of California. California Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.), Leroy C Rupp and Margaret L Beecher, 1961.

2 Beecher, Dianne, Interview with Dianne Beecher, wife of William E. Beecher, son of Arthur L. Beecher. (June 11, 2008).

3, California, U.S., Marriage Index, 1960-1985 (State of California. California Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.), Arthur R Lee and Margaret L Beecher, 1964.

4 The Californian (Salinas, CA), 16 Jan 1964, page 20. Licenses To Wed.

5 and, California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Margaret Louise Beecher, b. 22 Aug 1945, Mother's Maiden Name: Beecher, Birth County: San Francisco.

6 and, California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Margaret Louise Beecher, 1945.

7 "1950 United States Census," William J. Beacher, Seaside, Monterey, CA.

8 The Californian (Salinas, CA), 4 Jan 1947, page 1. Death of Mrs. Eleanor Johnson nee Beecher.

9 The Californian (Salinas, CA), 6 Oct 1982, page 12. Obituary of Charlotte C. Beecher.

10, California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984, Margaret L Beecher and Arthur R Lee, 1972.

11, Ohio, U.S., Birth Index, 1908-1998 (Ohio Birth Records. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Vital Records Office.), William H Baker, b. 7 Jun 1946.

12 U.S. Social Security Death Index, William H. Baker, b. 7 Jun 1946, d. 14 Jan 2014.

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