Norcemous Beeker
Mary Jane Rush
Henry Clinton Evans
Mary Catherine Gourley
Clyde R. Beeker
Nannie Estella "Essie" Evans
Norman Evans Beeker


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1. Dorothy Alice Cook

2. Edith Elizabeth Laaksonen

Norman Evans Beeker 2 3

  • Born: 12 Oct 1903, Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN 3
  • Marriage (1): Dorothy Alice Cook
  • Marriage (2): Edith Elizabeth Laaksonen on 12 Apr 1941 in Defiance, Defiance, OH, USA 1
  • Died: 5 Nov 1950, Detroit, Wayne, MI at age 47 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1910 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 4 The 1910 census recorded Clyde Becker [sic - indexed wrong due to poor handwriting], barber shop, 30, living with wife Essie, 26; daughter Mildred, 8; and son Norman, 6. Clyde and Essie were married for 9 years and she had birthed 2 children, both alive in 1910. Clyde and his parents were born in Indiana, Essie and her parents in Tennessee, and their children in Indiana.

2. Book: Tippecanoe County Honor Roll: photo and bio of Norman E. Beeker, 1919. 5
Norman E. Beeker, Private, 304th Ammunition Train, Army (photo in uniform)

Entered service December 28, 1917. Stationed at Ft. Thomas, Ky., Camp Taylor, Ky., and Wright Field, Ohio. Sailed for France in July 1918. Saw almost immediate service hauling ammunition to the front. At the age of 15 he enlisted, and is said to the be the youngest boy in service from Tippecanoe County. Was a member of the 304th ammunition train, 79th division. Took active part in the battles of Gonde, Montagem, Verdun, Saint-Mihiel, Tour and the Argonne. Born at Battle Ground, Ind. October 12, 1903, son of Clyde R. and Estella Beeker. Home is Battle Ground, Ind.

3. Newspaper: Courier and Journal: Norman Beeker,Youngest Soldier, 26 Feb 1919, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, United States. 6 Many states are claiming to have sent the youngest soldier to fight for the world's democracy, but Tippecanoe county comes forward with the youngest hero yet reported. He is Norman E. Beeker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Beeker, of Battle Ground. The lad is a little over 15 years old, but large for his age. He has been at the front since August 1918, but has passed safely through the horrors that have broken the spirit of men twice his age. He is now serving with the army of occupation in Germany.

4. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: "Norman E. Beeker, not yet 18, said to be at his home with a ruptured appendix. An operation will be performed later.", 15 Jun 1919, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, United States. 7

5. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: "St. Louis, Mo., March 4. Mr. And Mrs. Norman Beeker, newly married South Bend, Ind., couple, were sentenced here to serve six months in the county workhouse for passing a worthless check for $22.50.", 4 Mar 1924, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, United States. 8

6. Residence: 1925 Toledo City Directory: Beeker Norman E (Dorothy A) assembler h3121 Glenwood av in 1925 in Toledo, Lucas, OH. 9

7. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: "Norman Beeker has returned to Detroit, Mich., after spending a few days with his father, Clyde Beeker, who is critically ill at St. Elizabeth hospital.", 21 Jul 1937, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, United States. 10

8. Residence: on 6 Aug 1937 in Detroit, Wayne, MI. 2

9. Occupation: fitter on 12 Apr 1941 in Detroit, Wayne, MI. 1

10. Residence: on 12 Apr 1941 in Detroit, Wayne, MI. 1

Norman married Dorothy Alice Cook, daughter of Warren Vettius Cook and Grace DeWitt. (Dorothy Alice Cook was born on 17 Nov 1906 in Fort Wayne, Allen, IN 11 12 and died on 30 Mar 1940 in Northville, Wayne, MI, United States 11 12.)

Norman next married Edith Elizabeth Laaksonen, daughter of Otto Wilho Laaksonen and Ida Elina Riihinen, on 12 Apr 1941 in Defiance, Defiance, OH, USA.1 (Edith Elizabeth Laaksonen was born on 16 Feb 1902 in Chicago, Cook, IL,13 14 died in 1965 in Kaleva, Manistee, MI, United States 13 and was buried in Kaleva: Maple Grove Township Cemetery, Manistee, Michigan, United States 13.)


1, <i>Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013</i>, Norman E Beeker and Edith E Laaksonen Holst Or Halst, 12 Apr 1941; citing Defiance, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 1,977,645.

2 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 6 Aug 1937, page 7. Obituary of Clyde R. Beeker.

3, <i>Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952</i>, Norman Evans Beeker, 05 Nov 1950; citing Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing; FHL microfilm 1,972,939.

4 <i>1910 United States Census</i>, Clyde Becker, Tippecanoe, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 183, sheet 3A, family 66.

5 <i>Tippecanoe County Honor Roll</i> (Lafayette, Indiana, Haywood Publishing Co, 1919), Page 141. Norman E. Beeker.

6 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 26 Feb 1919.

7 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 15 Jun 1944, page 6.

8 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 4 Mar 1924, page 1.

9, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, 1925 Toledo, OH City Directory. Page 246. Online image 121. Norman Beeker.

10 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 21 Jul 1937, page 8.

11, <i>Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952</i>, Dorothy Beeker, 30 Mar 1940; citing Northville, Wayne, Michigan, United States, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing; FHL microfilm 1,973,142.

12, "Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952" (Death Records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.), Certificate 82-14109. Dorothy Beeker. Father Warren Cook. Mother Grace DeWitt. Spouse Norman Beeker.

13 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

14, <i>Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925</i>, Floyd L. Horner and Edith E. Laaksonen, 02 Jul 1921; citing Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, v 5 p 7 rn 6867, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,342,744.

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