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 John L. Beard

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John L. Beard

Birth
Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Death 19 Nov 1903 (aged 58)
Centerville District, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Memorial ID 158909069 View Source
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1903 Nov 20, Oakland Tribune, P12, Oakland, California
John L. Beard is Dead
Sudden Summons of Ex-State Senator and Prominent Fruit-Raiser
Ex-State Senator John L. Beard died suddenly of heart failure at his home yesterday afternoon, about three miles from Alvarado. The deceased was naturally a man of massive frame and enjoyed vigorous health, until about two years ago when his constitution seemed to have become somewhat impaired, though there was no suspicion that the impairment would have a fatal termination. The end was tranquil and painless and will cause regret among the thousands of people in this county, who had known and esteemed the deceased for years.

John L. Beard was the son of E. L. Beard, who came to this state from the East in 1849, and who was associated with John M. Horner, father of present County Supervisors Horner, in the ownership of 30,000 acres of land in the vicinity of Mission San Jose in this county. A part of that immense estate descended to and was still in possession of the s__ [text blurred out] who has just passed away. The deceased was born in La Fayette, Tippecanoe county, Ind., June 18, 1845, and resided there until he came to California with is parents in 1849. He resided at the home of his parents near Mission San Jose, until 1867, when he moved to a point a few miles from Centerville where he engaged in farming, fruit raising and viticulture, having first, however, received a preparatory school training in the college of California in this city and subsequently graduating from the University of California at Berkeley. He married the daughter of a pioneer farmer named Harvey[sic, Hawley] and moved to a home about three miles from Alvarado. He was the father of two children, Jesse and Eldridge L. Beard. Ten years ago the deceased served a term in the State Senate of California, having been elected on the Republican ticket. Senator Beard was one of the most devoted Masons of this county, and was especially active in securing the location, in this county, of the Home for Masonic Widows and Orphans at Decoto. The funeral will take place next Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the late home of the deceased.

1903 Nov 23, Oakland Tribune, P3, Oakland, California
J. L. Beard Leaves Small Estate
Attorney Thomas Huxley today, received the will of the late Senator John L. Beard. He will read it to the family tomorrow after which he will file the document for probate. The will disposes of, comparatively speaking, only a small estate. The home place in which the Senator died has, for a number of years, been the property of the widow. This is valued at $60,000. Persons well-informed on the subject, say that the residue of the estate will not exceed in value $15,00. Charles A. Smith has been elected cashier of the Security Bank and Trust Company. At a meeting of the Directors to be held this afternoon, Robert Knight will be elected assistant cashier. Mr. Knight is one of the most successful business men in this city. Cashier Smith has for many years been engaged in the banking business. He was for seven years cashier of the Lyon Co. Bank at Rock Rapids, Iowa, for ten years he was specially engaged by the State Board of Bank Commissioners of California; he also acted as receiver of the Bank of Madera, paying the depositors in full; he helped organize the Union Savings Bank of Pasadena; was cashier of the Pasadena National Bank; was cashier of the Union Savings Bank and assistant of the Columbia Banking Company of San Francisco. The new bank will open for business December 1.

Believed to be buried at Mountainview by his wife, Elizabeth Hawley Beard.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 158909069
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/158909069/john-l-beard : accessed ), memorial page for John L. Beard (18 Jun 1845–19 Nov 1903), Find a Grave Memorial ID 158909069, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Pinkscraps (contributor 47101951) .