Frederick Burdette Beckman

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Frederick Burdette Beckman

  • Birth 21 Mar 1874 Arthur, Douglas County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 11 Mar 1938 Arthur, Douglas County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Arthur, Douglas County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 75038962

Fred B. Beckman, 63 years, 11 months and 21 days, prominent Arthur business man and Spanish-American war veteran, died March 11, 1938 at home. He had been in the furniture and hardware business in Arthur for more than 40 years. He was director of the Arthur State Bank and a large land owner in Douglas and Moultrie counties. He had resided in and near Arthur his entire life. Fred was married to Addie E. Schouten on December 21, 1901 and to them was born one child, William E. Beckman, now an attorney at law, who survives his father to comfort and console his mother who also survives.
Services were conducted from the local Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Beckman's was one of the largest funerals held in Arthur and many people were unable to get in the church. Over fifty special flower pieces were sent. The following out of town friends and relatives were at the funeral: Atty. W.H. Beckman, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Allers, Oak Park, Ill; Mrs. Georgia Mason Grevens, Chicago; Mrs. Golda Patton, Urbana; Mrs. Les Thurman (Helen Mason), Kansas City, Mo; Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Mason, St. Louis, Mo; Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Schouten, Charleston, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Schouten, Charleston, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Chapman, Oakland, Ill; Mr. T.L. Reeder, Garrett, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reeder, Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Reeder, Garrett; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reeder, Atwood; Mr. and Mrs. Stoughton Reeder, Garrett; Atty. and Mrs. Francis Purvis, Lovington; Mr. and Mrs. L. David, Sullivan.
The home life, religious life, civic life, and business life of Arthur and the community for many miles around have been enriched by the life lived by Fred B. Beckman. The results of his contributions to the life of the community will be felt for many years to come. He was born on a farm two and a half miles northeast of Arthur, on March 21, 1874. He was one of seven children born to William H. Beckman and Rebecca E. Beckman, pioneers of this vicinity. His father was a veteran of the Civil War, and took part in some of the bitterest battles, including Gettysburg, Antietam, and Bull Run. Fred's early days were spent on the farm. Later, he came with his parents to Arthur where his life has been lived. True to the spirit of loyalty to his country bred into him by his father, when the Spanish-American War came, Fred and his brother William H. Beckman volunteered to serve. Fred enlisted April 16, 1898 in Company "A" of the 1st Illinois Infantry Volunteers and served until he was honorably discharged on November 17. 1898.
Fred Beckman engaged in the hardware and furniture business in Arthur, succeeding the firm of Warren and Jenne. He continued in this business all of his life and was always honest, always willing to render assistance. His advice and counsel were frequently sought and cheerfully given. Fred was a member of Arthur Lodge No. 825 A.F. of A.M. with the rank of Master Mason.
Besides his widow Addie E. Beckman and son William E. Beckman, Fred leaves his brother William H. Beckman, Chicago; his sisters Grace B. Bigelow of Jacksonville, Ill; Golda Patton of Urbana, Ill; and Florence Eads of Arthur, Ill; and granddaughter Anne Beckman. His sisters Maggie Reeder and Alberta Mason preceded him in death. Burial was in the Arthur cemetery. His obituary appeared on the front page of the local Arthur newspaper.



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  • Created by: A. Fix
  • Added: 16 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75038962
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Burdette Beckman (21 Mar 1874–11 Mar 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75038962, citing Arthur Cemetery, Arthur, Douglas County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by A. Fix (contributor 47347930) .