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 John McGeorge Bechman

John McGeorge Bechman

Birth
Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Death 22 Sep 1966 (aged 77)
Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Burial Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 44492888 · View Source
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John McGeorge Bechman was born as the 8th of 11 children to farmers Lewis Edward and Elizabeth Wetzel Bechman of Madison, Indiana.

In early adulthood, John moved with several of his brothers north to the township of Franklin, Indiana, where he met his future wife, Mary Dorotha Letterman of Linton, Indiana. The two got married in 1916 and settled in the Franklin area as farmers, where they raised three sons, Ivan, Stan and Harold. John purchased a tract of farm land in 1920, but had to sell it in 1942 and thereafter worked as a tenant farmer. He was described as quiet, hard-working, and extremely ethical, and could be angered by those who 'cut corners' or took advantage of others.

John had a rough life as a farmer. In 1947, he was kicked through a barn wall by a steer during a truck-loading operation and was bed-ridden for almost a year in recovery. The accident also caused permanent loss of his smell. A few years later, John lost 3 fingers attempting to clear a corn-picking machine while it was still running.

John died at home in his sleep on 22 September 1966.


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  • Maintained by: sbechman
  • Originally Created by: Mark E. Wirey
  • Added: 17 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44492888
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John McGeorge Bechman (22 May 1889–22 Sep 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44492888, citing Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by sbechman (contributor 47032650) .