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Ralph Elmer Beard
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1912
Milk River
Alberta, Canada
Death: Sep., 1997
Milk River
Alberta, Canada

Son of Henry Fred Beard and Ora Mae (Cheesman) Beard. He was raised in Milk River, moved to Newberg, Ore c.1918, graduated from High School in Newberg, Ore, USA as an honor student. He later took several short courses in various fields. He returned to Milk River and worked for several differsnt farmers in order to accumulate enough machinery to farm on his own. He took over management of the Beard Homestead (farm) in 1940 plus adding several parcels of land to the "farm". Ralph was very civic minded and served as Mayor of Milk River for two terms and was the Secretary for the Milk River Volunteer Fire Dept. He was Exalted Ruler of the Milk River Elks Lodge. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star. He was the mentor of most of the young men in the Beard/Austin/Thompson families. He had most these young men work for him over the span of his life. He was honest and hard working and taught good values to all the young men who worked for him. He died in 1997 and is buried in the Milk River Cemetery next to his mother and father. 
Family links: 
  Henry Fred Beard (1876 - 1961)
  Ora May Cheesman Beard (1882 - 1959)
  Henry Wallace Beard (1904 - 1979)*
  Alma Ruth Beard Austin (1910 - 1998)*
  Ralph Elmer Beard (1912 - 1997)
  Edna Alberta Beard Thompson (1916 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
Milk River Cemetery
Milk River
Lethbridge Census Division
Alberta, Canada
Created by: Robert Dunbar Austin Jr
Record added: Feb 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85188862
Ralph Elmer Beard
Added by: Robert Dunbar Austin Jr
Ralph Elmer Beard
Added by: Robert Dunbar Austin Jr
Ralph Elmer Beard
Added by: Robert Dunbar Austin Jr
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UNCLE RALPHWhen this century was twelve years young(1900)The life of Ralph had just begunHe was the anemic son of farmer FredWhen he misbehaved,Fred banged his headHe grew up tough and he grew up leanHis breath was hard as keroseneIn depression times he a...(Read more)
- All the young men who you mentored.
 Added: Feb. 18, 2013
Ralph, you were my hero--I enjoyed your company and working for you when I was young. May you rest in peace.
- Robert Dunbar Austin Jr
 Added: Feb. 20, 2012

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