John William Beecher
Hannah Rebecca Heiser
William Franklin Harrison
Mary Elizabeth Gerry
William Fleming Beecher
Nellie Mae Harrison
Mary Evelyn Beecher


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Mary Evelyn Beecher 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 3 Mar 1907, Traer, Tama, IA 1 2 5
  • Died: 15 Jul 1995, Tempe, Maricopa, AZ at age 88 2 5
  • Buried: Traer: Buckingham Cemetery, Tama, IA 2 5

   FamilySearch ID: L61G-WTH.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1910 in Traer, Tama, IA. 6 The 1910 census recorded W. F. Beecher, 30, living with wife Nellie, 24, and daughter Mary, 3. The parents were born in Pennsylvania and Mary in Iowa.

2. Census in 1920 in Traer, Tama, IA. 7 The 1920 census recorded William Beecher, manager dry goods, 41, living with wife Nellie, 40; Mary, 13; Ruth, 6; and Verna, 2 years 4 months when the census was recorded on 15 January 1920.

3. Census in 1930 in Traer, Tama, IA. 8 The 1930 census recorded William Beecher, 51, living with wife Nellie, 47; Mary, 23; Ruth, 14; Verna May, 13; and his mother, Hannah, 69. William and Hannah were born in Pennsylvania, the others in Iowa.

4. Census in 1940 in Traer, Tama, IA. 1 The 1940 census recorded William Beecher, 51, living with his mother Anna Rebecca, 80, and William's daughter, Mary, 32. Also in the home are lodgers Hollis Galley, 48, and Henry Holden, 21. Everyone was born in Iowa except William and Anna in Pennsylvania.

5. Census in 1950 in Traer, Tama, IA. 9 The 1950 census recorded at 3 5th Street: Will F. Beecher, janitor at church, 71, widowed, living with his daughter, Mary E. Beecher, 42, and his mother, Rebecca Beecher, 89. Mary was born in Iowa and the others in Pennsylvania.

6. Obituary: Obituary of Mary Beecher of Tempe, Arizona on 18 Jul 1995. MARY BEECHER

Graveside services for Mary Evelyn BEECHER, 88, of Tempe, Ariz., and formerly of Traer, will be held Friday, July 21, 1995, at 2 p.m. at Buckingham Cemetery, rural Traer. There will be no visitation.

She died Saturday, July 15, 1995, in Tempe, Ariz., following a short illness.

Mary Evelyn BEECHER was born in Traer, Iowa, March 3, 1907, the oldest of three daughters of William and Nellie (HARRISON) BEECHER. She graduated from Traer High School with a normal training certificate and taught several years in rural area schools. She attended summer sessions at Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls until she received her B. A. Degree.

After teaching in the Dumont and Vinton, Iowa, schools, Mary returned to Traer to keep house for her father and sister following her mother's death. Later, she secured a position in the Traer Schools where she taught for many years.

At the request of the University of Iowa, she was invited to prepare a geography curriculum to present on television for the Iowa school classrooms. While at the University she received her Masters Degree.

In 1957 Mary and her father moved to Tempe, Ariz. She worked in the cataloging department of Arizona State University and later took library science courses in Denver, Colo. Later Mary was in charge of making an index of the Solar Energy Collection at Arizona State University until her retirement in February of 1977.

Following the death of Mary's father, she opened her home to a number of Vietnamese college students. She enjoyed having people come to her home and enjoyed camping and was familiar with many of the wilderness areas of Arizona. She loved the desert and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of its birds, trees and scrubs.

Mary was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Tempe and served on its diaconate board and Margaret Circle. She was also a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, professional geography fraternity and the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister.

Mary is survived by a sister, Ruth BOETTCHER of Grinnell, Iowa, and other relatives and friends.


1 1940 United States Census, William Beecher, Traer, Perry Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 86-20, sheet 4B, family 99, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1207.

2 Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (,

3 "Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)" (Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.), 11 Oct 1980, page 83. Obituary of William Fleming Beecher.

4 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 14 Oct 1931, page 8. Funeral of Mrs. William Beecher.

5 Find A Grave,

6 1910 United States Census, W F Beecher, Perry, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing sheet , family 84, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374437.

7 1920 United States Census, William Beecher Traer IA.

8 1930 United States Census, Mary Beecher in household of William Beecher, Traer, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0020, sheet , family 294, NARA microfilm publication .

9 "1950 United States Census," Will F Beecher Traer IA.

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