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Transcribed biography of Frank L. Beach

FRANK L. BEACH. The name of Beach is a familiar one in Porter county, Indiana, members of that family having been closely connected with the upbuilding and development of that section for several generations. One of the most worthy representatives of the present generation of the family is Mr. Frank L. Beach, the well known trustee of Jackson township, and one of that community's most substantial farmers. Mr. Beach has been a life-long resident of this part of the state, he being a native of Jackson township, where also he was reared on his father's farm and educated in the schools of the district, remaining at study until his eighteenth year when the schools were in session.

His birth occurred October 14, 1866, and he was one of a family of eleven children, eight of whom are yet living. Clara is the wife of Charles Link; Mattie, the wife of Ed. Jardine; Florence is the wife of Owen Price; Vernon married Edna Buland of Valparaiso; Harry married Hattie Link; Ross married Lulu Burner; Clarence is unmarried. The father of this family was Edmund Beach, born in Washington township, Porter county, in 1844, who was prominent in the affairs of the district of his time and after his removal to Jackson township was one of its trustees. His death occurred some years ago, but his wife, who was in maidenhood Martha Tanner, is now living in La Porte county.

Frank L. Beach has followed the occupation of farmer all his life and is now proprietor of a good eighty-acre property in section thirty-six upon which he has a comfortable home and other first class improvements. At present he is erecting a large barn on his premises, the dimensions being thirty by forty feet, with sixteen foot posts, concrete and cement basement. Such improvements enhance the value of other property contiguous thereto. He is one of the most efficient trustees of Porter county and a man who thoroughly believes in the elevation of the moral and intellectual growth of the county and township. Mr. Beach has nine school buildings under his supervision and employs nine efficient teachers, also at the present time he is erecting a modern brick and stone high school building at a cost of $8,000, which will be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the school year in the fall of 1912. This is a credit to the county of Porter and the township of Jackson. He selects the most efficient teachers, in order to elevate the educational status of his township.

The marriage of Mr. Beach took place March 22, 1892, when Miss Martha Baker became his wife. She was the daughter of Abram and Elizabeth (Fife) Baker, both of whom were born, reared and married in Harrison county, Ohio, that being the place of their residence previous to their settlement in Porter county, Indiana. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Beach: Howard, the oldest, born August 21, 1893, is a graduate of the common schools and has attended high school one year; Carlton, born July 27, 1895, is also a graduate of the common schools; Ethel was born November 10, 1898, and died in infancy, in 1899; Lewis, born July 29, 1900, also lived but a few months, his death occurring in 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Beach are pleasant, affable people, honest and upright in all their dealings and are held in the highest respect by a host of friends not only in Jackson township but throughout Porter county, where both have spent their entire lives. Mrs. Beach is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Pleasant View. Mr. Beach is a prominent lodge man and is a member of Lodge No. 192, A. F. & A. M., at Westville; also of Westville Lodge, No. 136, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is past noble grand and is also a member of Ninevah Encampment, No. 147. In political matters he advocates Democratic ideas, but he is a man of independent thought and action and is admired by members of all parties, his popularity in this respect haying been convincingly demonstrated when he was elected trustee of Jackson township by a majority of twenty-six votes, when the township is normally Republican by seventy-six votes.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 796-799

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