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BECKMAN, Catharine 1842-1929


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/4/2015 at 15:25:20

Grundy Resident 75 Years Died Sunday Morning

Mrs. C. Beckman Succumbs From Injuries Sustained In Accident

Lived In One Home For Sixty-Six Years

She Came to Grundy County Seven Years Before the Civil War

Mrs. C. Beckman died at Grundy Center about six o'clock Sunday morning in the home where she had lived continually for sixty-six years. While she had been failing noticeably during the past year, because of advanced age, the end was hastened through an accident that she sustained two weeks ago when she fell on a concrete floor in the garage.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. They were conducted by Rev. F. O. Winslow, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial was made in the family vault in the cemetery named for the deceased's family. Friends viewed the remains at the family home. The casket was not opened in the church.

Mrs. Beckman was 87 years old on the 12th of last April. She was born in Stuben county, New York. She came west with her parents when she was about eight years old. They located on a farm near Delhi, Iowa. Four yours later they came to Grundy county and acquired a farm in Black Hawk township.

From the time she came here, a girl of twelve, until her passing at 87, a period of seventy-five years, she made her home in the county continually. The county was open prairie at the time. To see these primitive acres grow into the modern farms of today marked a span of a full and rich lifetime. This lifetime for Mrs. Beckman was one of active service to her family, to her church and to her community. She was here to extend the hand of welcome to many pioneers of an early day and to joy in their prosperity while they lived here. A history of Mrs. Beckman's life in Grundy county would cover a period of development and progress that will not be equaled again in any other lifetime. Her passing takes from many of us not only a valued friend of long standing, but one of the landmarks of the community.

Mrs. Beckman was married at the age of nineteen. The ceremony took place in Grundy county. Following her marriage she and her husband resided on a farm until the year 1866 when they moved to Grundy Center where Mr. Beckman was appointed as deputy auditor by the County Auditor of that time, A. F. Willoughby. The year after they came here they moved in the house which remained Mrs. Beckman's home up to the time of her death. Mrs. Beckman's husband died Sept. 4th, 1881. She was the mother of five children, three of whom are living. The deceased children were Otto, the oldest, who died in 1911 and Dr. Emil Hessel, who passed away in 1916. The surviving children are Herbert S., of Long Beach, California, Mrs. Augusta E. Butler and Dr. F. S. Beckman, of Grundy Center. Mrs. Beckman came from a family of thirteen children. But two of this large family now remain. They are Mrs. Sherrett of Waterville, Minn., and Mrs. Emeline Burbank from Waterloo.

Relatives present at the funeral service were H. S. Beckman and wife, Long Beach; Mrs. D. S. Burbank (sister), Waterloo; Mrs. J. H. P. Gauss, Indianapolis, Ind.; Catharine Maytag, Newton; C. C. Frost, Lake Park; S. S. Burbank and son, Waterloo; Guy Burbank and wife, Waterloo; Chas. Burbank and wife, Waterloo; Mrs. Otto Oberle, Mrs. Effie Hooker, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sibert, all of Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Tennant and son, Colfax; Jim Sherratt, Mrs. Abbie Beckman, John Beckman and wife, Traer; Herbert Beckman and family, Hampton; Will Beckman, wife and daughter, Plaetus, Marshalltown; Burr B. Butler and wife, Cedar Falls.

The following friends from a distance attended the funeral services: H. M. Bigelow and wife, Los Angeles, Calif,; W. R. Laybourne, Long Beach, Calif.; A. E. Fletcher and wife, Des Moines; J. W. Wickham and wife, Des Moines; Mrs. Russel Jones, Des Moines; Mrs. Norman Scholes, Des Moines; D. M. Moser and wife, Eldora; Ray Walker and wife, Mason City; Ed Walker and wife, Geneva; Mrs. Howard Hauser, Mrs. Ada Essig, Mrs. Chas. Hopkins, Mrs. Geo. Landes, Mrs. Velma Eggleston, all of Whitten.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 4 July 1929, pg 1


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