Benjamin Franklin Beecher
Nettie Salome Stevens
Robert Clarence Hennecke
Ethel Nellie Johnson
Melvin Henry Beecher Sr.
Evelyn Hennecke
Kenneth Henry Beecher Sr.


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1. Pauline Rhoda Mumma

Kenneth Henry Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 19 Nov 1936, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Pauline Rhoda Mumma in Oct 1955 1
  • Died: 16 Apr 2011, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA at age 74 2

   FamilySearch ID: LJ1N-2BL.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 6 The 1940 census recorded at 135 E. Lemon Street: Melvin H. Beecher, 27, living with wife Evelyn E., 26; and son Kenneth H., 3. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Melvin's occupations: clerk for linoleum, and inspector for manufacturer.

2. Newspaper: Intelligencer Journal: Kenneth H. Beecher Charged with Burgulary, 21 Dec 1956, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 7 -----
Two youths were arrested yesterday for burglarizing the office of the YMCA and the peanut stand of Stergios A. Voulopos, 47 1/2 W. King St., this week. Detective Frank Matt arrested a seventeen-year-old youth from Syracuse, N. Y., who admitted breaking into the peanut stand alone. He implicated Kenneth Beecher, twenty, 356 S. Prince St., in the theft at the YMCA, Detective Frank Matt said.
Beecher was arrested ana charged with burglary. The two took $25 in cash from a filing cabinet at the reception desk on the first floor of the YMCA building between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday. Police said the juvenile was recently discharged from the Navy and has been living in Lancaster. For a brief time he stayed at the "Y."
From the peanut stand early Tuesday, the youth took $7 in change and cigars, eigaret lighters and eigaretts, valued at $35. Some of the loot was recovered when police searched him. Police said none of the cash was recovered.

3. Newspaper: Intelligencer Journal: Three Youths Confess Auto, Other Theft, 22 Dec 1956, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 8 -----
Three Youths Confess Auto, Other Thefts
Three youths rounded up by city detectives admitted yesterday to five auto thefts and two burglaries in the city. Harry G. Reese, eighteen, YMCA, was charged with two counts of auto theft. Kenneth H. Beecher, twenty, 356 S. Prince St., was charged with five counts of car theft and one of burglary. They were prosecuted by Detective Frank Matt before Alderman William A. Hull.
Detectives said that Beecher stole a car owned by Russel Miller, 436 N. Mary St., from near his home Dec. 10th and drove it to Harrisburg where they abandoned it when it ran out of gasoline. They hitched-hiked back to Lancaster.
Other cars the trio stole belonged to Walter G. Gaskins, 601 N. Plum St. on Dec. 10; Amos G. Mowrer, Columbia R1, on Dec. 14; Donald W. Eckert, Dec. 15, and Thomas J. Kirchner, 744 Poplar St., Dec. 17.
The juvenile had previously admitted to burglarizing the YMCA office and the peanut stand of Stergios A. Voulopos, 47 1/2 W. King St. He named Beecher as an accomplice when he burglarized the YMCA reception desk. They were jailed for hearings.

4. Newspaper: Lancaster New Era: Youth Carged with 2 Counts of Car Theft, 29 Dec 1956, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 9 Francis J. Pitts, nineteen, 421 Howard Ave., charged with two counts of car theft, was held for court after a hearing yesterday before Alderman Hull.
Detective Frank Matt, the prosecutor, testified Pitts admitted being involved in two car thefts with Kenneth Beecher, 356 S. Prince St., who was sentenced in County Court yesterday to White Hill.

5. Newspaper: Lancaster New Era: 2 Men Sought by Draft Board 85, 14 Feb 1957, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 4 -----
2 Men Sought by Draft Board 85
Draft Board 85 today announced that it is seeking two men registered for service.
The men and their last known addresses are: John M. Bowers, 156 S. Franklin St., and Kenneth Henry Beecher, 145 S. Queen St.

6. Newspaper: Intelligencer Journal: Man Charged For Firing Gun, 9 Nov 1970, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 10 Kenneth H. Beecher, 34, of Columbia R1, was charged with pointing and discharging a deadly weapon following a domestic argument early Saturday morning. Beecher came home about 2 a.m. and became involved in an argument with his wife, Pauline, 32, police said. State police said Beecher was beating his wife when several neighbors came to the home. Police said that Beecher came out and allegedly threatened the gathering neighbors and fired several times in the air. No one was injured by the gunfire. Beecher was charged before Justice of the Peace Mary W. Nissley and was released after his arraignment when he posted $2,000 bail.

7. Obituary: York Daily Record on 18 Apr 2011 in York, York, PA. Kenneth H. Beecher, Sr., 74, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Lancaster Regional Medical Center. He was the companion of Rosalie Johnson of Lancaster. Born on November 19, 1936, in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Evelyn (Hennekey) Beecher Fitez. He was employed as a truck driver for various trucking companies, including Yellow Freight. Mr. Beecher enjoyed driving trucks and H-O model scale trains. He leaves to cherish his memory, his companion, Rosalie; a daughter, Paula Spalla and husband Keith of Hellam; two sons, Kenneth Beecher, Jr. of Lancaster and Maurice Beecher of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara of Columbia and Jackie of Lebanon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (Mumma) Beecher. Services will be private. Gladfelter Funeral Home, Inc., 822 E. Market St., York, is entrusted with arrangements.

Kenneth married Pauline Rhoda Mumma, daughter of Alvin Paul Mumma and Lucy Mae Snyder, in Oct 1955.1 (Pauline Rhoda Mumma was born on 6 Mar 1938 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA,11 12 13 14 died on 2 Sep 1994 in Columbia, Lancaster, PA 1 11 12 13 14 and was buried in Millersville: Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 11 12 13.)


1 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 3 Sep 1994, page 7. Obituary of Pauline R. Beecher.

2 Social Security Death Index, "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( Kenneth H Beecher, 16 April 2011; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File.

3 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 16 Aug 1999, page B-5. Beecher-Montonya Wedding.

4 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 14 Feb 1957, page 50.

5 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), 24 Mar 1966, page 2. Birth of daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Pauline Mumma) Beecher.

6 1940 United States Census, Melvin H Beecher, Ward 6, Lancaster, Lancaster City, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 36-72, sheet 25A, family 524.

7 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), 21 Dec 1956, page 2.

8 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), 22 Dec 1956, page 19.

9 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 29 Dec 1956, page 16.

10 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), 9 Nov 1970, page 16.

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14, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 168-30-3648 Pauline Rhoda Mumma, father Alivn P. Mumma, mother Lucy M. Snyder.

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