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Gustave Adam Beecher


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Gustave Adam Beecher 2

  • Born: 7 Nov 1845, Schwickartshausen, Büdingen, HE, DEU 1 2 3 4
  • Christened: 23 Nov 1845, Schwickartshausen, Büdingen, HE, DEU 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Mary Ann Sumpter in 1868 in , Kenosha, WI, USA 1
  • Died: 5 Mar 1923, Union Grove, Racine, WI at age 77 2 3
  • Buried: Union Grove: Union Grove Memorial Cemetery, Racine, WI, USA 2

   Another name for Gustave was Gus Beecher.1

   FamilySearch ID: KHDV-28X.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Moved: 1846, , , WI. 3

2. Moved: 1851, , Kenosha, WI, USA. 1

3. Census in 1860 in Dover, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. 6 The 1860 census recorded John C. Beecher, postmaster, 52, living with wife Rebecca, 50; daughter Mary, 17; and son Gustavus, 14. Everyone was born in Hessen Darmstadt (Germany). Their real estate was valued at $2,000 and personal estate $100, and oddly this is listed next to Rebecca and not John.
On the same census page is Phillip Beecher, farmer, 28, with wife Catharine, 22; Eliza, 6; Emilie, 4; and Louis, 1. The parents were born in Hessen Darmstadt and children in Wisconsin. Phillip's real estate was valued at $800.
Their post office name appears to be "Pen Yan".

4. Census in 1880 in Dover, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. 7 The 1880 census recorded John C. Beecher, notary public, 68, living with wife Rebecka, invalid, 66; and granddaughter Augusta, housekeeper, 15. John and Rebecka and their parents were born in Prussia, as well as Augusta's parents. Augusta was born in Illinois.
On the same census page is Gus Beecher, farmer, 34, living with wife Mary A.; son Edwin, 11; daughter Rozett, 9; daughter Lorette, 8; daughter Clarabell, 7; son George, 5; daughter Stella M., 4; son Frank, 2; and daughter Berl, 3 months old born in February 1880. Gus and his parents were born in Prussia. Mary and her parents were born in England. The children were born in Wisconsin.

5. Newspaper: Racine Journal: Kansasville: Mr. and Mrs. Gus Beecher of Springfield were calling on frineds in the village one day last week. They are very much pleased with their new home., 28 Nov 1894, Racine, Racine, WI. 8

6. Newspaper: Lake Geneva Herald: Springfield: Mr. and Mrs. Gus Beecher came out to attend the funeral of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Fish, Wednesday morning., 18 Jun 1897, Lake Geneva, Walworth, WI, USA. 9

7. Newspaper: Journal Times: Kansasville: Mr. Gus Beecher has bought the farm owned by Mr. John Sumpter on the county line, adjoining that of Mr. Jay Payne., 7 Sep 1898, Racine, Racine, WI. 10

8. Newspaper: Journal Times: Gus Beecher Finds Dead Body, 24 Sep 1900, Racine, Racine, WI. 11 August Klein Struck by a Gravel Train near Kansasville and Killed.
About 7:30 o'clock last Saturday evening a gravel train on the Southwestern division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, left Union Grove for the west. Shortly after the train has passed White's crossing, two miles west, the managled body of a man was found by Gus Beecher, a farmer on his way to Kansasville. He reported at Kansasville and the crew of the special passenger train bound east were notified and in turn notified the Union Grove agent of the find.

9. Newspaper: Burlington Free Press: Kansasville: After six weeks labor Cooper & Co. have completed drilling a well for Gus Beecher., 24 Dec 1902, Burlington, Racine, WI, USA. 12

10. Newspaper: Burlington Free Press: Kansasville: Mr. Gus Beecher is on the sick list. Gus Beecher and family entertained their daughter from Racine several days last week., 6 Apr 1904, Burlington, Racine, WI, USA. 13

11. Newspaper: Vernon County Censor: Warrant against Gus Beecher, 21 Oct 1908, Viroqua, Vernon, WI, USA. 14 Inspectors of the state dairy and food department are out after persons suspected ofhaving sold adulterated milk. The first warrant was issued at the instance of Assistant Dairy and Food Commission H. V. Larsen, who charges that Gus Beecher of Union Grove with selling impure milk to the Union Grove Creamery company.

12. Newspaper: Lake Geneva Herald: Gus Beecher of Kansasville was fined $25 and costs for selling adulterated milk., 30 Oct 1908, Lake Geneva, Walworth, WI, USA. 15

13. Newspaper: Journal Times: Kansasville: Mr. Gus Beecher and Mr. George Beecher had their houses painted recently which improved the appearance greatly., 4 Sep 1913, Racine, Racine, WI. 16

14. Newspaper: Journal Times: Kansasville: Ross Beecher and family of Lyons were recent visitors with Gus Beecher and wife., 7 Oct 1913, Racine, Racine, WI. 17

