John Henry Beecher
Ella M. Godfrey
Alfred Howard Jacoby
Carrie Lory
Henry Ward Beecher
Katharine Beck Jacoby
David Lory Beecher Sr.


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1. Elaine Louise Stitzel

David Lory Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

  • Born: 26 Mar 1928, Greensboro, Guilford, NC 3 4 7
  • Marriage (1): Elaine Louise Stitzel on 30 Jun 1956 in York: St. Paul's (Wolf's) Church, York, PA 1 2
  • Died: 21 Oct 2017, York, York, PA at age 89 6 7
  • Buried: 25 Oct 2017, Manchester: Manchester Union Cemetery, York, PA 6 7

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-5C5.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1930 in Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 3 The 1930 census recorded at 1312 W. Market Street: Henry W. Beecher, proprietor real estate company, 42, living with wife Katherine, 36; sons Henry J., 7; Kenneth, 4 and 2 months; David, 2. Also with them: Lula Mills, servant, 34. The parents and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, and the children and Lula in North Carolina.

2. Census in 1940 in Manchester, York, PA. 11 The 1940 census recorded at 69 S. Main Street: Henry Beecher, 52, candy maker candy factory, living with wife Katherine, candy maker candy factory, 47; and son Kenneth, 14. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

Henry's sons Henry and David were mistakenly not listed on page 4B of the census with their parents, and their correction is listed on page 61A in Manchester, York. The information there:

Henry, 17, single, 3 years of high school; and David, 12, 6 years of school. Both born in Pennsylvania.

3. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: "David Beecher, son of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Beecher, returned to Staunton Military academy, Va., after spending the summer vacation at this place.", 23 Sep 1944, York, York, PA. 12

4. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: "David Beecher, a student at Staunton Military Academy, Va., and Sgt. Henry Beecher, are spending the holiday vacation with their parents, Mr. And Mrs. Henry Beecher.", 27 Dec 1945, York, York, PA. 13

5. Census in 1950 in Manchester, York, PA. 14 The 1950 census recorded renting at 69 S. Main Street: Henry W. Beecher, deceased 4/5/1950, 62, listed with wife Katherine J., proprietor candy factory, and son David L., 22. The parents were born in Pennsylvania and David in North Carolina.

6. Residence: on 4 Apr 1950 in Manchester, York, PA. 15

7. He was educated at University of North Carolina in 1952 in Chapel Hill, Orange, NC. 1

8. Occupation: Partner, Katharine Beecher Candy Company on 30 Jun 1956 in Manchester, York, PA. 1

9. Residence: 835 Woodberry Rd., York, PA on 30 Jun 1956 in York, York, PA. 1

10. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: marriage of Elaine Louise Stitzel and David Lory Beecher, 2 Jul 1956, York, York, PA. 1 Elaine Stitzel Wed to David Beecher
Double ring ceremony is performed at St. Paul's Lutheran church.
(photo of the bride)

Elaine Louise Stitzel, daughter of Mrs. William Curtis Stitzel, 135 Irving road, and the late Mr. Stitzel, was married Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran church to David Lory Beecher, Wyndham hills, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher of Manchester.
Rev. Dr. Chester Simonton, pastor, assisted by Rev. Dr. Harry Saul, pastor of Christ Lutheran church, Manchester, performed the double ring ceremony in which the bridge was given in marriage by her maternal grandfather, William Haines.
The bride wore a gown of white Italian silk fashioned with a fitted bodice, short sleeves and long mitts. Aleneon lace was appliqued at the neckline and hipline, and the bouffant skirt fell into a cathedral train. Her fingertip veil of silk illusion fell from a Juliette cap of matching silk and lace embroidered with seed pearls.
She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley, stephanotis and orchids with ivy foilage.
Patricia I. Kennedy, of Pittsburgh was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Henry J. Beecher, the bridegroom's sister in law; Christine Thomas, Judith Sidley, of Pottstown, and Alice Frost, Philadelphia. They wore gowns of white organdy embroidered in pink and accented with pink sashes, and white picture hats, also trimmed in pink.
The bridegroom's brother, Henry J. Beecher, served as best man, and his nephew, Stephen Beecher, acted as ring bearer. Ushers were John F. Funk, Albert G. Blakey, III, James Walsh, Edwin Galley, John Loucks and Harry Wisotskey, III.
The church was decorated with pink and white flowers and palms. Frank Renault, organist, played at the ceremony, after which a reception was held at Country Club of York.
The bride, a 1963 graduate of William Penn Senior High school, attended Bucknell University for three years. The bridegroom, a graduate of Stuanton Military academy, Staunton, Va., and University of North Carolina, presently is employed as a partner at the Katharine Beecher Candy company, Manchester. The couple will reside at 835 Woodbury road, Grandview terrace, following a trip to Canada.

