William Valentine Beecher
Julia Ann Beecher
Benjamin Fisher
Mary Elizabeth Rush
George Lincoln Beecher
Sarah Emma Fisher
Walter Vernon Beecher Sr.


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1. Gertrude Emily Moss

Walter Vernon Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

  • Born: 9 Nov 1895, Twelve Mile, Cass, IN 4 6 9 10 11 12 13
  • Marriage (1): Gertrude Emily Moss on 22 Nov 1920 in Chicago, Cook, IL 1
  • Died: 4 Oct 1974, Falls Church, Fairfax, VA at age 78 4 13 14
  • Buried: Logansport: Mount Hope Cemetery, Cass, IN 4 13

   FamilySearch ID: M7V2-DG8.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Adams Twp., Cass, IN. 15 George L Beicher*, age 37 born Sep 1862, farmer, is found in the 1900 Census in Adams Township in Cass County living with his wife, Sarah E., age 41 born Jul 1858; son Clinton E., 15 born Feb 1885; son Lyman E., 13 born Dec 1886; daughter Wreatha F., 11 born Dec 1888; and son Walter V., 4 born Nov 1895. Everyone was born in Indiana. George and Sarah's fathers were born in Pennsylvania, and their mothers in Ohio. George owned the home. George and Sarah were married 16 years, and 4 of her 5 children were alive in 1900. *While the Census index records Beicher, the handwriting on the census page might be Beecher.

2. Census in 1910 in Adams Twp., Cass, IN. 16 The 1910 census recorded George L. Bucher [sic], farmer, 47, living with wife Sarah E., 51; daughter Wreatha F., 21; and son Walter, farm laborer, 14. George and Sarah were married 26 years and she had birthed 5 children, 4 alive in 1910. Everyone was born in Indiana. George's father was born in Pennsylvania and mother in Ohio. Sarah's father was born in Virginia and mother in Indiana.

3. Occupation: farmer on 5 Jun 1917 in Twelve Mile, Cass, IN. 17

4. He was described as medium height, medium build, brown eyes, dark brown hair. Claiming exemption from draft due to rupture on 5 Jun 1917 in Twelve Mile, Cass, IN. 17

5. Census in 1920 in Adams Twp., Cass, IN. 18 The 1920 census recorded Sara Bucher [sic], widowed, farmer, 61, living with son Walter, farm laborer, 24. Both were born in Indiana.

6. Newspaper: Logansport Pharos-Tribune: "Walter Beecher who has been working in Chicago for the past few months is the guest of his mother, Mrs. Emma Beecher.", 22 May 1920, Logansport, Cass, IN. 19

7. Newspaper: Logansport Pharos-Tribune: photo of W. V. Beecher, salesman at Cass County Motor Co., 6 Apr 1921, Logansport, Cass, IN. 20

8. Residence: 2928 Broadway, Logansport, IN on 20 Nov 1921 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 10

9. Newspaper: Logansport Pharos-Tribune: "Through deals handled by Northern Realty company yesterday, Walter Beecher purchased the Charles Erbaugh home on High street, and Erbaugh in turn purchased the property at 814 Broadway, from Mrs. Martha DeHaven.", 20 Dec 1923, Logansport, Cass, IN. 21

10. Newspaper: Logansport Pharos-Tribune: Beecher vacation, 2 Oct 1924, Logansport, Cass, IN. 22 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beecher and daughter Mary Elizabeth have returned home after a motor trip to Niagara Falls. Enroute the visited Detroit, Port Huron, Mich., and Hamilton and Ontario, Canada. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Buchanan accompanied them to Detroit, Mich.

11. Occupation: auto salesman on 3 May 1927 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 9

12. Residence: 2313 High St., Logansport, IN on 3 May 1927 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 9

13. Census in 1930 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 23 The 1930 census recorded Walter B. Beecher, 34, living with wife Gertrude, 31; Mary E., 8; and Walter B. Jr., 2. Everyone was born in Indiana except Gertrude in Illinois.

14. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: funeral of Fern B. Ronk, 8 Sep 1930, Logansport, Cass, IN. 24 Walter V. Beecher, 2313 High street, and mother, Mrs. Sarah E. Beecher of Fulton, Ind., have returned from Twin Falls, Idaho, where they attended the funeral of their sister and daughter, respectively, Mrs. Fern B. Ronk, who died following a protracted illness.
Mrs. Ronk, who for three years was dean of women at Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia, was the wife of Rev. Charles W. Ronk, and was active in religious work. She was born in Cass county December 29, 1888, the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. George L. Beecher.
The husband, one daughter, three sons and a brother, Lyman Beecher of South Bend, Ind., also survive.

[Note: on 9 Sep 1930 the paper printed:] In the account of the death of Mrs. Fern B. Ronk, fomerly of Cass county, the name of Clinton Beecher, a brother residing in Bethlehem township, was unintentionally omitted form the list of survivors.

15. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: Ad: "A Splendid Farm. 80 Acres for sale on good stone road. Good location. Cheap. See Walter Beecher, 2313 High.", 6 Nov 1931, Logansport, Cass, IN. 25

16. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: Walter V. Beecher is Plymouth and Dodge Distributor, 23 Jan 1932, Logansport, Cass, IN. 26 Walter V. Beecher, well known in the automotive business here, has been appointed local distributor of Dodge and Plymouth automobiles. He has leased the large garage and sales building at 516 High street for occupancy about February 1.
At this location the agency will give sales and service on Dodge cars, Dodge trucks and Plymouth cars, together with other makes of machines. Genuine parts for these two high grade cars will also be handled.
Mr. Beecher has been associated with the distribution of these two makes of automobiles for several years.
Expert mechanics are being secured for the service department of the new agency. A cordial welcome is extended to the public to visit the new sales and service departments on and after the opening date, which will be announced soon.

17. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: Beecher Accepts Position with Lutes Motor Sales, 4 Jun 1935, Logansport, Cass, IN. 27 Walter V. Beecher has joined the sales force of Lutes Motor Sales, it was announced Tuesday by proprietor Henry Lutes. Beecher formerly was with the Zook Bros. and later held the Plymouth Dodge agency here. He has been identified in the automobile sales field in Logansport since 1920.

18. Census in 1940 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 28 The 1940 census recorded Walter V. Beecher, 44, living with wife Gertrude E., 42; Mary Elizabeth, 18; and Walter V., 13. Everyone was born in Indiana except Gertrude in Illinois.

19. Residence: 2313 High St., Logansport, IN on 24 Feb 1942 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 2 7

20. Census in 1950 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 29 The 1950 census recorded at 2313 High Street: Walter V. Beecher, clerk in material control for radio manufacturer, 54, living with wife Gertrude E., 51. He was born in Indiana and she in Illinois.

21. Residence: 2313 High St., Logansport, IN on 28 Jun 1974 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 8

22. Cause of Death: Walter died at Fairfox Hospital from cardiac arrest, arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, 4 Oct 1974, Falls Church, Fairfax, VA. 13

23. Residence: 2313 High St., Logansport, IN 46947 on 4 Oct 1974 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 13

Walter married Gertrude Emily Moss, daughter of George Helston Moss and Mary Elizabeth Hill, on 22 Nov 1920 in Chicago, Cook, IL.1 (Gertrude Emily Moss was born on 13 May 1898 in Chicago, Cook, IL,1 9 10 11 30 31 32 33 died on 17 Feb 1984 in Vincennes, Knox, IN 1 14 30 32 and was buried on 21 Feb 1984 in Logansport: Mount Hope Cemetery, Cass, IN 30 32.)


1 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 19 Feb 1984, page 2. Obituary of Gertrude E. Beecher.

2 Tombaugh, Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obits / Biogs, The Rochester Sentinel. (Tombaugh House, 700 Pontiac St, Rochester IN 46975-1538. 1993.), 1942, Page 30.

3 Jehu Z. Powell, William T Wilson, History of Cass County, Indiana (Lewis Publishing Company, 1913), Page 1074.

4 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34569711.

5 Greene County Daily World (Linton, Indiana. http://www.gcdailyworld.com/), 29 Mar 2004, obituary of Walter V. Beecher Jr.

6 FamilySearch.org, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X5XR-32K Walter Vernon Beecher, 1942.

7 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 4286. Sarah Emma Beecher. Father Benjamin Fisher. Mother Elizabeth Rush. Spouse George L. Beecher. Informant Walter Beecher.

8 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 29 Jun 1974. Obituary of L. E. Beecher.

9 Ancestry.com, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, State # 21276. Walter Vernon Beecher Jr. Father Walter Vernon Beecher. Mother Gertrude Moss.

10 Ancestry.com, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, State # 59639. Mary Elizabeth Beecher. Father Walter V. Beecher. Mother Gertrude Emily Moss.

11 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

12 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZKK-ZGK Walter V Beecher, 1917-1918; citing Cass County, Indiana, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509.

13 Ancestry.com, Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014 (Original data: Virginia, Deaths, 1912–2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.), Certificate 74-031826. Walter Vernon Beecher. Father George L. Beecher. Mother Sarah E. Fischer. Spouse Gertrude E. Beecher. Informant Sterling Gudger, son-in-law.

14 Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport, IN (http://www.rootsweb.com/~incass/mthope/MTHbedbenn.html).

15 1900 United States Census, Indiana, Cass County, Adams Township, Series: T623 Roll: 362 Page: 1.

16 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKG9-G9C George L Bucher, Adams, Cass, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 8B, family 207, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374354.

17 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZKK-ZGK Walter V Beecher b. 9 Nov 1895 Twelve Mile IN.

18 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Adams, Cass, Indiana; Roll: T625_425; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 593.

19 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 22 May 1920, page 11.

20 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 6 Apr 1921, page 5. Photo of W. V. Beecher.

21 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 20 Dec 1923, page 5.

22 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 2 Oct 1924, page 8.

23 1930 United States Census, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8591909.

24 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 8 Sep 1930, page 2.

25 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 6 Nov 1931, page 11.

26 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 23 Jan 1932, page 3.

27 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 4 Jun 1935, page 2.

28 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V1RH-P94 Mary Elizabeth Beecher in household of Walter V Beecher, Ward 5, Logansport, Eel Township, Cass, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 9-22, sheet 7A, family 156.

29 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XLN-GQBD Walter V Beecher Logansport IN.

30 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34569710.

31 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSQB-JWB George Moss, Precinct 5 Lake Township Chicago city Ward 31, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 10A, family 186, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240284.

32 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 84-004927. Gertrude E. Beecher. Father George H. Moss. Mother Mary Elizabeth Hill. Informant Walver V. Beecher Jr., son.

33 FamilySearch.org, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1871-1949, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23S-9Z6P Gertrude Emily Moss, 13 May 1898; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 25502, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.

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