15. Book: Racine County Wisconsin History: Biography of Gus Beecher, 1916. 1
Farming interests of Union Grove find a worthy representative in Gus Beecher, who for sixty-five years has been a resident of this section of the state. He was born in Germany. November 27, 1849, a son of John Casper and Rebecca (Lentz) Beecher, both of whom were natives of Germany, in which country they were reared and married. On coming to the United States they settled in Kenosha County in 1851 and the father purchased forty acres of good land. To this he added from time to time until he was the owner of one hundred and twenty acres, which he cleared, developed and improved. There were still a few Indians here at the time of his arrival and the district gave little indication of white settlement, the work of progress and improvement having been scarcely begun. The death of Mr. Beecher occurred in Kenosha and was the occasion of deep and wide-spread regret. He was a member of the Lutheran church and he gave his early political allegiance to the Democratic Party, but subsequently became a stalwart republican. For two or three terms he filled the office of town clerk and for twenty-five years he occupied the position of station agent at Kansasville. He was a well educated man, alive to the interests of the community, and he furthered many movements that have been of value in upbuilding this section or the state. For some time he was a notary public and he drew up deeds and other documents. In Germany he had been a forester and it was the hope or bettering his financial condition that led him to come to the new world. He became a successful and well-to-do business man and his prosperity was the direct result of earnest and persistent effort. His life was at all times honorable and upright and he enjoyed the confidence and goodwill of all who knew him.

Gus Beecher, who is the only survivor of a family of six children, pursued his education in the district schools and early became familiar with every department of farm work, for from an early age he was trained to the work of the fields. He has always carried on general agricultural pursuits and is now the owner of one hundred and forty acres, constituting a valuable farm property of the district. He carries on general farming and dairying and both branches of his business are proving profitable because he knows how to wisely use his time and opportunities.

In 1868 Mr. Beecher was married to Miss Mary Ann Sumpter and to them have been born nine children, of whom seven are yet living: Edwin, who assists his father in the work of the home farm; Rose, the wife of Fred Blackburn, of Dover Township; Laura, the wife of Edward Stephens, proprietor of a grocery store at Eagle Grove, Iowa; George, a mail carrier of the town of Dover; Roy and Raymond, also of Dover Township; and Ross, a barber of Lyons, Wisconsin.

In politics Mr. Beecher is a republican, loyal to the interests of his party and for eighteen years he served as district clerk. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church and his life conforms to its teachings, his many admirable characteristics winning for him the respect and goodwill of those who know him.

16. Residence: in 1916 in Dover, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. 1

17. Obituary: Burlington Free Press: obituary of Gustavus Beecher on 8 Mar 1923 in Burlington, Racine, WI, USA. 3 Gustavus sp. A Beecher died suddenly on Monday at his home on a farm two and one-half miles west of Union Grove. He had resided in and around Union Grove and Kansasville since 1846. Mr. Beecher was born in Germany near the Rhine Nov. 27, 1845, and came to this country with his father when he was one year old. They settled in Brighton township, and he was educated in the district school at Kansasville. When he was 16, his father, purchased a 40 acre far for him on which he located in 1865 when he married Mary Ann Sumpter, who survives him. Eleven children were born, of whom nine survive. They are Edwin, at home; Mrs. Rose Blackburn, Burlington; Mrs. Laura Stevens, Iowa; Mrs. Belle Fish, Springfield; George, Union Grove; Roy at home; Ray, Racine; Mrs. Byrl Kutz, Kansasville, and Ross, of Lyons, also many grandchildren.

Gustave married Mary Ann Sumpter in 1868 in , Kenosha, WI, USA.1 (Mary Ann Sumpter was born on 25 Apr 1843 in , , Lincolnshire, ENG,18 died on 16 Oct 1930 in Union Grove, Racine, WI 18 and was buried in Union Grove: Union Grove Memorial Cemetery, Racine, WI, USA 18.)


1 "Racine County Wisconsin History: : Racine Belle City of the lakes and Racine County Wisconsin" (SJ Clarke Pub Co. Chicago. 1916. 1216 pgs.),

2 Find A Grave,

3 "Burlington Free Press (Burlington, WI)," Mar 8, 1923 page 7, obituary of Gustavus Beecher.

4, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500=1971, Gustav Adam Böchers, born 7 Nov 1845 baptized 23 Nov 1845, father Caspar Böchers.

5, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500=1971, Gustav Adam Böchers, baptized 23 Nov 1845, father Caspar Böchers, mother Sabrina Lentz.

6 1860 United States Census, : 18 February 2021), John C Beecher, 1860, Phillip Beecher, 1860.

7 1880 United States Census, John C. Beecher, Dover, Racine, Wisconsin also Gus Beecher

8 Racine Journal (Racine, WI), 28 Nov 1894, page 9.

9 "The Lake Geneva Herald (Lake Geneva, WI)," 18 Jun 1897, page 12.

10 The Journal Times (Racine, WI), 7 Sep 1898, page 3.

11 The Journal Times (Racine, WI), 24 Sep 1900, page 1.

12 "Burlington Free Press (Burlington, WI)," 24 Dec 1902, page 1.

13 "Burlington Free Press (Burlington, WI)," 6 Apr 1904, page 1.

14 "Vernon County Censor (Viroqua, WI)," 21 Oct 1908, page 2.

15 "The Lake Geneva Herald (Lake Geneva, WI)," 30 Oct 1908, page 1.

16 The Journal Times (Racine, WI), 4 Sep 1913, page 4.

17 The Journal Times (Racine, WI), 7 Oct 1913, page 4.

18 Find A Grave,

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