John Simon Beecher
Carrie Irene Gilbert
Eli Zook Jones
Anna Catherine Richardson
Paul Edward Beecher Sr.
Pearl Margaret Jones
Glenn Edward Beecher Sr.


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1. Emma Elizabeth White

Glenn Edward Beecher Sr. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

  • Born: 17 Mar 1931, Jacksonville, Cumberland, PA, USA 1 5 8 14
  • Marriage (1): Emma Elizabeth White on 26 Nov 1953 1
  • Died: 27 May 2016, Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC, USA at age 85 1 8
  • Buried: 1 Jun 2016, Scotland: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Franklin, PA 1 8

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-GN9.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Newville, Cumberland, PA. 5 The 1940 census recorded two Beecher families as close neighbors on Rural Delivery route 1 in Newville:

John Beecher, widowed, 80, was living with his daughter, Ella Beecher, 46; son Paul, bulldozer operator, 30; daughter Winifred, 10; and son Glenn, 9. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. [Note: Winified and Glen are the children of Paul, and John is their grandfather. Their mother is living alone in Shippensburg in 1940.]

Samuel Beecher, 34, was living with wife Elizabeth D., 34; Leona, 13; Gerald, 12; Margaret, 9; Richard, 7; Mary, 4; Joan, 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. No one had an occupation listed.

2. Newspaper: News-Chronicle: Glenn E. Beecher, R. R. 1, enlisted at the U.S. Army recruiting station in Chambersburg., 14 Jul 1950, Shippensburg, Cumberland, PA.

3. Newspaper: News-Chronicle: "Birth Announcements: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Beecher of Shippenburg R. R. 3, a daughter, June 27 at the Carlisle hospital.", 2 Jul 1954, Shippensburg, Cumberland, PA. 15

4. Residence: R.D. 2, Fayetteville, PA on 24 Mar 1959 in Fayetteville, Franklin, PA. 6

5. Newspaper: Public Opinion: Land Sales: Walter W. Rubey, Greene Twp., to Glenn E. and Emma E. Beecher, R.R. 2, Fayetteville, three adjoining tracts of land along Route 30 in Greene Twp., Jan. 19, 9 Feb 1960, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 16

6. Newspaper: Public Opinion: Land Sales: Glenn E. and Emma E. Beecher, Greene Twp., to Charles and Helen M. Drozdowski, Philadelphia, three tracts of land in Greene Twp. along Lincoln Highway, nominal, August 20., 23 Aug 1960, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 17

7. Newspaper: Fulton Democrat: Beecher's Auto Salvage Inc., 28 Jul 1977, McConnellsburg, Fulton, PA. 18 Beecher's Auto Salvage, Inc., located at RD 2, Fayetteville, phone 352-2246, has one of the largest stocks of new, reconditioned and used auto parts in this section of the State. In addition, they have a fine selection of used cars for sale at reasonable prices. Phone them for information concerning any part or for towing and auto salvage. We wish to compliment the management of Beecher's on rendering the people of this area new and used part's at such reasonable prices. They will pay highest prices for wrecked cars anywhere. Here you can get expertly rebuilt carburetors, generators, alternators and starters. They also have a large stock of fenders, grills, auto glass, gears and transmissions, as well as batteries and tires. If you need a replacement engine and want to be able to depend on it, be sure you see them first. Don't spend a lot of time looking around for parts when you have access to the large stock at Beecher's Auto Salvage, Inc. When in need of anything in the way of auto parts, new, used or rebuilt, this is the place to go. We, in this Review, highly recommend this firm to all our readers. Phone them at 352-2246 for information on parst, auto salvage or towing.

8. Newspaper: Public Opinion: Glenn E. Beecher, R.R. 3, Fayetteville, was permitted to expand his business, DBA Beecher's Auto Salvage on Route 30, by erecting a metal building which will house cars awaiting insurance adjustments or repairs., 19 Aug 1977, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 19

9. Residence: on 6 Sep 1977 in Fayetteville, Franklin, PA. 10

10. Newspaper: Public Opinion: He has on affection for all kinds of junk, 17 Jun 1983, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 20 Public Opinion, Chambersburg, 17 Jun 1983, Page 13
(newspaper photo) Glenn Beecher answers his remote telephone while working near the Nutcracker, designed to make a compact out of any vehicle.

