|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1838|
New Brunswick, Canada
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1920|
9-13-1920 Post #89 Everett
R.K. BEECHAM FOR 26 YEARS EVERETT RESIDENT, CALLED
Death Takes Widely-Known Court Balliff; Was 83 Year of Age
Funeral Service Set For Tuesday, 3 p.m.
Capt. R.K. Beecham, one of the best known residents of Everett died Sunday morning at the family home, 2624 Rucker Ave. For 26 years he had resided in the city, and during that period he had seen the wilderness conquered and the town-site developed into the community of today. Always devoted to the ideals of civic advancement he conceived as essential to the city's welfare, Capt. Beecham consistently and insistently presented them at every opportunity. One of his greatest ambitions was to assist in bringing about a supply of mountain water for Everett, and during the years this matter was agitated prior to the determination of this issue by the decision of the electorate to construct the Sultan river pipeline the citizen now deceased was a leader in keeping the project before the public mind. In this and in other project with which he was identified as a leader, Capt Beecham as an advocate of forward steps became most widely known to the people of Everett, while his long service as a bailiff in the superior court enlarged his person acquaintance until he was as well one of the best known men in the county.
Capt. Beecham was 82 years of age. He was born in the parish of North Essex, on the Marimachi river, near Newcastle, Province of New Brunswick, March 25, 1838. Seven years later with his parents, he removed to Sun Prairie, Wi, where he grew to manhood. At the beginning of the Civil war Capt. Beecham enlisted with the Second Wisconsin volunteers and served in that organization to the end of the struggle.
During the war he was twice promoted, first to the office of lieutenant, then to the rank of captain. He was a member of the famous "Iron Brigade" fought at Bull Run and Gettysburg, and twice was taken prisoner by the forces of the Southern states. At the close of the war he removed to MN, going thence to NB, and ater returning to WI, from which state he came to Everett 26 years ago. After locating here Captain Beecham became actively engaged in the enterprises of the city as a lawyer and as a newspaper man, but his greater prominence came through his later writings of poetry and philosophy. Sixteen years ago he was appointed jury bailiff for the superior court a position he occupied until the illness developed recently that took him from his duties and terminated in his death.
Captain Beecham was married March 28, 1864, to Miss Emma Watkinson, at Sun Prarie, WI. He is survived by his wife and three children; Mrs. S.P. Keithley and Miss Elma Beecham, of Everett, and Marwin W. Beecham, of Yakima. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 o'clock p.m. from the chapel of Challacombe & Fickel. Services will be conducted by the Rev. C.H. Burdick, pastor of the First Congregational church. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery, under auspices of the Everett post of the G.A.R.
SnoCo: "The Karyn Project"
American Civil War Soldier
Name: Robert K Beecham
Residence: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Enlistment Date: 19 May 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Wisconsin
Unit Numbers: 3082 3082
Service Record: Promoted to Full Corporal
Enlisted as a Private on 19 May 1861.
Enlisted in Company H, 2nd Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 19 May 1861.
POW on 01 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Promoted to Full Lieutenant on 22 December 1863.
Discharged for promotion Company H, 2nd Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 22 December 1863.
Commission in 23rd Infantry Regiment UC on 22 December 1863.
Widow: Emma W. Beecham b.England
State Filed: Wisconsin
Author: As If It Were Glory: Robert Beecham's Civil War from the Iron Brigade to the Black Regiments
Author: Gettysburg, the pivotal battle of the Civil War [FHL Fiche #6118326]
Robert Beecham (1802 - 1885)
Fanny Jane Cromwell Beecham (1814 - 1881)
Edna Beecham Kanouse (____ - 1877)*
Deborah Beecham Hayden (1834 - 1910)*
Robert K. Beecham (1838 - 1920)
A C Montie Beecham (1856 - 1858)*
Plot: Block 31, Lot 61
Created by: C&P * LaPlante Files
Record added: Mar 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13640168