|John Henry Beacher
His tombstone is in Lot 38 Sec K
Noted events in his life were:
1. Residence: in 1924 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.
2. His Social Security Number was 179-18-6980.
3. He appeared on the census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 12 The 1930 Census in Allentown recorded owning a $15,000 home at 224 South 16th St.: Benjamin F. Beacher, mechanical engineer, 53, living with his wife, Bertha P., 45; daughter Ruth E., 24, occupation piano teacher; and sons B. Donald, 16; John H., 13; Bruce F., 10;, and Robert L., 5. Their home had a radio. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.
4. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call, 25 Oct 1930, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13 L. E. Hertz, local jeweler, presented scout campers John Beacher, Troop 10, and Edward Horn, Troop 9, with two dandy wristwatches. These Scouts earned their gifts by living up to Scout principles so that they were recognized as the Scout who did the most for the Trexler Scout Camps.
5. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Scout Program Broadcast by Troop 10, 21 Feb 1931, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 14 Radio listeners who tuned Into Station WCBA Thursday night heard an interesting Boy Scout program presented by the members of Troop 10, which meets regularly at the Asbury M. E. church. The program opened with the assembly bugle call by Troop Bugler John Beacher, after which Donald Beacher, senior patrol leader, led In the pledge of allegiance. Frederick Everett and John Beacher then recited the Scout laws and William Ruch favored with a violin solo. A quartet composed of Committeemen John Eddy, Lester Bally, Claude Horlacher and Edgar, then sang several numbers and they were accompanied at the piano by Ralph Ruch. Donald Beacher then offered a trombone solo and Robert Keck played a piano solo. A talk entitled, "Taking the Boys Measure In a Popular Way," was then given by Edgar Weaver, a member of the troop commute. In his address Mr. Weaver explained the work being done for the youth of Allentown by the Boy Scout organization. The sounding of taps by Bugler Beacher brought the program to a close. The scoutmaster of Troop 10 Is Fred Erwin. Assistant scoutmasters of the troop are Adraln Hoffman, Wilbur Hemstreet and George Hemstreet.
6. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Annual Recital Tonight - At Grace E. C. Church, 26 May 1931, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 15 The Woman's Faithful Bible class of Grace E. C. church will present the expression pupils of Mrs. Miriam Heimbach Kehler in their fifth annual recital tonight at 8 o'clock. The program, an Interesting and varied one, will be given in the social rooms of the church at Fifteenth and Turner streets. Assisting artists will be Dorothy Bastian, violinist, a junior at Cedar Crest College; J. Marcus Keenly, tenor soloist of Salem Reformed chancel choir; Donald and John Beacher, of Grace E. C. church, trumpeters. The program includes the following numbers: Violin solo. Miss Bastian; "The Raggedy Man," James Whitcomb Reily, Lucille Buck; "Teaching Them How to Drive," Dorothy Hollenbach; "A Song of Thanksgiving," A. Allister, Mr. Keenly; "A Man at the Baseball Game," Walter Ben Hare, Betty Levenson. Three poems of Edgar Guest, "Dr. Johnson's Picture Cow," "When Father Played Baseball" and "Mrs. Malone and the Censor," Barbara Ellen Bastian; trumpet duet, Beacher brothers; "Helping Father in a Business Deal," Betty Snyder; "The Human Tonic," Walter Ben Hare, Mildred Deibert, Jean Stephens will give four numbers, "Circumstances Alter Cases," D. L. Dunbar; "De' Weddin' Breakfast," Marian Johnson; "Da Leetla Boy," T. A. Daly, and "The Americans Come," Fay Foster; violin solo, Miss Bastian; "The Story of Patsy," Mildred Deibert; "The Hills of Home," Fox, Mr. Keenly. "Buddy Speaks a Piece," Walter Ben Hare, Betty Levenson; trumpet duet, Beacher brothers; one act play interpreted Dr. Jean Stephens and Betty Snyder. The society invites everyone to enjoy the program with them. A silver offering will be taken.
7. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Beacher Family Entertains, on 30 Jan 1932, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 16 16 The Men's Bible class of Grace E. C. church, Fifteenth and Turner streets. Rev. H. E. M. Snyder, pastor, sponsored an unusual supper party and program in the social rooms of the church last evening. It was called a "Family Night" and was attended by almost 100 persons, members of the class with their wives. So successful was the affair that it will be a regular event at intervals throughout the year. John I. Baker, president of the class, was a capable toastmaster during the dinner program, which featured two addresses by William Thomas and Rev. D. G. Reinhold. Mrs. H. C. Pottelger entertained with vocal solos. Following the dinner, there was an entertainment program staged by the Beacher family, which includes: Mr. and Mrs. B. Beacher, Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn and Donald, John, Bruce and Bobby Beacher. The group formed an orchestra and offered instrumental numbers; there were also a number of songs, piano duets and solos, etc. The program concluded with a demonstration of various types of Indian war dances, performed by the Beacher boys in costume.
8. He was educated at William Allen High School in 1934 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.
9. Newspaper: Morning Call: V C. E. Society Discusses Program of Denomination, 28 Jan 1935, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 17 V C. E. SOCIETY DISCUSSES PROGRAM OF DENOMINATION
10. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: A. H. S. Grads Attain High College Averages, 26 Feb 1936, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 18 A. H. S. Grads Attain High College Averages
11. Newspaper: Morning Call: National Scout Honor Fraternity Started at Camp Blue Mountain, 27 Aug 1938, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 19 Camp Blue Mountain, official scout camp of the Schuylkill council, again scored in regular form with the installation of a new program for senior scouts who attended camp this summer. This program is a national honor fraternity of outstanding campers known as the Order of the Arrow. In order to become a member of this fraternity a scout must have the friendship of the camp as a whole and to be in good standing with his troop. At the invitation of Don Rankin, scout executive of the Schuylkill council, a group of senior scouts of Allentown, members of the Lehigh Council lodge of the order of the arrow, held a most impressive initiation ceremony. The investing team consisted of Henry M. Faucett, scout executive of the Lehigh council; Mitchell P. Stohl Jr., Wilmer H. Cressman, John H. Beacher, William Bartholomew, and Frederick B. Schneck, Allentown, and Robert Goodman and Frederick J. Spoo of the Schuylkill council. Camp Blue Mountain will close to-day after a successful seven-week camping season during which time more than 800 boys were enrolled.
12. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call, 14 Jun 1938, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 20 Good times are just around the corner for Camp Trexler, the Lehigh county Boy Scout councils summer fun spot. Reservations to date for the camp, which opens its 1938 season July 9, are ahead of last year's and indications are that the camp will be well-filled during every period. In preparation for the numerous khaki-clad youths who will soon be cavorting at the camp site, a number of improvements in buildings and grounds have been made and the camp staff of 30 experienced leaders have been named by Scout Executive H. M. Faucett. With a month remaining before the camp's six one-week periods, 556 boy-weeks have been reserved for approximately 500 scouts. Capacity is about 960 boy-weeks since the camp can accommodate 160 boys per week. Improvements were made at the site this spring. They include: twenty new tent floors, so that all tents now have wood floors; a large new latrine and washhouse; 450 feet of drainage pipe for the disposal of kitchen waste: reinforcement of seven cabins at Hawkeye, repairs to swimming pier and boat landing, two new wooden boats and general repairs. The camp staff will be composed of veteran campers, many of them troop leaders and college students, who have been chosen with considerable care on a competitive basis. Mr. Faucett will be the executive officer at the camp and Field Commissioner Karl Gilbert the camp director. Provisional camp leader is Frederick Schneck, assistant commissioner of the Central City district, who will be in charge of scouts not accompanied by their scoutmasters. Camp naturalist and head of the Scout craft instructors will be John Beacher, senior biology student at Pennsylvania State college and a leader at the camp in past years. He is also assistant scoutmaster of Troop No. 40.
13. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Staff at Camp Trexler Has Rattlesnake Dinner, 28 Aug 1938, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 21 Staff at Camp Trexler Has Rattlesnake Dinner
14. He was educated at Graduated from Penn State University in Jun 1939 in State College, Centre, PA.
15. Newspaper: Morning Call: Two Brothers Among 9 Localites Graduated From Penn State College, 13 Jun 1939, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 22 A group of nine Allentonians, including two brothers, Bruce P. and John H. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St., yesterday received degrees as Pennsylvania State college graduated its largest class in history. John received his degree in zoology and entomology, and it is reported he has been hired by the National Geographic society to join a research expedition to Africa. John is aged 23, while Bruce is only 20, one of the youngest students in the class. He received his degree in agronomy. Both are A.H.S. graduates. Others from Allentown who received their degrees were: Kenneth H. Bunk, 239 E. Elm St., health and physical education; Frank E. Davis, Route 4, dairy husbandry; Robert S. Givler Jr., 1744 Chew St., journalism; Wilmer K. Rockmaker, 122 S. 16th St., commerce and finance; Morton Schneider, 313 N. 6th St.. commerce and finance; William N. Wrem, 1121 Linden St., commerce and finance, and Kermit F. R. Riedy, 866 Sherman St., a graduate student, advanced degree of electrical engineering.
16. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: "John Beacher, of Allentown, who was graduated this week from Penn State college, has joined the staff of scientists at the Arendtsville State college research laboratory. Mr. Beacher is engaged in entymological research.", 16 Jun 1939, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 23
17. He appeared on the census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 24 The 1940 Census recorded at 224 16th Street in Allentown Benjamin F. Beacher, 62, living with wife Bertha P., 54; and sons John H., 23; Bruce F., 20; and Robert L., 15. Benjamin owned the home valued at $10,000. Benjamin had completed 4 years of high school, his wife and Robert 2 years. John and Bruce had completed 4 years of college. Benjamin was employed as a utility man in an office. Bruce was a soil technician with the Department of the Interior.
18. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: "John Beecher, West York street, has returned from a week-end visit at his home in Allentown.", 16 Sep 1940, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 25
19. Occupation: Dr. H. N. Worthley, Research Laboratory, Arendtsville, PA on 16 Oct 1940 in Arendtsville, Adams, PA. 4
20. He was described as 5'7" 140lbs. Brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion on 16 Oct 1940 in Arendtsville, Adams, PA. 4
21. Residence: Dept. Of Zoology & Entomology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH on 16 Oct 1940 in Columbus, Franklin, OH. 4
22. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times, 9 Nov 1940, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 26 "John Beecher, West York street, who is a member of the staff of the Pennsylvania State College research laboratory at Arendtsville, has entered Ohio State university at Columbus where he will study until March when he will resume his work at the laboratory."
23. Book: John H. Beacher is listed as the author of the following patents, books and publications., From 1941 to 1955.
24. Occupation: Entomologist at Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station at University of Delaware from 1941 to 1948 in Newark, New Castle, DE. 3
25. Letter: John was an entomologist, earning his bachelors degree from Penn State and masters from Ohio State. Following is his letter to his parents about his job after graduation, 2 Apr 1941, Newark, New Castle, DE.
26. Newspaper: Morning Call: "Included in the summer graduation class of 682 at Ohio State university was John H. Beacher, 226 S. 16Th St. He was graduated with the degree of master of science.", 3 Sep 1941, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 27
27. He was educated at Master Degree from Ohio State University in 1942 in Columbus, Franklin, OH.
28. Magazine: Mosquito News mentions J. H. Beecher is stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia., 1942, Fort Lee, Prince George, Viginia, USA. 28 Five members of the Department of Entomology of the University of Delaware are now in the Service of Our Country and are engaged in mosquito and other insect-control activities. At present, Lt. Donald MacCreary is in the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia; Lt. W.Fassig is at the Billings General Hospital, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Lt. R. L. Pierpont is at the Tilton General Hospital, Fort Dix, New Jersey; W. A. Donnell is with the Medical Detachment, 176th Infantry, Anacostia, D. C.; and J. H. Beacher is with the 6th Medical Training Battalion, Camp Lee, Virginia.
