John L. Beeker
Dora Hendrickson
Wayburn John Coopman
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Manford Earnest Beeker
Dena Coopman
Martha Ann Beeker


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1. John Kerkhoff Mugg

Martha Ann Beeker 3

  • Born: 2 Oct 1919, Brookston, White, IN, USA 2 3
  • Marriage (1): John Kerkhoff Mugg on 10 May 1941 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 1 2
  • Died: 10 Mar 2009, Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA at age 89 2 3
  • Buried: 12 Mar 2009, Bluffton: Six Mile Cemetery, Wells, IN, USA 3

   FamilySearch ID: LL42-NFF.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Prairie Township, White, IN, USA. 4 The 1920 census recorded Manford E. Beeker, farmer, 20, living with wife Dena, 21, and daughter Martha A., 3 months old when the census was recorded on 9 Feb 1920. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana except Dena's parents in Holland.

2. Census in 1930 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 5 The 1930 census recorded owning a $2000 home: Manford E. Beeker, mechanic in own garage, 31, living with wife Dena S., 31; and daughters Martha A., 10, and Doris M., 9. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana except Dena's parents in Holland.

3. Census in 1940 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 6 The 1940 census recorded owning an $1800 home on State Road 43: Manford E. Beeker, diesel operator for city light company, 41, living with wife Dena, 41; and daughters Martha, clerk for retail clothing store, 20, and Maxine, bookkeeper for poultry & cream company, 19. All were born in Indiana.

4. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: Martha Beeker Saturday Bride, 10 May 1941, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 7 Martha Beeker Saturday Bride
A wedding of beautiful simplicity was solemnized at St. Boniface church Saturday morning at 8 o'clock, when Miss Martha Beeker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manford Beeker, of Brookston, became the bride of John K. Mugg of Lafayette. Rev. Fridlon Schuster, O. F. M., read the ceremony before an altar adorned with ferns, white lilacs and lighted tapers. The children's choir sang. The bride was attractive in ivory slipper satin, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt tapering to a slight train. Her fingertip veil of tulle and lace fell from a tiara of orange blossoms and lilies of the valley. She carried a single cala lily in a pearl prayer book, from which fell a shower of white rose buds on white satin ribbon. Her only jewelry was a strand of pearls, a gift of the bridegroom. Miss Maxine Beeker, who served her sister as maid of honor, wore blue net and lace over taffeta, and Mrs. Ernest Wisley, bridesmaid, wore pink net and lace over taffeta. Both attendants wore matching shoulder length veils which fell from tiaras of rose buds. They carried roses and wore strands of pearls, a gift of the bride. Joe Mugg served his brother as best man. Ushers were Clyde Fiscus of Mitchill, and Arthur Hege. Breakfast was served at The Embassy. Roses and lighted tapers adorned the table. Immediately after the breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Mugg departed on a wedding trip through the south. The bride is a graduate of Brookston high school and attended Lafayette Business college. She is employed by the J. C, Penney company and is a member of Psi Iota XI sorority, at Brookston. The groom is a graduate of Battle Ground high school and Purdue university. He is vocational agriculture teacher at Lancaster Central high school, Bluffton.

5. Census in 1950 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 8 The 1950 census recorded John K. Mugg, high school agriculture teacher, 32, living with wife Martha A., 30; and daughters Rebecca J., 7, and Judith A., 2. Everyone was born in Indiana.

6. Residence: on 11 Feb 1952 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 9

7. Newspaper: Monticello Herald-Journal: Mr. and Mrs. John Mugg of Bluffton are parents of a son, born at Bluffton Hospital Sunday. Mrs. Manford Beeker is spending a few days in the Mugg home. The mother was formerly Martha Beeker., 16 Feb 1952, Monticello, White, IN. 9

8. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: 50th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. John Mugg, 28 Apr 1991, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 10 (photo) Mr. and Mrs. John Mugg of 1988 S. County Road 300 E., Bluffton, formerly of Battle Ground, will be honored at an open house in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friends and relatives are invited to the Bi-County Services Building, 425 E. Harrison Road, Bluffton, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 5. Mr. Mugg of Battle Ground and the former Martha Beeker of Brookston were married May 10, 1941 in St. Boniface Catholic Church. Mr. Mugg retired from teaching having taught at Lancaster and Nor-Well for 40 years before retiring. He is currently employed by J.C. Penney Co. Mrs. Mugg worked 25 years for Doctors Panos, Scott and Van Winkle. She also is retired. The couple has three children, Mrs. Ted (Becky) Nemger of Glendale, Ariz., Judy Mugg of Warsaw and Steven Mugg of Monroe. They also have three grandchildren. They request gifts be omitted.

9. Residence: on 25 Sep 1999 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 1

10. Residence: 1262 Lakeview Ct, Bluffton, IN on 10 Mar 2009 in Bluffton, Wells, IN, USA. 3

11. Obituary: Journal and Courier: obituary of Martha A. Mugg on 12 Mar 2009 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 2 Martha A. Mugg, 89, of Bluffton, died at 10:04 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 2, 1919, in Brookston, she was the daughter of the late Manford and Dena Coopman Beeker. On May 10, 1941, she married John K. Mugg in Lafayette, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1999. Mrs. Mugg was a receptionist for Drs. Panos/Meade/Hamilton for 10 years, and for Drs. Scott VanWinkle for 25 years. She was a Wells County resident since 1941. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was active in Bible study group and Altar Sodality. She was also a member of Psi Iota Xi sorority and Busy Bees, formerly Progressive Home Ec Club, and volunteered for Bargain Hut and Christian Care. Surviving are two daughters, Judy Mugg of Warsaw and Becky Shady of Glendale, Ariz.; a son, Steve Mugg (wife: Rita) of Monroe; and a sister, Maxine Frey of Lafayette. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2009, at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, with Prayer Vigil 4:30 p.m. Friday. Friends may call 1 hour prior to Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bluffton, Fr. Dale Bauman officiating. Interment at Six Mile Cemetery.

Martha married John Kerkhoff Mugg, son of John Peter Mugg and Gertrude Kerkhoff, on 10 May 1941 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA.1 2 (John Kerkhoff Mugg was born on 3 Sep 1917 in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN,1 11 died on 25 Sep 1999 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 1 11 and was buried on 29 Sep 1999 in Bluffton: Six Mile Cemetery, Wells, IN, USA 11.)


1 Bluffton News-Banner, 27 Sep 1999, obituary of John K. Mugg.

2 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 12 Mar 2009, page 16. Obituary of Martha A. Mugg.

3, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 034095 Martha Ann Mugg father Manford Beeker, mother Dena Coopman informant Steven Mugg son.

4 1920 United States Census, Manford E Becker, 1920.

5 1930 United States Census, Manford E Beeker, Brookston, White, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 11, sheet 1B, line 91, family 33.

6 1940 United States Census, Manford E Beeker Brookston IN.

7 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 10 May 1941, page 5. Martha Beeker Bride.

8 "1950 United States Census," John K Mugg Bluffton IN.

9 "Monticello Herald-Journal (Monticello, IN)," 16 Feb 1952, page 4.

10 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 28 Apr 1991, page 28 50th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. John Mugg.

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