|Death: ||Jul. 15, 1885|
Wife of Wesley Beeks
1880 USFederal Census
Name: Irene Beeks
Home in 1880: Klickitat Co., Washington
Relation to head-of-household: Wife
Spouse's name: West
Father's birthplace: Illinois
Mother's birthplace: Kentucky
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Occupation: Keeping House
Marital Status: Married
Household Members: Name Age
West Beeks 31 -Head
Irene Beeks 34 -Wife
James S. Benson 16 -Step-son
Ella M. Benson 13 -Step-Dau
Nelly. Benson 11 -Step-Dau
Anna Beeks 2 -Dau
An Illustrated History of
and Kittitas Counties,
William Wesley Beeks. Although the subject of this biography is yet in the very prime of his life and appears even younger than his age would portend, there are probably few older pioneers of the Northwest than he. For fifty-six years he has lived in this section of the United States, having been born in Washington county, Oregon, June 24, 1848, and during his more than half a century of residence in this section he has witnessed one of the most rapid and marv elous developments for that space of time than any portion of this country has ever undergone.
His father, Jacob Beeks, was born in Ohio in 1819, and was the son of George Beeks, a native born pioneer of Indiana. Thus is a chain of paternal pioneers established which reaches over more than a century of the nation's history, each man carrying th e Stars and Stripes farther and farther westward. Jacob Beeks married Mary A. Beal, a native of Pennsylvania, and the daughter of George and Rosa Beal, whose ancestry is pioneer American, William's intrepid pioneer parents crossed the great Plains and mountain ranges lying between Ohio and Oregon and settled upon a donation claim in Washington county in the year 1847, and there the son lived with them until sixteen years of age.
His father was a breeder of fine running stock, and, as a boy, William attained a reputation as a track rider on the Oregon circuit. But at the age of sixteen he set out into the wide world to make his own way. In 1864, with his uncle, Charles Beeks, he took a band of cattle north to British Columbia, passing through the uninhabited Yakima valley in 1864. Returning, he continued to ride the range until the Bannock Indian war of 1878 , when he enlisted under General Howard. He participated in nearly all the battles and skirmishes of that campaign. The following year he was with the troops who quelled the rebellion at the Warm Spring agency, Oregon, and at the lava beds distinguished himself by rescuing his wounded captain from the clutches of the redskins.
The troops had made an unsuccessful charge and among those who had gone down before the fire was their gallant captain. Trooper Beeks, when he saw how matters stood, made a daring run to the Indians fortifications, fastened a rope around his captain's body and dragged him to a place of safety within th e line, all under a terrific fire.
After this campaign the young man returned to Klickitat county, where he had previously been employed as foreman for Rean & Smith, and purchased a ranch, entering the stock business on his own account.
To this county, also, came his father and mother and there, too, his mother died in 1893. His father lived until the ripe old age of eighty-three, laying down life's burdens in North Yakima two years ago. Mr. Beeks met with success in the stock industry, but suffered very severe losses in the middle nineties, at which time he had one hundred and eighty head of blooded horses. In 1897 he drove a band of horses to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and there disposed of them for good prices. Upon his return he took up his residence in Yakima county, where he has since lived, engaged in buying and selling stock and raising cattle and horses.
He still owns a quarter section of farming land, situated eleven miles east of Goldendale, though his home is now in North Yakima. Mr. Beeks was married in Washington county, Oregon, September 4, 1877, to Miss Irene Dorson, daughter of John and Mary (Dickson) Dorson, Southerners by birth. Irene Dorson was born in Missouri and died in Klickitat county in 1885, leaving the following children: Mrs. Anna Remley , born in Klickitat county, living near Centralia; Mrs. Ad a Holt, born in Klickitat county, living at Toppenish; an d Mrs. Lillie Armstrong, born on the Ahtanum, and living i n Yakima county. Mr. Beeks had four sisters and one brothe r: Philip, now dead; Mrs. Charity Tuttle and Mrs. Rosa Butler, living at Yakima City; Mrs. Mary Stump and Mrs. Josephine Bacon, living in North Yakima. In 1889 Mr. Beeks was ag ain married, his bride being Mrs. Eliza A. Rowley, born in Missouri in 1867, to the union of Mr. And Mrs. John Marti n. As a pioneer and a progressive, esteemed citizen of th e Yakima country, Mr. Beeks is justly entitled to a place in this history.
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: May 08, 2007
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