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Alexander Lewis "Alex" Beaver
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Birth: 1874
Death: May 19, 1956
Joplin
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Thanks to dheghia for the following information (4-14-13).

"I think Alex Beaver is across the street from John Beaver's grave in the vicinity of Anna Beaver Hallam."
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Photo of Alex & Matilda Beaver's new home. Everyone was invited to the house-warming.
Miami Daily News Record
Sunday, September 28, 1930

Newspaper articles over the years, too numerous to include all, have provided a brief glimpse into Alex's life.

Thanks to Samuel Wells, FindAGrave member (#47985489), for trying to locate Alex's final resting place. He posted a photo of the tombstone of Alex's father. Under the caption he wrote, "Alex's final resting place should be just behind this memorial to his father, John Beaver. No marker found!"
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Alex was the son of John Beaver. John was the second chief of the Quapaw Indian tribe & had been a resident of Ottawa County for nearly half of a century. He was quite wealthy, owning valuable mining lands.

Alex had two sisters, Laura Jennie & Anna.

The date he married Luella Isadora Crawfish is unknown. They had a son, Amos, in 1901 and a daughter, Mary Frances, on April 9, 1904. Alex was 36 years old when they were divorced in Miami, OK on Dec. 2, 1910.

His next marriage was to Lucy (Mudd) Lotson around 1904. In May 1910, Alexander, age 35, & Lucy, 33, owned a home in Black Dog, Osage Co, OK. This was his third marriage & her second. They had been married six years. His step-son, Lucien Lotson, age 13, lived with them.

On Jan. 17, 1920, Alex, age 50, & Lucy L., 50, lived in Baxter Springs, Cherokee Co, KS. Frances was 13 years old.
Lucy died in May 1922.

On June 30, 1923, the Indian Rolls show his name as Alex Lewis Beaver, age 42. living in Quapaw with his daughter, Mary France, born 1905.

His last marriage was to Matilda (Stand) Mcquillin who was 26 years younger than him. She had been married to Appellon E Mcquillin whose daughter, Ida Louise, was born on Dec. 27, 1913.

April 7, 1930, Alex, age 66, & Matilda, 40, (shown as full-blood Indians) lived on a farm in Quapaw, Ottawa Co, OK. Her daughter, Ida Louise, age 17, was shown as a half-breed. Other people living in the household were shown as: George Parker, a widower, age 70 & Fred Beets, age 33, who helped on the farm. Jaunita Taylor, age 21, was a servant.

On June 4, 1930, it was known that the Alex Beaver farm had draft horses, Jerseys and swine.

Miami Daily News Record
August 12, 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Beaver and family have returned from Colorado Springs, Colo., where they have been for several months.

News about their new home was published in The Miami Daily News Record on Sunday, September 21, 1930. They invited all who were interested to view their new home before they moved in.

"NEW $25,000 BEAVER HOME IS FAR CRY FROM WIGWAMS OF ANCESTORS
Modern Mansion of Prominent Quapaw, Five Miles Northeast of Miami, Will Be Opened to Public at House-Warming Next Sunday

Not so long ago crude tepees dotted the landscape in this part of the country constituting the abode of the Indians. These were crude affairs, shaped of animal skins, drawn tightly over several long poles, stacked and fastened in the center to form a circular-shaped house. If it might be so called.

Next Sunday a new and modern Indian home, a palatial $25,000 brick residence, will be completed and thrown open to the public for a 'house-warming.' Mr. and Mrs. Alex Beaver will be host to thousands of residents of the community who are expected to view this modern version of the 'wigwam.'

The Beaver home is located five miles northeast of Miami on good gravel road and for the convenience of those who wish to take advantage of the gracious invitation, markers will be placed along the road from the first intersection which turns east off the country club road.

STRUCTURE IS OF BRICK
The structure is of brick and occupies a space 42 by 42 feet, which is divided into 13 large rooms, including three bathrooms, five clothes closets with outside windows and a large 16 by 42 banquet room in the basement.

