Frederick Cook Beecher Sr.
(1871-1939)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sara Sleeter Collum

Frederick Cook Beecher Sr. 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 1 Dec 1871, Clymer, Chautauqua, NY 6 8 9
  • Marriage (1): Sara Sleeter Collum on 2 Mar 1897 in Philadelphia: St. Phillip's Protestant Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA 1 2 3
  • Died: 7 Oct 1939, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA at age 67 6
  • Buried: 10 Oct 1939, Camp Hill: Rolling Green Cemetery, Cumberland, PA 6

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Erie, Erie, PA. 10 The 1880 census recorded I. T. Beecher, 42, living with wife Cornelia, 37; son Fred, 8; and daughter Blanche, 2. Everyone was born in New York except Blanche in Pennsylvania. I. T.'s father was born in Vermont. His mother and Cornelia's parents were born in New York. [ I. T. is Ira Tomlinson Beecher.]

2. Census in 1900 in McKeesport, Allegheny, PA. 11

3. Book: Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present: bio of Fred C. Beecher, 1914. 9
FRED C. BEECHER, of Ford City, Armstrong Co., Pa., examiner of statements of the State Insurance Department, was born Dec. 1, 1871, in Chautauqua county, N. Y., son of Ira T. and Amelia P. (Cook) Beecher. David Beecher, his grandfather, was a farmer, owning a farm at Lake George, N. Y. The family came originally from Connecticut, and is closely allied with that branch to which Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe belonged. Ira T. Beecher is a man of vigorous personality and became quite prominent in the various lines with which he was associated. For several years he carried on a hardware business at North East, Pa. He was also a successful oil operator, having engaged in the business when it was in its infancy and accumulated a modest fortune by his good judgment and excellent management. He served as burgess, councilman, school director and justice of the peace at North East. He is also a prominent Mason, being a member of North East Lodge and Mount Olivet Commandery, Knights Templar. He has now retired from active business pursuits, making his home at Erie, Pa. To him and his wife were born two children, Fred C. and Blanche, the latter the wife of Charles M. Hatch, of Erie, Pa., general manager of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Railway company.

Fred C. Beecher received his preliminary education in the public schools at North East, Pa. At the age of fourteen he became messenger boy in a bank there, being thus employed two years. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, from which institution he was graduated in 1894, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. During his college course he was the college reporter for the Philadelphia Ledger, then under the control of its noted founder, George W. Childs, and after leaving the university he became a member of the reportorial staff of the Ledger, with which he was connected until 1897. Returning to North East, Pa., he was engaged in the hardware business with his father for about one year, in 1898, becoming teller in the National Bank of McKeesport. He was there four years, until 1902, when he was elected cashier of the First National Bank of Ford City, Pa., of which place he has since been a resident. He maintained his connection with the bank until Jan. 1, 1911, when he was appointed reading clerk to the House of Representatives at Harrisburg, for the term of 1911-13; and later to his present position by Insurance Commissioner Johnson.

Mr. Beecher is a prominent Mason in his section of Pennsylvania, belonging to Kittanning Lodge, No. 244, F. & A. M.; Orient Chapter, No. 247, Royal Arch Masons, of Kittanning, which he is now (1912) serving as high priest; Pittsburgh Commandery, No. 1, K. T. and Syria Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. Mr. Beecher is a member of the Presbyterian Church and has served on the board of trustees. He is a man whose worth has been recognized in every circle in which he has moved, and whose services in the various offices to which he has been chosen have earned him the esteem of all concerned.

In 1897, Mr. Beecher was married to Sarah S. Collum, daughter of Maj. Richard Collum, who was a distinguished officer of the Union army during the Civil war. Four children have been born to this union: Frederick T., Richard S. C., Lee C., and David R.