29. Military from 3 Feb 1942 to 13 Dec 1945 in , , , IND: World War II. 29 John was an entomologist with experience battling malaria caused by mosquitoes while working in Delaware prior to the war. The army thereby dispatched John to fight malaria that was killing troops in Asia.
30. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: engagement of Isabel Martha Bury and John Henry Beacher, on 29 Sep 1942, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6 6 ISABEL M. BURY
31. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Isabel M. Bury Weds Sergeant J. H. Beacher, on 29 Nov 1942, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 30 30 Isabel M. Bury Weds Sergeant J. H. Beacher
32. Newspaper: Morning Call: Marriage Applications: John H. Beacher and Isabel M. Bury, 29 Nov 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 31 John H. Beacher, 224 S. I6th St., sergeant, U. S. Army, son of Benjamin and Bertha Beacher, and Isabel M. Bury, 26 N. West St., teacher, daughter of Frank H. and Katie I. Bury.
33. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call, 19 Aug 1945, Page 3. 32 Lieutenant and Mrs. R. L. Beacher of Panama City, Fla., are visiting Lieutenant Beacher's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher, of 224 S. 16th St. Lieutenant and Mrs. John Beacher will leave today for Tampa, Fla., where Lieutenant John is stationed at the Malaria Control Center.
34. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: "First Lieutenant John H. Beacher, son of Mr. And Mrs. Benjamin F. Beacher, of 224 S. 16Th St., was released from duty with the Army Air Force at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla.", 21 Oct 1945, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 33
35. Newspaper: Morning Call: John H. Beacher Accepts Delaware University Post, 17 Nov 1945, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 34 John H. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St., recently discharged from the Army, has accepted a position with the Agricultural Experiment station of the University of Delaware's Department of Entomology, Newark, Del. Prior to his Army service, he had been an economic entomologist for the State of Delaware. Married to the former Isabel Bury of 26 N. West St., he is a graduate of Allentown High school and Pennsylvania State college and holds an MS degree in entomology from Ohio State.
36. Newspaper: Morning Call: David Beacher born, 30 Jan 1946, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 35 Mr. and Mrs. John Beacher of 54 E. Main St., Newark. Del., became the parents of their first child, a son, born at 11 p. m. Sunday in the Woman's General hospital, Wilmington, Del. Grandparents of the boy, who weighs five pounds, seven ounces, and will be named David, are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St., and Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St.
37. Occupation: Aerosol Engineer in 1948 in , , NJ. During World War II, John's experience as an entomologist was put to use by the Army, who sent him to Asia to help control malaria outbreaks that were threatening troops. When the Army in 1943 began using aerosol cans to distribute insecticides to troops, John learned the new technology of using aerosol cans to package insect sprays, and following the war, went to work for a division of Allied Chemical as an aerosol engineer in the emerging aerosol industry. On August 16, 1956, he was hired by Avon to create their spray products and worked there as an aerosol engineer until retirement. He was given an award for never missing a sick day at work for 20 years!
38. Newspaper: Morning Call: The John H. Beachers Have Second Son, on 25 Feb 1949, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 36 36 The John Henry Beachers Parents of Son
39. Residence: 28 Lerome Place, West Engelwood, NJ on 23 Dec 1949 in West Englewood, Bergen, NJ, United States. 8
40. Newspaper: Morning Call: At Birthday Party, on 16 Jun 1950, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 37 37 Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn entertained at a turkey dinner Saturday night at her home, 1024 Chew St., in honor of her mother, Mrs. Bertha P. Beacher, 1935 Greenleaf St., and her uncle, W. H. Snyder, 1233 Walnut St., who observed their 65th birthday anniversaries last Sunday. They are the twin children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Snyder of Frackville.