FAYETTEVILLE -- People who have accidents often meet Glenn Beecher on the day of "reckoning." His business is wrecks, and he has 500 or more examples of crumpled cars, totaled trucks and victimized vans to prove it at Beecher 's Auto Salvage, 7287 Lincoln Way E. Because he spends a lot of time outdoors, Beecher's face is as ruddy as the rusty parts he works with nearly everyday. Dressed in a blue uniform and wearing a cap cocked on the back of his head, Beecher spends much of his 14-hour day answering the greasy portable telephone he hangs from his pants pocket and working with Junk, which he prefers to call "salvageable Beecher specializes in finding alternative uses for worn objects. His only jewelry is a 50-cent horseshoe nail his son-in-law fashioned into a ring.

His porch is decorated with lampposts from a bridge in Newville that was removed in the 1950s. The fence around his yard once was used in a cemetery in Pond Bank. Beecher, 52. says he readily identifies with poorer people, the kind who try used parts because new ones are too expensive. Raised in Walnut Bottom as the son of a construction worker, he quit school in the eighth grade to begin working.

By 18, he was in the U.S. Army, learning discipline while serving in Korea. Today, Beecher habitually uses "yes sir" and "no sir" with his customers. Thirty years ago, when he married his wife, Emma, he already was trading cars. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for E. D. Plummer and Sons Inc. construction company, 961 S. Main Chambersburg, and Mt. Cydonia Sand 243 Black Gap Fayetteville, But his part-time wheeling and dealing was doing so well, he knew he had to go with one job or the other.

He chose salvage. "That's where the bread is buttered." he says. "It's like gambling You have to know special metals and when to hold on to something and when to crush It in the Nutcracker (his metal crushing machine). I've crushed cars only to have someone call the next day and ask if I have it. "In some businesses, close enough is OK, like a butcher who has been in business for a while.

He can cut off two pounds of cheese and be within an ounce and it's OK. A carpenter can cut a board short and make it work. But a wheel has to fit perfectly." Beecher never formally studied mechanics, but spent his classroom time "under a shade tree In the old backyard." Over the years, he has learned what parts are Interchangeable and when manufacturers change designs. What he can't recall, he looks up in his salvage bible, Glenn Mitchell's Car and Truck Manual, which lists cars and the parts that fit. Beecher gets plenty of daily exercise, walking around among his 10 acres of rusty, but workable, cars and parts.

His remote phone rings a dozen times an hour. He keeps a mental inventory and usually knows right away whether he has what a caller needs. The salvage business isn't what it once was, Beecher says. Although summer is the best time to deal and the recycling movement Is acquainting more people with the value of used merchandise, Beecher laments a failing economy and the lack of work for young people for an overall depressed situation "There's nothing like trying to help someone who tries to help himself," he says.

"But when you give to someone and they don't respond, then you'll have to do it over again." A failing economy, Beecher says, can be seen in lower prices for metal. Beecher can crush a car and sell it for $1 per 100 pounds when prices are good, or 80 cents otherwise. That equals about $20 a car, no windfall when considering time, labor, equipment and transportation costs. Beecher's profits aren't in metal, he says, but in parts. He buys wrecked cars and vehicles that run but would cost too much to inspect.

He also buys from dealers and at automobile auctions in Shlppensburg and elsewhere. Now, he says, people are buying smaller cars and the market for older ones always has been good. Beecher has a 1939 four-door Ford, but his everyday car Is a 1966 Chevrolet convertible. Last week, he sold a 1951 Henry to an out-of-stater. He says people from other areas often stop to look for a bargain.

The Beechers live at the salvage yard and privacy is at a premium, Emma Beecher says. Living at your place of business Is a mixed blessing, she says. The owner can keep an eye on his property, but he can't escape It. Beecher says meals are a matter of "hit and run" and sometimes "hide and eat." But the routine has its rewards. The Beechers don't vacation in the Bahamas.

But they have work for their children and Beecher says he feels that he serves the public. Randy, 27, used to work for his father. Glenn, 18, still does. The Beechers have two daughters, Bonnie Kay, 29, and Lorri Ann, 14. Beecher is not sure what the future of Junk Is or what will become of his yard when he retires.

He's building a house across the street from his business. But he's not thinking much about retirement. He's very aware that a man who has spent his lifetime working hard might become a living wreck if he has nothing to do.

