Mathala Smith
Louda Ora Beeker


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1. Alice E. Benton

2. Tessie Fox

Louda Ora Beeker 1 2 3

  • Born: 7 Mar 1869, Saint Louis Crossing, Bartholomew, IN, USA 1
  • Marriage (1): Alice E. Benton
  • Marriage (2): Tessie Fox
  • Died: 26 Mar 1948, Washington, Daviess, IN, USA at age 79 1 3 4
  • Buried: 29 Mar 1948, Hope: Moravian Cemetery, Bartholomew, IN, USA 1 3 4

   FamilySearch ID: G381-FS3.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Columbus Republic: "Notice: My wife, Alice Beeker, having left me without a just cause, I desire to inform the public that I will no longer stand responsible for any debt she may contract. Londa Beeker. St. Louis Crossing, Ind., May 26, 1890", 26 May 1890, Columbus, Bartholomew, IN. 5

2. Census in 1900 in Flat Rock Township, Bartholomew, IN, USA. 6 The 1900 census recorded Landa Beeker, no age listed, single male, with his daughter, Florance, 9, Nov 1890. Landa's birthplace and occupation are not filled in.

Below on the same census page is Landa's father, Frederick Beeker, farmer, 55, born Aug 1844, living with wife Margaret J., 44, Nov 1855; daughter Mary, 17, Feb 1883, single; and daughter Annie, 14, Aug 1885, single. The couple was married for 15 years and Margaret had birthed only 1 child [note: other records identify Annie as her daughter.] Frederick, his parents, and Margaret's parents were born in Germany. Margaret and the children were born in Indiana. Mary's mother was born in Germany and Annie's mother in Indiana. Their father was born in Germany. Frederick had immigrated in 1865 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

3. Residence: on 16 Jul 1926 in , Daviess, IN. 2

4. Newspaper: Edinburg Daily Courier: Claims He Is Heir To Part Of Beeker Estate, 10 Oct 1935, Edinburgh, Johnson, IN, USA. 7 CLAIMS HE IS HEIR TO PART OF BEEKER ESTATE
COLUMBUS, Indiana Oct. 3 - An unusual action was filed in the Bartholomew circuit court today involving the $32,696 estate of the late Frederick Beeker, prominent Flatrock township farmer and land owner.
The action brought by Louda Beeker, 66-year old resident near Washington, Ind., is in the form of a petition to establish his heirship in the Beeker estate.
The petitioner claims that he is an heir and should be entitled to one-fifth interest in the estate.
The Daviess county main alleges in the complaint prepared by C. E. Custer, local attorney, that he was the illegitimate son of Mathala Smith at the time she was married to the late Mr. Beeker. The petitioner sets out that the deceased Mr. Beeker treated him as his own son, kept him and educated him and gave him the name of Beeker. At the time of the death of his mother, Mathala Smith Beeker, the petitioner avers, he was 14 years old, and Mr. Beeker continued to care for him the same as he did the four children born and the mother of the petitioner.
The petitioner also asks that the final settlement of the estate be withheld until action is taken on the petition to establish his heirship. The First National bank of this city is administrator of the estate.
Louda Beeker also filed in court today an action against Anna Dinkins, Edith Beeker, Gladys, David, Louis, Glen and Sara Elizabeth Beeker to quiet title to the Beeker real estate valued at approximately $20,000 for partition.

5. Cause of Death: cerebral hemorrhage, 26 Mar 1948, Washington, Daviess, IN, USA. 1

6. Residence: 814 E. Main St., Washington, IN on 26 Mar 1948 in Washington, Daviess, IN, USA. 1

7. Obituary: Columbus Republic: Louda Beeker Taken By Death on 27 Mar 1948 in Columbus, Bartholomew, IN. 4 LOUDA BEEKER TAKEN BY DEATH.
Former Resident of Near St. Louis Crossing Dies At Washington, Ind.
Louda Beeker, 79, former resident of near St. Louis crossing, died at about 2 o'clock Friday morning at his home in Washington, according to word received by relatives here. He had been in declining health for the past 10 years after his eyesight became impaired.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon at Washington and the body will arrive here about 4:30 o'clock the same afternoon for burial at Hope Moravian cemetery. Short services are being planned at the grave with the casket being opened.

Mr. Beeker was born March 7, 1869 near St. Louis Crossing and had been engaged in farming until his health failed. He lived around St. Louis Crossing some 40 years before locating in Washington.

He was first married to Alice Benton and later to Tessie Fox, of Hope. Both are among survivors.

Mr. Beeker was a member of the old Hawpatch Christian church at Hope, no longer in existence.

Survivors include a daughter by the first marriage, Mrs. Florence Hart, of Indianapolis, a son and daughter by the second marriage, Ora Beeker and Mrs. Edna Dougherty, both of Washington; a step-sister, Mrs. Anna Dinkens, of Hope; a half-brother, Lew Beeker of Indianapolis; ten grandchildren and a number of nieces and newphews.

Louda married Alice E. Benton. (Alice E. Benton was born on 1 Sep 1874 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN,8 died on 23 Dec 1950 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN 8 and was buried in Hope: Moravian Cemetery, Bartholomew, IN, USA 8.)

Louda next married Tessie Fox. (Tessie Fox was born in Hope, Bartholomew, IN, USA.)


1, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate CH12-63 7331 Louda Beeker divorced. Father Frederick Beeker born Germany. Mother __ Schaefer born Indiana. Informant Mrs. Edna Doughtery.

2 Columbus Republic (Columbus, IN), 16 Jul 1926, page 4. Obituary of Mary Beeker Zurbrugg.

3 Find A Grave,

4 Columbus Republic (Columbus, IN), 27 Mar 1948, page 3. Louda Beeker Taken By Death.

5 Columbus Republic (Columbus, IN), 26 May 1890, page 4.

6 1900 United States Census, Landa Beeker, Flatrock Township Clifford town, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10, sheet 10A, family 198.

7 Edinburg Daily Courier (Edinburgh, Johnson, Indiana), 10 Oct 1935, page 1. Claims He Is Heir To Part Of Beeker Estate.

8 Find A Grave,

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