11. Newspaper: The Gazette and Daily: At York Hospital: Born: To Mr. And Mrs. David Beecher, 835 Woodberry road, Friday, a son., 20 Nov 1957, York, York, PA. 8

12. Residence: 835 Woodberry Road, York, PA on 5 Mar 1960 in York, York, PA. 9

13. Residence: 2071 N. Brook Circle, York, PA on 8 Oct 1983 in York, York, PA. 10

14. Residence: 2071 N Brook Cir, York, PA, 17403-4749 in 1993 in York, York, PA. 16

15. Obituary: York Daily Record: obituary of David Lory Beecher on 23 Oct 2017 in York, York, PA. 6 David Lory Beecher, Sr. died October 21, 2017 at York Hospital. David was the husband of Elaine S. (Stitzel) Beecher. Elaine and David celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 30, 2017.
Born March 26, 1928 in Greensboro, NC, David was the son of the late Henry Ward and Katharine (Jacoby) Beecher.
David was a 1946 graduate of The Staunton Military Academy and a 1950 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
David was a partner in the former Katharine Beecher Candies and later was the CEO and owner of The Beecher Company until his retirement.
David was a past Vice President of the York Jaycees and a member of the National Board of Jaycees. He was also a member and past Secretary/Treasurer of the National Candy Wholesalers Association as well as a member of The University of North Carolina General Alumni Association and the Country Club of York.
In addition to his wife, Elaine, he is survived by his son, David L. Beecher, Jr. and wife, Cindy of York; and daughters, Diane B. Morrison of Seattle, WA and Ellen B. Wagner of Baltimore, MD; six grandchildren, Katharine K. Wagner of York, Stephen Morrison, Christian Morrison and wife, Jessica of Seattle, WA, Jonathan Morrison stationed at Fort Hood in Killian, TX, Alexander Beecher and his fiancé, Samantha of Alexandria, VA and Andrew Grube of Baltimore. David was a great-grandfather to Sammy Khan of York. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry J. Beecher and Kennett Beecher.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, with a visitation held prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Manchester Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, York.

David married Elaine Louise Stitzel, daughter of William Curtis Stitzel and Marjorie Haines, on 30 Jun 1956 in York: St. Paul's (Wolf's) Church, York, PA.1 2 (Elaine Louise Stitzel was born on 11 Oct 1935 in York, York, PA 5 17.)


1 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 2 Jul 1956, page 10. Marriage of Elaine Louise Stitzel and David Lory Beecher.

2 York County Courthouse, Pennsylvania, marriage license 1956-71609 Beecher David Lory and Stitzel Elaine Louise.

3 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina; Roll: 1694; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 1137.0; FHL microfilm: 2341428.

4, North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000, David L Beecher, 1928.

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

6 York Daily Record (York, PA), 23 October 2017, obituary of David Lory Beecher.

7 Find A Grave,

8 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 20 Nov 1957, page 14.

9 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 5 Mar 1960, page 5.

10 York Daily Record (York, PA), 13 Oct 1983, page 12.

11 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Manchester, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3642; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 67-54. Also see Page 61A for his sons correction.

12 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 23 Sep 1944, page 12.

13 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 27 Dec 1945, page 23.

14 "1950 United States Census," Henry W Beecher Manchester York PA.

15 York County History Center (250 E Market St, York, PA 17403, Henry Ward Beecher obituary newspaper clipping in the library's Beecher surname file, newspaper name not cited.

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

17 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: York, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3646; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 67-163.

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