Phillip Beecher
Maria M. Fleuger
Ephraim Stambaugh
Catherine Matilda Kessler
Edward F. Beecher
Lovie Alice Stambaugh
Erma Estella Beecher


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1. Sherman Allen Ruth

Erma Estella Beecher 3

  • Born: 23 Apr 1891, Spring Grove, York, PA 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Sherman Allen Ruth on 15 Nov 1913 in Spring Grove, York, PA 1 2
  • Died: 21 Jun 1975, York, York, PA at age 84 3 4
  • Buried: 25 Jun 1975, York.: Mount Rose Cemetery, York, PA 3 4

   Other names for Erma were Estella Erma Beecher 1 4 5 and Stella Beecher.6

   FamilySearch ID: KC1N-TYV.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Jackson Twp., York, PA. 7 The 1900 census recorded Edward F. Beecher, paper mill finisher, 35, born Sep 1864, living with wife of 12 years, Lovina A., 32, Dec 1868; Alvertie M., 11, Aug 1889; Orma E., 9, Apr 1891; Clara M., 7, Jan 1893; Edna R., 6, Aug 1894; Mary V., 4, Mar 1896; and Alice R., 2, Aug 1898. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Newspaper: Evening Sun: "Miss Estella Beecher, Jackson township, and Sherman Ruth, near York, were married November 15 in the Lutheran parsonage, Spring Grove, by the REv. M. L. Clare.", 16 Nov 1913, Hanover, York, PA. 8

3. Census in 1920 in Jackson Twp., York, PA. 9 The 1920 census recorded Sherman A. Ruth, carpenter, 28, living with wife Estella E. Ruth, 28; daughter Grace A., 4 years 11 months, and son Edward W., 2 years 10 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

4. Census in 1940 in West Manchester Twp., York, PA. 10 The 1940 census recorded owning a $5,500 home on Lincoln Highway: Sherman Ruth, carpenter, 49, living with wife Stella, 49; Grace, sewing in shirt factory, 25; and Edward, 23. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same house in 1935.

5. Newspaper: Harrisburg Evening News: Beecher Renuion, 26 Aug 1948, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 11 Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Pechart and children, and Edward Beecher, all of Harrisburg, attended the annual Beecher reunion Sunday at Young's Woods, Hanover.
Officers elected were Edward Beecher, York, president; Mrs. Esther Stetter, Hanover, secretary, and Clarence Berkheimer, York, treasurer.
Other attending the reunion included: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rodabaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Beecher and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Pechart and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Wagner and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Kraft, Mr. and Mrs. George Kraft and son, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ruth and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Berkheimer and children, Mr. and Mrs. John Gable, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Kopp, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beecher, Mr. and Mrs. James Frigm, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Myers, Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hoffman and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Stetter and children.

6. Residence: on 14 Jan 1954 in York, York, PA. 12

7. Residence: 3166 W. Market St., York, PA on 20 Jun 1972 in York, York, PA. 13

8. Obituary: Evening Sun: obituary of Mrs. Sherman A. Ruth on 23 Jun 1975 in Hanover, York, PA. 3 E. Estella Ruth, 84, York, born and reared in Spring Grove, died Saturday evening at the York Hospital. She was the wife of Sherman A. Ruth and was a daughter of the late Edward and Lovinra [sic] Stambaugh Beecher. Mrs. Ruth was a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Spring Grove. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Grace Myers, Plymouth Meeting; a son, Edward W. Ruth, York RD 8; two grandchildren; four great -grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. George Hoffman, Hanover; Mrs. Esther Berkheimer and Mrs. Marie Boyer, both of York. the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Etzweiler funeral home, York, with the Rev. William C. Sowers, and Rev. Robert K. Shaull officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Rose Cemetery, York. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Erma married Sherman Allen Ruth, son of William Ruth and Mary Ann Martin, on 15 Nov 1913 in Spring Grove, York, PA.1 2 (Sherman Allen Ruth was born on 6 Jan 1891 in , York, PA 1 14, christened on 12 Apr 1891 in York: St. Paul's (Wolf's) Church, York, PA, died on 27 Jan 1978 in , York, PA 1 14 and was buried in York.: Mount Rose Cemetery, York, PA 1 14.)


1, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, Sherman A. Ruth and Estella E. Beecher, 1913.

2, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 2905. Estella Tucker. Father George R. Beecher. Mother Annie Hughes. Spouse Wallace Tucker.

3 The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) (Hanover, York, Pennsylvania.), 23 Jun 1975, page 6. Obituary of Mrs. Sherman A. Ruth.

4 Find A Grave,

5 York Daily Record (York, PA), 9 Dec 2012, obituary of Edward W. Ruth.

6 1910 United States Census, Edward F Beecher, 1910.

7 1900 United States Census, Edward F Beecher, 1900.

8 The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) (Hanover, York, Pennsylvania.), 16 Nov 1913. Reprinted 16 Nov 1938, page 3, in "Events 25 Years Ago Today."

9 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Jackson, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1667; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 67; Image: 966.

10 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: West Manchester, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3644; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 67-97.

11 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 26 Aug 1948, Beecher Reunion.

12 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 14 Jan 1954, page 30. Deaths and Funerals, Mrs. John E. Gable.

13 York Daily Record (York, PA), 22 Jun 1972, page 8. Obituary of Edward S. Beecher.

14 Find A Grave,

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