41. Newspaper: Morning Call: John Beachers Parents of Daughter, 22 Feb 1953, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 38 Mr. and Mrs. John Beacher of Teaneck, N. J. are the parents of a daughter, Martha Isabel, born at the Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck. The Beachers are also the parents of two sons, David Randall and Jonathan Scott. Mrs. Beacher is the former Isabel Bury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St. Mrs. Bertha B. Beacher of 1935 Greenleaf St., is the paternal grandmother.
42. Obituary: Allentown Morning Call on 27 Feb 1985 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. John H. Beacher, 68, of 106 McEwen Drive, Niceville, Fla., formerly of Allentown, died Feb. 11 in Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville. He was the husband of Isabel (Bury) Beacher.
43. Residence: on 10 Aug 1972 in Oradell, Bergen, NJ. 7
44. Cause of Death: 11 Feb 1985, Niceville: Twin Cities Hospital, Okaloosa, FL. Cardiac arrest due to pericardial effusion due to metastatic carcinoma, pericardium. Other conditions: adrenocarcinoma, stomach.
John married Isabel Martha Bury, daughter of Frank Henry Bury and Katie Isabelle Knerr, on 29 Nov 1942 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 (Isabel Martha Bury was born on 29 Sep 1919 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA,9 died on 16 May 2014 in Snellville, Gwinnett, GA and was buried in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA.)
1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFWQ-QBF John Henry Beacher and Isabel M. Bury, 1942.
2 U.S. Social Security Death Index.
3 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).
4 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), John Henry Beacher, b. 13 Oct 1916.
5 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 28 Sep 1941, page 21. Marriage Bruce Franklin Beecher and Betty Strayer.
6 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Sep 1942, page 23. Engagement Martha Isabel Bury and John Henry Beecher.
7 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 11 Aug 1972, page 15. Obituary of Mrs. Katie I. Bury.
8 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (www.republicanherald.com), 24 Dec 1949, page 1. Obituary of Benjamin F. Beacher.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Birth Certificate (http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=168&Q=229939
Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
10 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 179-18-6980.
11 1930 United States Census, Enumeration District 37-38 Visit 430 Sheet 17A.
12 Zitkus, Mae Beacher (15 May 1978 Letter to Bruce Beacher).
13 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 25 Oct 1930, page 15.
14 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Feb 1931, page 2.
15 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 26 May 1931, page 5.
16 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jan 1932, page 7.
17 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 28 Jan 1935, page 13.
18 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 26 Feb 1936, page 5.
19 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 27 Aug 1938, page 5.
20 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 14 Jun 1938, page 17.
21 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 28 Aug 1938, page 3.
22 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 13 Jun 1939, page 15.
23 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA), 16 Jun 1939, page 2.
24 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQDF-TMJ Benjamin F Beacher, Ward 13, Allentown, Allentown City, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-56, sheet 9B, family 195.
25 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA), 16 Sep 1940, page 2.
26 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA), 9 Nov 1940, page 2.
27 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 3 Sep 1941, page 7.
28 Mosquito News (The American Mosquito Control Association. Mount Laurel, New Jersey.), 1942, Issue 2. Page 47.
29 (Army Discharge Certificates).
30 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Nov 1942, page 17. Marriage of Isabel M. Bury and John Henry Beacher.
31 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 29 Nov 1942, page 16.
32 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 19 Aug 1945, page 3.
33 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Oct 1945, page 10.
34 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 17 Nov 1945, page 2.
35 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jan 1946, page 6.
36 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 25 Feb 1949, page 24.
37 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 16 Jun 1950, page 28.
38 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 22 Feb 1953, page 47.