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Elgin Lawrence Beal
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1858
Audrain County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 10, 1914
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA

Elgin's parents were:
William Henry Beal (1828 - 1917)
Jane Stout Beal (1836 - 1903)

Elgin & his siblings - all of whom were newspaper editors
John Beal (1856 - 1927)
Elgin L Beal (1858 - 1914)
Charles William Beal (1860 - 1925)
Grant Beal (1863 - 1905)

In June 1880,
Elgin, age 21, lived in Laddonia, Audrain Co, MO with his parents, W.H. & Jane Beal, ages 52 & 44. Other members of the household included his brothers, John, Charles, & Grant, ages 23, 19, & 15. His father, with their help, farmed to help support the family.

Elgin married Margaret Jane Poor in Audrain Co, MO on October 21, 1883.

Some children were:
Emery S Beal 18841964
John Beale 1886
Henry Beale 1888
Ester Beal 1890
Grover Beal 1893
Ruth Beal Street 18931945
Grace Beal 1897
Prudence Beal 1901
Charles Clinton Beal 19031986

On June 1, 1900,
Elgin L. & Maggie J. Beal, ages 41 & 36, owned a home in Broken Bow, Custer Co, NE where Elgin was a Newspaper Publisher. They had been married 17 years; Maggie had given birth to 7 children - all living.
Household Members
Elgin L Beale 41 (born in IN Dec. 1858)
Maggie J Beale 36 (IL in 1864)
Emery Beale 15 (MO in Sept. 1884)
John Beale 13 (NE in Oct. 1889)
Henry Beale 11 (NE in May 1888)
Ester Beale 9 (NE in 1890)
Grover Beale 6 ((NE in July 1893)
Ruth Beale 5 (NE in Oct. 1894)
Grace Beale 2 (NE in June 1897)

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, January 29, 1903
"Saturday January 17, 2 p.m., Mr. Province west of town listed 200 acres at $1000, with me for sale, at 4 p.m. same day I sold the farm to Elgin Beal. ... . "

Mexico Missouri Message (Mexico, MO)
Thursday, February 26, 1903
"Will Poor was the son of Levi Poor, now of Nebraska, who a number of years ago resided on a farm near Centralia and later lived on a farm east of Worchester in this county, on West Lick, which after a number of years he sold to the Hixons. On this latter farm Will Poor got his first schooling and grew to his majority. He leaves a widow but no children. His sister, Miss Maggie Poor, married Elgin Beal who now reside on a large ranch near Broken Bow, Neb."

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, August 27, 1903
"Mrs. Elgin Beal had a brother killed by railroad accident in Missouri recently. She and Mrs. Poor went down to attend the funeral."

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, December 15, 1904
"W.H. Beal, father of C.W. and Elgin Beal, came in from Missouri Monday on a visit with his children. He made this office a friendly call Tuesday. Mr. Beal has been a life-long Republican and raised four boys, all of whom are or have been editors of Democratic papers."

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, March 16, 1905
"Elgin Beal shipped a car load of fat cattle of his own feeding to Omaha Sunday. Elgin finds farming a more profitable business than running a newspaper."

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, October 10, 1907
"Mrs. Elgin Beal and her father Mr. Levi Poor, are visiting with friends in Missouri."

Mexico Missouri Message (Mexico, MO)
Thursday, December 26, 1907
"R.W. Goodell, near Mexico, sends his old friend and neighbor, Elgin Beal, of Broken Bown, Neb., a large can of strained honey as a Christmas present. We imagine we can see Elgin licking his 'chops' after a big feast on that honey. They don't grow as sweet a thing as honey out in that cold county."

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, March 12, 1908
"... . 'Cedar View' is the home of Elgin Beal, west of town. It is a lovely sloping law completely set with cedars. ... ."

Custer County Republican (Broken Bow, NE)
Thursday, October 29, 1908
"Mr. and Mrs. Elgin Beal were most agreeably surprised last Sunday by about thirty-five of their neighbors and friends coming in with well filled baskets, they could not understand what was going on until the crowd informed them that they had been married twenty-five years and they had come to help them celebrate their silver wedding. Mr. Charley Beal presented them with a nice set of silver ware in behalf of the guests when they all marched out to do justice to the well filled table after a day well enjoyed they departed for home wishing them many happy returns of their wedding day."

Mexico Missouri Message (Mexico, MO)
Thursday, November 25, 1909
"John Beal returned home last Saturday from broken Bow, Neb., where he went to see his brother, Elgin Beal, who had been very sick, but we found him better. Elgin and Charlie Beal are prospering this world's good out in that country. It is a rich soil and all the farmers are making money. Land is selling as high as in Audrain county and the prices steadily advancing. They raise three or four crops of alfalfa every year; wheat is never a failure; the corn yield this year is about 40 bushels per acre. Good rods all the time and the farmers are throwing aside their phaetons and buggies and buying automobiles."