11. Residence: on 24 Mar 1990 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC, USA. 12

12. Residence: in 1998 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 4

13. Residence: in 2008 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 3

14. Residence: in 2008 in Fayetteville, Franklin, PA. 3

15. Newspaper: Public Opinion: Public Sale, 18 May 2012, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 21 PUBLIC SALE
Antiques, Collectibles, Mil Chambg. Bottles, Furniture, New Electrical Items & Power Equipment
Located at 95 West Main Street, Fayetteville PA 17222
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
Terms: Cash or Good Check.
Glen Beecher, Owner (plus others)
Directions: Sale located behind Fayetteville Fire Company
Note: Glen is going out of business; thus one more Big Sale. Plan to attend; a lot of good items. Auctionner and owner not responsible for accidents.

16. Newspaper: Public Opinion: Deed Transfers: Greene Township: $300,000: Glenn E. Emme E. Beecher to Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department Inc., 21 Sep 2012, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 22

17. Residence: on 30 Apr 2016 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC, USA. 7

18. Obituary: Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home: obituary of Glenn E. Beecher on 28 May 2016 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 1 Glenn E. Beecher, Sr., age 85, of Fayetteville, PA, passed away at his home on Friday, May 27, 2016, surrounded by his family. Born March 17, 1931, in Jacksonville, PA, he was the son of the late Paul E. and Pearl Margarent Jones Beecher.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Beecher served honorably during the Korean Conflict. He was the founder and former owner for 50 years of Beecher's Auto Salvage, until 2007. Mr. Beecher was also the owner and operator of Boss's Outlet in Fayetteville, PA. Community minded, Mr. Beecher was a founding member of the Fayetteville Ruritan, he was also a member of the George Washington Lodge No. 143, the Harrisburg Consistory, American Legion Post 46, and Marine Corps League. He enjoyed helping others and classic cars.

Surviving is his wife 62 years, Emma Beecher, whom he married on November 26, 1953; three children, Bonnie Shaffer of Greencastle, PA, Glenn E. Beecher, Jr. of Fayetteville, PA, and Laurie Fiddesop of St. Thomas, PA; nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Mike and Ed Beecher of Carlisle, PA, James Beecher of Fayetteville, PA, and Winifred Beam of Carlisle, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Randy and William Beecher.

Funeral services will be held in his honor on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 11 AM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Rev. Terry Hoke will officiate. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 6 '96 9 PM and on Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, where military honors will be performed by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Fayetteville Fire Company, 101 W. Main St., Fayetteville, PA 17222 or the Food Pantry at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 44 East Main St. Fayetteville, PA 17222.

Glenn married Emma Elizabeth White, daughter of Melvin Monroe White and Edith Kermit Miller, on 26 Nov 1953.1 (Emma Elizabeth White was born on 30 Jun 1934 in Huntingdon, Huntingdon, PA,23 24 25 died on 30 Jul 2016 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA 24 25 and was buried on 3 Aug 2016 in Scotland: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Franklin, PA 24 25.)


1 Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home (Chambersburg, PA), Obituary of Glenn E Beecher.

2 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 14 Jul 1950, page 1.

3 The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland., 9 Apr 2008, Obituary of Randy E. Beecher.

4 Cumberland Times-News (Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland), 01 Jun 1998, obituary of William Donald Glotfelty.

5 1940 United States Census, John Beecher, Penn Township, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21-46, sheet 5B, family 85, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3479.

6, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 24097. William Glenn Beecher. Father Glenn E. Beecher. Mother Emma White.

7 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (, Obituary of Nancy Beecher Jackson.

8 Find A Grave,

9 Hoffman Funeral Home (Carlisle, PA) (, Obituary of Winnifred V. B. Beam.

10 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (, 8 Sep 1977, page 16. Obituary of Paul E. Beecher Sr.

11 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 9 Apr 2008, page 4. Obituary of Randy E. Beecher Sr.

12 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 26 Mar 1990, page 4. Obituary of Edith K. White.

13 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 29 May 1991, page 5. Birth of Allen Joseph Fiddesop.

14, United States Public Records Index, Glen Beecher, 29 Mar 2005-15 Nov 2007.

15 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 2 Jul 1954, page 2.

16 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 9 Feb 1960, page 9.

17 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 23 Aug 1960, page 2.

18 The Fulton Democrat (McConnelsburg, PA), 28 Jul 1977, page 7.

19 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 19 Aug 1977, page 17.

20 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 17 Jun 1983, page 13.

21 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 18 May 2012, page 18.

22 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 21 Sep 2012, page 26.

23, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Volume 1.

24 Find A Grave,

25 Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home (Chambersburg, PA), Obituary of Emma Elizabeth Beecher.

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