1.36: Judge Timothy T. Beach, Co-Owner (with His Wife) of the Postville Courthouse, 1913-1929
(Photo in Dooley and Welch, The Namesake Town, p. 24.)
Timothy Tildson Beach was born at Rosendale, New York, in 1843. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and saw action in the battles of Gettysburg, Rocky Ford, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Chattahoochie, Peach Tree Creek, and the sieges of Savannah and Bentonville. He "was never off duty from sickness, and was never wounded, although he had some narrow escapes" (History of Logan County 1886, p. 305). After his honorable discharge, he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, where he graduated from Lincoln University in 1870. He then studied law with Stephen A. Foley and was admitted to the bar in 1871. He was city attorney for one year and was elected Logan County State's Attorney for four years. He was also appointed by the Logan County Circuit Court to Master in Chancery, an office he held for six years. In 1874 he became a member of the board of trustees of Lincoln University and served in that role for many years. Also in 1874 he joined Joseph Hodnett to form the law partnership of Beach & Hodnett (p. 305). Mr. Beach served as chairman of the Logan County Democratic Party. Mr. and Mrs. Beach rest in Old Union Cemetery, not very far from the J.H. Kirks and the Foleys and the Blinns and the Robert Creighton Maxwells and the Jewish section and the black section, etc.
In 1916, Henry Fish writes that "the county authorities have been urged to purchase the old Postville courthouse and preserve for its historic value. No better way, certainly, of contributing to the Illinois Historical Centennial  could be conceived" (Fish, Illustrated Lincoln, no page numbers). Henry Ford purchased the Postville Courthouse in 1929 from T.T. Beach, had it dismantled, and reconstructed it in Greenfield Village, Michigan, and that re-construction appears on the picture postcard below:
Isabelle W Swing Beach
1851–1878 (m. 1871)
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