On April 18, 1910,
Elgin L. & Maggie Beal, ages 51 & 46, owned a farm, mortgage free, in Kilfoil Township, Custer Co, NE. They had been married 26 years; Maggie had given birth to 9 children - all living. Elgin self-employed as a farm operator. Elgin's widowed father-in-law, Levi Poor, lived with them & their children.
Household Members
Algen L Beal 51 (born in MO - Farm Operator)
Maggie Beal 46 (born in IL)
Ester Beal 19 (Public School Teacher)
Grover Beal 17 (born in NE - Farm Labor)
Ruth Beal 15 (born in NE)
Grace Beal 13 (born in NE)
Prudence Beal 9 (born in NE)
Charley Beal 7 (born in NE)
Levi Poor 75 (born in IL)

Mexico Missouri Message (Mexico, MO)
Thursday, September 29, 1910
"Elgin Beal, of Broken Bow, Neb., brother of the editor of the Message, is here. He has been away from Missouri for about 25 years, but thinks the old State is good enough to move back. He will sell his interest in Nebraska and will likely locate in Morgan county, Mo. Elgin says he finds Missouri is the greatest of all the galaxy of State."

Mexico Missouri Message
(Mexico, MO)
Thursday, March 19, 1914

Elgin L. Beal was born in 1858 on a farm five miles northwest of Laddonia where he resided with his parents, W.H. and Jane Beal, until his majority. In the spring of 1879 he drove a team of four mules to a wagon for John D. McCarty to Denver, Colo. Returned in the fall and the next spring opened the first undertaker's store and barber shop in Laddonia. Sold out to A.E. Meyers.

His next venture was farming on the homestead. Later he married Miss Maggie Poor. They moved to Hazen, Ark. Not having good health there, they started with a wagon drawn by a team of mules and drove up thru the Indian Nation, thence across Kansas, finally landing in Custer county, Neb., where they took up a homestead.

Sold later and moved to Broken Bow. Here Elgin was engaged in the newspaper business for several years. Finally selling this he bought a ranch near the Bow where he built up a magnificent home.

About three years ago he lost his health and on the 10th inst. in a hospital at Omaha, Neb, after undergoing a severe surgical operation he succumbed and passed into the Great Beyond.

He was a good man, a kind husband and parent and a considerate neighbor. The wife survives him besides 9 children, five sons and four daughters. Two brothers also survive him, John Neal, editor of the Mexico (Mo.) Message, and C.W. Beal of Broken Bow, Neb., Prosecuting attorney of Custer county.

Elgin was a lover of music, and sweet were the strains of the piano and violin at his home in the days gone by. His old school mates and neighbors back here in Audrain are pained to hear of his death."


Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, NE)
Sunday, March 15, 1914
Broken Bow, Neb., March 14. - (Special.) - Elgin L. Beal, a prominent resident and pioneer of this county, who died in an Omaha hospital last Tuesday, was buried yesterday from his home several miles west of this city.

Deceased was a brother of County Attorney C.W. Beal, and, for a number of years was associated with him in editing the Beacon of this city. He leaves a wife and nine children, all of whom were present at the funeral."


A few of the leaders of the Farmers' Alliance resurrected the Citizen and established the Alliance Motor, with A.J. Evans, of Thedford, as editor. The Motor was not a financial source and soon suspended. In April 1890 the Motor material was gotten together by the stockholders,and the paper was re-established. C.W. Beal, president of the Farmers' Alliance, being elected president and manager. The paper was called the CUSTER COUNTY BEACON.

In 1890 E.M. Webb became associated with Mr. Beal in the publication of this paper. The Beacon was soon recognized as the leading Populist paper of central Nebraska. In the course of three years E.L. Beal, of Ansley, was induced to leave his farm and join his brother, C.W. Beal, in promoting the Alliance doctrine. The Beal brothers eventually purchased a majority of the stock of the other members of the company and assumed full control of the plant.

Except during the year 1898 when C.W. Beal served one term in the stat senate, the two brothers did all the editorial and mechanical work of the office. During C.W. Beal's absence, F.A. Amsberry, of Mason City, was employed as assistant editor.

The Beal brothers continued to published the Beacon until 1907, when Elgin I. Beal retired to the farm, with his family, and left the entire charge of the paper to his brother, Charles W. Beal, who later leased the plant to a man from Ord, Nebraska. The publication of the Beacon was soon afterward discontinued and the material sold."

History of Custer County, Nebraska, A Narrative of the Past by William Levi Gaston.

Researched & compiled by Virginia Brown
May 2016
Family links: 
  William Henry Beal (1828 - 1917)
  Jane Stout Beal (1836 - 1903)
  Margaret J Poor Beal (1864 - 1944)
  Emery Store Beal (1884 - 1964)*
  Prudence Beal Finke (1900 - 1995)*
  John Beal (1856 - 1927)*
  Elgin Lawrence Beal (1858 - 1914)
  Charles William Beal (1860 - 1925)*
  Grant Beal (1863 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Custer Center Cemetery
Broken Bow
Custer County
Nebraska, USA
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Glen Jenkins
Record added: Sep 05, 2010
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Elgin Lawrence Beal
Added by: Glen Jenkins
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