Two fireplaces lend a cozy atmosphere to the living quarters and several thousand dollars' worth of new furnishings add to its attractiveness. The bedrooms are finished in the very latest paned style, which is said to be the newest decorating design.

The entire house is insulated with Celetex and is heated by a hot air furnace. The very latest type lighting fixtures have been installed and no expense has been spared to make the kitchen modern and up-to-date in every respect. Inlaid linoleum covers the floor with sliding door, built-in features to complete the room.

Decorating was done by a Miami firm and is said to be very attractively blended with the general scheme of color.

Two Delco plants furnish the electric energy to operate the various appliances and lighting units. The entire house has hardwood floors throughout and clothes chutes for soiled linen lead to the basement laundry.

Water is furnished by two deep wells, cemented in and piped to the house. Septic tanks complete the modern note and bring the residence up to the highest standard of home modernization.

Acting on many requests from friends to inspect the home before occupancy, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver decided to hold a formal 'house warming' all day Sunday for the public in general and everyone is cordially invited to inspect this beautiful dwelling."

Alex shared venison with the Chamber of Commerce.

Miami Daily News Record
Sunday, November 30, 1930
"C of C, TO DINE ON DEER MEAT
Thursday Menu Will Include Venison Shot in N. Mexico by Alex Beaver. After kraut, beans and weenies,what a wonderful break. For the next Chamber menu lists venison steak.

Hard to believe, but true. The Miami Chamber of Commerce will gather at Hotel Miami Thursday noon for a banquet of venison. The only thing that will keep the affair from seeming like a real banquet will be the price, the plates
being only 50 cents, the same amount that the members have
seen paying for less distinguished meals.

J.R. Lane, secretary of the chamber, indicated Saturday that he was expecting a record attendance. However, he did not state specifically that he believed 50 cent venison dinners had anything to do with his expectations.

Alex Beaver, well known Indian living northeast of Miami, and one of the men who has taken an active interest in civic affairs in this locality is responsible for the feast on deer meat. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver returned last week from a
successful deer hunt in southwestern New Mexico, and he
promptly offered part of his kill to the Chamber of Commerce. He bagged five bucks on the trip. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver were especially invited to attend the luncheon and see how much Miami business men really enjoy such a
treat."

Miami Daily News Record
August 4, 1933
"Mr. and Mrs. Alex Beaver of Beaver Heights, Route 3, Miami,
returned yesterday from a motor trip to Colorado and Wyoming. They attended the annual Frontier Days celebration and roundup at Cheyenne, Wyo., July 26 to 29."

Miami Daily News Record
February 2, 1937
"Mr. and Mrs. Alex Beaver and Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Urquhart, 324 C street southeast, have left for Oklahoma City, where Mr. Beaver will undergo an operation on his eye. They expect to be gone two weeks."

Miami Daily News Record
November 12, 1940
All-Indian Armistice Day Celebration Held in County
SO Tribesmen From Several States Participate in First Observance of Kind

While Armistice day programs were observed in virtually every city, town and rural district of Ottawa county Monday, a group of 80 tribesmen gathered at the Alec Beaver place, near Quapaw, for the first all-Indian celebration of the signing of the armistice in this vicinity.

Beaver, second chief of the Quapaws invited chief of the
Indians from several states to participate in the colorful event.

It began in mid-afternoon with the Indian flag song, then the unveiling of the American flag. Traditional war dances followed. When the soldier dance started, the "lead-off" men were veterans of the first World war. In full tribal regalia, the dancers and singers offered entertainment
that extended to the dinner hour, when Beaver, who planned the celebration, gave a big feast. Dancing continued after the feast until 9 p.m.

Representatives of the Sioux tribe from Montana and South Dakota, Pawnee drummers, Kiowas, Quapaws, Seneca, Shawnees, Peorias and Chippewas enjoyed the first 'all-Indian armistice.'