4. Census in 1920 in East Pennsboro Twp., Cumberland, PA. 12

5. Newspaper: Harrisburg Evening News: "Mrs. F. C. Beecher and children, David and Lucille, are spending the month of August at Wildwood Crest, N. J.", 10 Aug 1921, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 13

6. Residence: on 13 Oct 1923 in Camp Hill, Cumberland, PA. 14

7. Newspaper: Evening News: "Mrs. Frederick Beecher, Jr., of Wilkinsburg, is spending some time with Mr. And Mrs. Frederick Beecher, of North Twenty-sixth street, Camp Hill. Mrs. Beecher Jr. Was formerly Miss Roselle Philips, of this city.", 4 Sep 1926, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 7 "Mrs. Frederick Beecher, Jr., of Wilkinsburg, is spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Beecher, of North Twenty-sixth street, Camp Hill. Mrs. Beecher Jr. was formerly Miss Roselle Philips, of this city."

8. Census in 1930 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 15 The 1930 census recorded Fred C. Beecher, 56, born in New York, living with wife Sarah C., 54, born in Indiana. Living with them: sons Richard S., 25; Lee C., 23; David, 20; and daughter Lucille, 13. The children were born in Pennsylvania.

9. Cause of Death: carcinoma of stomach, 7 Oct 1939, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 6

10. Residence: 400 S. 45Th St., Philadelphia, PA on 7 Oct 1939 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 6


Frederick married Sara Sleeter Collum on 2 Mar 1897 in Philadelphia: St. Phillip's Protestant Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA.1 2 3 (Sara Sleeter Collum was born on 16 Feb 1875 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN,16 died on 27 Dec 1959 in Lansdowne, Delaware, PA 17 18 and was buried on 31 Dec 1959 in Camp Hill: Rolling Green Cemetery, Cumberland, PA 18.)


Sources


1 <i>Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951</i> (FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JJDY-3PX Frederick Cook Beecher and Collum, 1897.

2 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013</i>, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 1004. Philadelphia > St. Phillip's Protestant Episcopal Church.

3 Ancestry.com, <i>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951</i>, Sara Collum m. Frederick Beecher. Marriage license 91803. 1897, Philadelphia.

4 Texas State Registrar Office, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database, <i>FamilySearch.org</i> (https://familysearch.org), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K34Z-SLT : accessed 28 Nov 2013), Fred C Beecher in entry for Lee Chapline Beecher, 26 Apr 1959; citing certificate number 19827, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2115909.

5 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950</i>, David Kinney Beecher.

6 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 84614. Fred C. Beecher. Father Ira T. Beecher. Mother ? Cook. Spouse Sarah Collum Beecher.

7 <i>Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA</i>, 4 Sep 1926, page 2.

8 William H. Beecher IV and Jim Shaw, <i>Descendants of John Beecher 1594-1637</i> (On Rootsweb at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=billjim), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=billjim&id=I12567.

9 <i>Armstrong County, Pennsylvania: Her People Past and Present</i> (J.H. Beers & Co, 1914), Page 622. Fred C. Beecher.

10 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWFC-WT8 Fred Beecher in household of I. T. Beecher, North East, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 181B, family 2, NARA microfilm publication T9-1128.

11 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3MW-R9Y Fredrick C. Bucher, Precinct 1 McKeesport city Ward 6, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet , family 44, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241368.

12 <i>1920 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFYM-5Z8 David Beecher in household of Fredrick Beecher, East Pennsboro, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet , family 159, NARA microfilm publication T625.

13 <i>Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA</i>, 10 Aug 1921, page 4.

14 <i>Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA)</i>, 7 Aug 1889, page 4. Wedding of Frederick Cook Beecher Jr. and Roselle M. Phillips.

15 <i>1930 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XH4N-2FN Fred C Beecher, Philadelphia (Districts 0251-0500), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0496, sheet , family 239.

16 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHSD-XDF Richard S. Collum, Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana, United States; citing sheet 283B, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-0310.

17 Pennsylvania Department of Health, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Indices</i> (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA, 16103. Online at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 .), Death Certificate 111975. Sara C. Beecher.

18 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 111975. Sara C. Beecher. Father Richard S. Collum. Mother Georgetta Kimmey. Spouse Frederick C. Beecher.



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