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John Allen "J. A." Beeler
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Birth: Jun. 28, 1867
Towanda
McLean County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1945
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

John Allen Beeler was the eldest son of John Beeler (born March 16, 1837 in Sharonville, Ohio - died February 12, 1920 in Denver, Colorado) and Emma Walker Mead (born September 19, 1842 in Springdale, Ohio - died August 11, 1928, New York City, New York).

He was born on June 28, 1867, in Towanda (McLean County), Illinois, where his maternal grandmother, Mary Livingston Brown Mead Hilts (1810-1897), lived at the time of his birth. Although his parents lived in Cincinnati (Hamilton County), Ohio, his mother went to Illinois to stay with her mother and step-father until the baby was born.

John and Emma Beeler lived in Cincinnati after their marriage. During the 1870s he was a partner in Beeler and Curry, stationery and engraving firm. He was later connected with the federal internal revenue department of Cincinnati. In 1908, John Beeler gave up active business when he and Emma moved to Denver to be near their sons, John Allen and Edwin.

John Allen Beeler was an assistant engineer in the construction of the cable railways of Cincinnati and Denver from 1885 to 1890, and the chief engineer of the Denver Tramway Company from 1890 to 1902. He left Ohio for Denver around 1890, where he worked in the construction of the streetcar lines and subsequently became the general manager of the Denver Tramway Company and the Director of Operations, Denver and Intermountain Railroad Company.

On February 14, 1895, he married Fannie Mary Gillette (1874-1908). She was the daughter of Horace D. Gillette (1846-1898) and Alice Warner Gillette (1847-1920). They had two children, Horace Gillette Beeler (November 16, 1896 - April 23, 1924) and Dorothy Emma Beeler (Long) (July 4, 1900 - March 1974). Dorothy married Samuel Wesley Long in 1921. Fannie died of tuberculosis on November 18, 1908 in Denver. She is buried at the Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

He became vice president and general manager of the Denver Tramway Company in 1902 and remained with it until 1915, when he established his own consulting practice. He was a consultant engineer on transit and other public utility problems in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Washington, Kansas City, New Orleans, Dallas, Seattle, and other cities. He also served, from 1902 to 1915, as vice-president and general superintendent of the D. and N.W. Railway Company, and from 1903 to 1915 as director in charge of operations of the Denver and Intermountain Railroad Company. In New York he later was a consulting traffic expert for the New York Transit Commission.

John met Amanda Ida Rosina Gall when she was working in Denver. Amanda was born on July 30, 1889 in Sebewaing, Michigan, the daughter of Gustav Reinhold Gall (July 9, 1862 July 22, 1940), a German immigrant, and Malvina Grassmann Gall, the daughter of German immigrants (August 22, 1867 June 24, 1959).

John and Amanda married on July 17, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. He published the following account of their honeymoon for the Denver Tramway Bulletin (September 1913, page 9):

General Manager Beeler Returns with a Bride

"A very quiet and unostentatious wedding occurred in Chicago on July 17th last, at the parsonage of the St. James Evangelical Lutheran church, when Miss Rose A. Gall, of Sebewaing, Michigan, and Mr. John A. Beeler, vice president and general manager of the Denver City Tramway Company, were united in marriage by the Reverend Karl Schmidt.

Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Beeler left on the Limited for New Orleans, escaping all rice, old shoes and satin ribbon decorations, thus not only saving solicitous friends much trouble and expense, but conserving the rice crop.

From New Orleans they sailed for Panama, where the great canal joining the Atlantic to the Pacific is fast nearing completion. After an inspection of the canal workings, they proceeded to Port Limon, thence by rail over the Coderilla Mountains to San Jose, Costa Rica....Almirante, Panama, was visited, and the world's largest banana plantations inspected.

Mrs. Beeler is a good sailor, and says she was not seasick for even a moment. Mr. Beeler says he would not take an ocean voyage if he could not be seasick--that that is one of the most important features.

Mr. and Mrs. Beeler will be at home to their friends at 2030 Fairfax Street after September 30th."

John and Amanda had three daughters. Betty Malvina Beeler was born on October 22, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. The Beeler family moved to New York City (and subsequently to Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York where the girls grew up). Esther Lois Beeler (Evangelist Magner) was born April 20, 1919 in New York City, and died on February 5, 1997 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Rosemary Virginia Beeler Knight was born on March 8, 1921 in New York City. She died on July 7, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

John Allen Beeler was a prominent engineer and consultant in transit modernization plans in large cities throughout the country. He was the general manager of the Denver Tram Company when they married, and subsequently became the president of the Beeler Organization, Inc., Consultant Engineers, in New York City. He wrote many articles, books, and technical publications about transit modernization, public utilities, and related issues.

He died unexpectedly on July 11, 1945 when he fell from a window of his 22nd floor office at 155 East 45th Street to the roof of a seventh-floor extension. Samuel Long, his son-in-law, of Scarsdale, told police that he had stepped to the window for a breath of fresh air, became dizzy and fell. He lived at 105 Garth Road, Scarsdale.

Survivors included his wife, Mrs. Amanda Gall Beeler, and four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy D. Long, of Scarsdale, Mrs. Rosemary Knight, of Cleveland, Mrs. Betty Johnson, and Mrs. Esther Evangelist, both of White Plains, New York.

John Allen Beeler was buried next to his first wife, Fannie Mary Gillette Beeler, in the Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.


 
 
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 Parents:
  John Beeler (1837 - 1920)
  Emma Walker Mead Beeler (1842 - 1928)
 
 Spouses:
  Fannie Mary Gillette Beeler (1874 - 1908)
  Amanda Ida Rosina Gall Beeler (1889 - 1981)*
 
 Children:
  Horace Gillette Beeler (1896 - 1924)*
  Betty Malvina Beeler Johnson (1916 - 1991)*
  Esther Lois Beeler Magner (1919 - 1997)*
  Rosemary Virginia Beeler Knight (1921 - 2011)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Allen Beeler (1867 - 1945)
  Mary Emma Beeler Sawers (1873 - 1910)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairmount Cemetery
Denver
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Blk 4
 
Maintained by: Sandra Johnson Witt
Originally Created by: Joyce Escue Culver
Record added: Feb 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33466234
John Allen J. A. Beeler
Added by: Sandra Johnson Witt
 
John Allen J. A. Beeler
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John Allen J. A. Beeler
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