Charles B. Wilson, local artist who has gained considerable prominence for his portrayal of the American Indian in lithographs and color paintings, attended the unique program."

Miami Daily News Record
Friday, December 24, 1943
"Alex Beaver, Quapaw Indian Leader, Give Christmas Party for the Kids
Feast for About 200 Children At Home Near City
By CHARLES B. WILSON

Of the hundreds of visitors to this district brought here through the invitation of the full-blood Quapaw Indian, Alex Beaver, none will receive a more lively welcome than his Christmas guest, Santa Claus himself.

With the help of members from his own and other local tribes Alex Beaver and his wife completed preparations for a Christmas Eve party that will bring many a happy smile to the wide eyes of approximately 200 Indian children expected
to attend.

Beaver's home, located 10 miles northeast of Miami, is the scene of the holiday event, and the long house, built especially for Indian gatherings, has been brightened with the decoration of a large cedar tree which, even before the arrival of Santa, stands near the center of the room deep in packages of Christmas toys.

Former students of Wyandotte's Indian school who may be there with their children can pleasantly recall Uncle Alex's Christmas visits to their study rooms, his arms loaded with something for everyone.

Santa's late evening visit opens three days of celebration. The Christmas day feat, hand games, and dances will follow, along with the Indian music and costumes which accompany them.

A heart as big as his hat, Alex Beaver's generosity is known wherever there are Indians. His friends are legion, form the Sioux tribe of South Dakota to the Seminole of Florida, for the much traveled Quapaw's automobile trips have acquainted him with nearly every corner of the United States and parts of Old Mexico.

Born in 1874 and educated at the old Quapaw Mission, which was located near Baxter Springs, Kas., and Chiloceo Indian school, Oklahoma, Alex's heritage is enviable. His late father, John Beaver, was a man of strong character and as Chief, made a practical leader in the early day business of the tribe.

Then living in Arkansas a treaty of 1818 marked the first time the Quapaws pledged allegiance to the government. They remained one of the few tribes never to take up arms against their country. Due to frequent floods the land traded for in this treaty proved worthless and not until 1838 were these people finally settled on their present northeastern Oklahoma reservation. John Beaver then a small boy, made this trek in which nearly a quarter of the tribe died. Here the story parallels that of the oil-wealthy Osages.

Shallow and apparently unproductive the land given the Quapaws by the government, in a belated attempt to repay them for cessions of large and fertile areas, proved profitable. Lead and zinc were discovered and the elder Beaver's tribal allotment was rich in ore. This land along with his beneficence and love for young people was inherited by his children, Alex Beaver and Mrs. Anna Beaver Hallam.

Now stocky, round faced, and white haired, Alex, besides his long importance as councilman to the present Quapaw Chief Victor Griffin, has been a member of the Miami Chamber of Commerce for nearly 15 years.

His hospitality is not limited to Indians. Soon after the completion of nearby Camp Crowder 500 soldiers training thee were invited to Beaver's July Pow Wow for their first taste of Indian foods, and many eastern boys got their first glimpse of a real Redman. It was recently when a national magazine portrayed Alex Beaver's handgame that he received many letters commending him for his part in keeping alive the early day Indian games and tradition.

The Christmas festivities as Beaver has planned them will contain all the dances of the Pow Wow and all the foods of the Indian feasts, including the meat of a grizzly bear purchased for the occasion, plus the spirit of the yuletide season. It will take no one dressed any less picturesque than red-suited Santa to outshine the colorful guests who tonight will gather around Uncle Alex Beaver's Christmas tree."

On September 29, 1944, the following ad was printed in Miami Daily News Record:
BOX SUPPER
and Chili Supper
At the
Alex Beaver Farm
3 Miles East of Commerce
Saturday, Sept. 30
EVERYONE WELCOME

Miami Daily News Record
September 23, 1945
"Alex Beaver Holds An Indian Pow-wow
Alex Beaver, prominent Quapaw Indian, is holding a Pow-wow at the Devil's promenade grounds, east of Quapaw. The event, which began Saturday, will continue-three more days,
ending Tuesday. The public is invited."

