Francis Atherton “Frank” Bean, Jr

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Francis Atherton “Frank” Bean, Jr

  • Birth 1 Oct 1878 Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 19 Aug 1955 Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 67582358

Francis Atherton "Frank" Bean Jr. was born in Faribault, Minnesota, on October 1, 1878. In 1892, after the foreclosure on his father's first mill, the family moved to New Prague, Minnesota, where his father began the New Prague Flouring Mill Company. Francis attended the State Teachers College at Winona, Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Law School, from which he graduated in 1900. He worked for the family firm his entire career, beginning in 1900. In 1930 after the death of his father, Francis became the International Milling Company's vice president and in 1938 its president. He became chairman of the board of directors in 1943, a position he held until January 1955. The New Prague Flouring Mill Company became International Milling Company in 1910 when it expanded its operations into Canada by purchasing Robin Hood Flour Company. When the company expanded into Canada, Francis invested personal funds in Canadian land and operated tenant farms near Regina, Saskatchewan, from about 1920 until 1953. This business, chartered as F. A. Bean Farms, Ltd. and later subsumed under the Central West Securities Corporation, supplied grain to the Robin Hood mills.

He was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America at both national and regional levels. As a youth he was instrumental in getting the first scout troops organized in New Prague and in 1919 organized troops for the South Central Council of Minnesota. He contributed the original land and buildings for the Fish Lake camp in Scott County, Minnesota. Francis was appointed head of the regional Rural Scouting Committee in 1923, was regional vice chairman from 1925 to 1946, and served on the regional Executive Committee from 1922 until 1955. He was also a member of the Minneapolis Executive Board from 1924 until 1955 and on the national Executive Board from 1935 until 1955.

Church life was also important Francis, as evidenced by his active membership in the Plymouth Congregational church in Minneapolis, serving as chairman of the board of trustees from 1945 to 1948 and as chairman of the chapel building campaign from 1945 to 1947. He was also a member of the Council of Churches of Christ of the United States of America. He served secular nonprofits as well; from 1943 to 1946 he served on the War Chest and Council of Social Agencies. He also served as president and member of the board of governors of the Encampment Forest Association in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Sources:

1) Minnesota Historical Society's web page – "F.A. Bean: an Inventory of his Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society."


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  • Created by: MacBean
  • Added: 28 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67582358
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Atherton “Frank” Bean, Jr (1 Oct 1878–19 Aug 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67582358, citing Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by MacBean (contributor 47060372) .