|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1844|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 1927|
Beard, Edward D., Pvt. Co. B. Cons. Cres. Regt. La. Infty. En. Sept. 20th, 1862, in Camps. Roll for Jan. and Feb., 1864, "Absent. On Detached Service," Paroled at Shreveport, La., June 12th, 1865, "1st Lt. Cres. Regt. La. Infty., Co. D."
Obituary (Napa Daily Journal newspaper, 15 June 1926, pg. 1, col. 2):
DEATH CLAIMS E. D. BEARD, BELOVED CITIZEN OF NAPA
E. D. Beard, a leader during the past two score years in the life of this community, both in private life and in business, was taken by death yesterday morning at eleven o'clock at the family residence, corner Seminary and Second Streets. He had reached the advanced age of four score and three years.
Mr. Beard was first taken ill several weeks ago, and succeeded in fighting off serious illness until about two weeks ago, when it became apparent he was a critically sick man.
News of the passing of this beloved citizen spread about the city yesterday, and expressions of stunned regret were to be heard on every hand – all indicative of the regard and esteem in which he was held by the people of this community.
Edward Derrel Beard was born in Alabama in 1844. He grew to young manhood there and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, holding a captain's commission at the end of the war. On January 30, 1867, he was married in Keachi, Louisiana, to Rebecca Inez Coggin. The following year he and his wife came to California and to Napa. Here Mr. Beard enggaed [engaged] in the mercantile business with the Peter Van Bever firm. The firm changed to that of Van Bever & Thompson. Later Mr. Beard decame [sic - became] a partner and the firm was known as Thompson & Beard. Then as the years passed it became Thompson, Beard & Sons, and finally Winship Beard Co., as at present. Mr. Beard was President of Winship Beard Co. at the time of his death.
Some forty years ago Mr. Beard organized the Napa Building & Loan Association and had been at the head of it ever since. He was re-elected President at their annual meeting held just recently.
Mr. Beard was ever active in civic work. He was a leader in every progressive movement started for the welfare of the community. He was a member of the old Board of Trade and was ever identified with the Chamber of Commrece [sic]. His connection with the Napa Rotary Club was always that of an eager worker and enthusiastic booster. As a fraternal man he was a member of Yount Lodge, F. & A.M., and of Napa Lodge, B.P.O.E.
Ever a most industrious business man, Mr. Beard, however, was also a keen sportsman and his leisure hours were often spent along with streams and in the hills with his rod and his gun.
He was a man of strictest integrity; of highest ideals. He was ever courteous; he was ever generous; he was ever kindly. One of the last of his generation, he was unusually vigorous for a man of his advanced years. In his death Napa has lost one of her most valued citizens.
His beloved wife and helpmeet preceded him to the other side about ten years ago. They were the parents of five children, four of whom are living as follows: J. E. Beard, Mrs. Inez Wentworth and D. L. Beard (now in Europe) of Napa; and Mrs. Minnie Raymond of Berkeley. There are these grandchildren: J. E. Beard, Jr., Stoner Beard, Crowell Beard, of Napa; Don Wentworth of Napa and Will Wentworth of Burwood, La.; Derrel E. Beard of Portland, Ore.; Miss Bertha Beard of Manila; and Arthur Beard, a student at Berkeley; and Ned Raymond and Edna Raymond, of Berkeley.
Two great-grandchildren are also left: Theda Marion Wentworth of Burwood, La., and Derrel Beard III of Portland.
The funerla [sic] will be held from the family residence at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon and will be under Masonic auspices.
Note: His brother is Capt. James Hamilton Beard #10485829
Created by: Clayton Lord
Record added: Dec 22, 2011
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