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Frank W. Beebe, postmaster at Wiota, this county, is one of the widely known and esteemed officials in this part of the State, nearly two-thirds of his life having been passed among its people, and in variously ministering to their welfare. He is a native of Lake county, Ohio, where he was born on March 22, 1857. His parents, Lewis C. and Elizabeth (Spencer) Beebe -- the former a native of the State of New York and the latter of Ohio -- were people of earnest industry and comfortable prosperity. The mother died when her son Frank was a child, and the father is still living in Ohio, where he located in his early manhood. He is a carpenter and a master of his craft. The paternal grandfather was John Beebe, a native of Maine who passed the greater part of his life in Ohio, where he lived.

Frank W. Beebe remained at home until he reached the age of thirteen, then started out to make his own way in the world, coming to this State for the purpose and locating in Warren county, where he worked on farms until 1888. In that year he came to Cass county, taking up his residence first near Anita on a farm upon which he lived and which he worked for six years, and three years near Wiota. He then moved to Wiota, which has since been his home. He then moved to Wiota, which has since been his home. He was appointed postmaster of Wiota in July, 1897, and has held the position continuously since that date. He also carries on a flourishing real estate and insurance business.

From his youth Mr. Beebe's progress in life has been steady and has been the result of his own efforts and capacities, and every foot of ground he has gained he has resolutely held. Without the favors of fortune or adventitious circumstances of any kind, he has made his own way forward and upward, and he is highly esteemed for the sterling manhood, and has ever been a wheelhorse in the service of his party. Mr. Beebe was elected a member of the school board in 1906. Fraternally, he is identified with Masonry and the Order of Elks. In February, 1881, he was married, in this State, to Rebecca A. Fritz, a native of Iowa. They have four children, Ella E., Albert J., William S., and Carlton.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pp.264-265.

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