Miami Daily News Record
February 19, 1946
"Rural Club Honors Returned Veterans
Proceeds from a pie-supper given recently at the Alex Beaver
farm by the Beaver Heights rural club amounted to $131.12.
An Indian hand-game was given in honor of returned veterans, who included: Hayes McKibben, George Burkybille, John Henry McKibben and Barney Taylor. They received $10 checks. Four new members, Julia Dick,Alice Helma, Anne McKibben and Alex Beaver, joined the group. The next club meeting will be held on March 5. All members are urged to be present."

Miami Daily News Record
March 12, 1946
Beaver Heights Club Makes Future Plans
The Beaver Heights held its regular meeting on March 6.
Plans were made for a wild onion feast to be held on Sunday. There will be an Indian feast, football and Indian hand-game. Everyone is requested to bring something for the luncheon. A Social party is also planned for March 24.

Alex Beaver served fish, coffee and cake for refreshments to several guests, two new members, John Beets and Bill Shawnee, and 16 members. The next, meeting will be held on
April 2.

Miami Daily News Record
Monday, May 21, 1956
"ALEX BEAVER DEAD AT 87; WIDELY KNOWN TRIBESMAN
Final rites for Alex Beaver, one of America's best known Indians, will be held in Miami Tuesday morning.

Beaver, 87-year-old second chief of the Quapaws, died Saturday night in St. John's hospital at Joplin where he had been a patient for four days.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 o'clock at Sacred Heart Catholic church, the Rev. Leonard Burghart will officiate. A rosary will be said tonight at 7:30 o'clock at the Beaver home, six miles northeast of Miami.

'Alex probably was as well known as any Indian in the country,' Charles Banks Wilson, local Indian authority and artist, remarked this morning.

Beaver for years was principal sponsor of the July pow-wow held in the Devil's Promenade area. During World War II he rented a circus tent and staged a feast and pow-wow for soldiers stationed at Camp Crowder.

Another custom of the prosperous Quapaw was to hold Christmas parties to which local Indians of all tribes were invited. He would present gifts to scores of young guests.

Beaver was a farmer-stockman and also had mining interests. He was one of the oldest full-blood Quapaws in the district.

A life-long resident of the area, Beaver is survived by his wife, Mrs. Matilda Beaver; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Frances Kist, Quapaw, and Mrs. Midge Killough, Miami; a sister, Mrs. Anna B. Hallam, Miami; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers for tomorrow's rites will include Irvin Wilson, Dave Peery, Henry McDunner, F.W. Millner, Don Gibson and Bill Shawnee. Indian services will be conducted at the graveside in GAR cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of the Cooper Funeral home."
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Beaver (1855 - 1928)
  Wes sem Beaver (____ - 1887)
 
 Spouses:
  Louella Isadora Crawfish Quapaw (1881 - 1970)*
  Matilda Stand Beaver (1888 - 1959)*
 
 Sibling:
  Alexander Lewis Beaver (1874 - 1956)
  Frank Ton-zab-hah Beaver (1892 - 1903)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Miami
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: New Center; Block 2, Lot 4, Grave 3 (just behind his father's "Monument").
 
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Dec 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102176752
Alexander Lewis Alex Beaver
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Alexander Lewis Alex Beaver
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Alexander Lewis Alex Beaver
Added by: Samuel Wells
 
 
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I will never forget you and Tillie as my boss and friends. I will bake you some homemade bread in heaven one day! Thanks for trusting me with your new green 1943 Buick sedan.
- patricia juanita conner
 Added: Jan. 3, 2014

- ayla
 Added: Mar. 28, 2013

- Virginia Brown
 Added: Dec. 15, 2012
 
 
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