Benjamin Franklin Beacher Sr.
Sarah Jane Jacobs
Henry Calvin Snyder
Lizzie Ann Smith
Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr.
Bertha Priscilla Snyder
Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D.


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1. Betty Marguerite Strayer

Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 24 May 1919, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 1 4 5
  • Christened: 20 Mar 1920 1
  • Marriage (1): Betty Marguerite Strayer on 27 Sep 1941 in York, York, PA 1 2
  • Died: 24 Jan 2004, Biglerville, Adams, PA at age 84 5
  • Buried: Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He appeared on the census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6 7 The 1930 Census in Allentown recorded Benjamin F. Beacher, age 53, living with his wife, Bertha P., 45; daughter Ruth E., 24, occupation piano teacher; and sons B. Donald, 16; John H., 13; Bruce F., 10;, and Robert L., 5.

2. He witnessed the obituary of Evelyn Ruth Beacher on 26 Jan 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA: Allentown Morning Call: Piano Pupils Offer Recital. 8 8 Miss Ruth Beacher, teacher of piano, presented students of her class of beginners and the elementary groups in recital at her home, 224 South Sixteenth street, yesterday. Takmg part were Lida Morrison, Jean Messersmith, Catherine Dierurl, Julia Odenheimer, Hattie Eileen Odenheimer, Ruth Hertz, Frances Leonard, Betty Ward, Ruth Parmet, Betty Brinker, Mary Catherine Wenck, Miriam Snyder, Sylvia Sontag, Anna Seip, Roy Hertz and Bruce Beacher.

3. witnessed the obituary of John Henry Beacher on 21 Feb 1931 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA: Allentown Morning Call: Scout Program Broadcast by Troop 10. 9 9 Radio listeners who tuned Into Station WCBA Thursday night heard an interesting Boy Scout program presented by the members of Troop 10, which meets regularly at the Asbury M. E. church. The program opened with the assembly bugle call by Troop Bugler John Beacher, after which Donald Beacher, senior patrol leader, led In the pledge of allegiance. Frederick Everett and John Beacher then recited the Scout laws and William Ruch favored with a violin solo. A quartet composed of Committeemen John Eddy, Lester Bally, Claude Horlacher and Edgar, then sang several numbers and they were accompanied at the piano by Ralph Ruch. Donald Beacher then offered a trombone solo and Robert Keck played a piano solo. A talk entitled, "Taking the Boys Measure In a Popular Way," was then given by Edgar Weaver, a member of the troop commute. In his address Mr. Weaver explained the work being done for the youth of Allentown by the Boy Scout organization. The sounding of taps by Bugler Beacher brought the program to a close. The scoutmaster of Troop 10 Is Fred Erwin. Assistant scoutmasters of the troop are Adraln Hoffman, Wilbur Hemstreet and George Hemstreet.

4. Newspaper: Morning Call: V C. E. Society Discusses Program of Denomination, on 28 Jan 1935, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 10 V C. E. SOCIETY DISCUSSES PROGRAM OF DENOMINATION
Betty Bear was the leader of a meeting of the Intermediate C. E. society, Grace E. C. church, last night. The topic for discussion was "What Is the program of the denomination?" Frank Yost read the benediction, and prayers were offered by Emerson Albright, Bruce Beacher, Frank Yost, Catherine Lobst, Robert Brinker, James Potter and Betty Bear. Scriptures were read by John Henry Beacher, Claire Schuler, Ethel Fahringer, Dorothy Ward and Virginia MacLain. After the discussion the society was led in a brief song service by the president, Robert Brlnker, with Betty Brinker at the piano.

5. He appeared on the census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 11 The 1940 Census recorded at 224 16th Street in Allentown Benjamin F. Beacher, 62, living with wife Bertha P., 54; and sons John H., 23; Bruce F., 20; and Robert L., 15. Benjamin owned the home valued at $10,000. Benjamin had completed 4 years of high school, his wife and Robert 2 years. John and Bruce had completed 4 years of college. Benjamin was employed as a utility man in an office. Bruce was a soil technician with the Department of the Interior. The census was recorded on 17 Apr 1940

6. Newspaper: Morning Call: Two Brothers Among 9 Localites Graduated From Penn State College, on 13 Jun 1939, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 12 12 A group of nine Allentonians, including two brothers, Bruce P. and John H. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St., yesterday received degrees as Pennsylvania State college graduated its largest class in history. John received his degree in zoology and entomology, and it is reported he has been hired by the National Geographic society to join a research expedition to Africa. John is aged 23, while Bruce is only 20, one of the youngest students in the class. He received his degree in agronomy. Both are A.H.S. graduates. Others from Allentown who received their degrees were: Kenneth H. Bunk, 239 E. Elm St., health and physical education; Frank E. Davis, Route 4, dairy husbandry; Robert S. Givler Jr., 1744 Chew St., journalism; Wilmer K. Rockmaker, 122 S. 16th St., commerce and finance; Morton Schneider, 313 N. 6th St.. commerce and finance; William N. Wrem, 1121 Linden St., commerce and finance, and Kermit F. R. Riedy, 866 Sherman St., a graduate student, advanced degree of electrical engineering.

7. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Beacher Family Entertains, on 30 Jan 1932, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13 13 The Men's Bible class of Grace E. C. church, Fifteenth and Turner streets. Rev. H. E. M. Snyder, pastor, sponsored an unusual supper party and program in the social rooms of the church last evening. It was called a "Family Night" and was attended by almost 100 persons, members of the class with their wives. So successful was the affair that it will be a regular event at intervals throughout the year. John I. Baker, president of the class, was a capable toastmaster during the dinner program, which featured two addresses by William Thomas and Rev. D. G. Reinhold. Mrs. H. C. Pottelger entertained with vocal solos. Following the dinner, there was an entertainment program staged by the Beacher family, which includes: Mr. and Mrs. B. Beacher, Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn and Donald, John, Bruce and Bobby Beacher. The group formed an orchestra and offered instrumental numbers; there were also a number of songs, piano duets and solos, etc. The program concluded with a demonstration of various types of Indian war dances, performed by the Beacher boys in costume.

8. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: A. H. S. Grads Attain High College Averages, on 26 Feb 1936, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 14 14 A. H. S. Grads Attain High College Averages
Announcement has been made that Bruce F. Beacher, who was graduated from the Allentown High school with the class of 1936 and who is now a student In the Penn State Forest school at Mount Alto, has attained the highest average of his class, 51 honor points. Bruce Is but 16 years old. which makes his record all the more remarkable. John Beacher, a brother and one year Bruce's senior, is pursuing a zoology course at Penn State college, where he is a member of the freshman class. He recently received 43 honor points and is s graduate of the Allentown High school, class of '34. John was assistant scoutmaster of Troop 10, this city, Boy Scouts of America, and Bruce a member of the same troop.

9. He appeared on the census in 1940 in Billings, Yellowstone, MT, USA. 15 The 1940 census recorded Bruce F. Beacher, junior soil technologist with U. S. Depot. of Interior, 20, single, as a lodger at 1024 North 30th Street. HIs residence in 1935 was Allentown, Lehigh, PA. The census was recorded on 15 Apr 1940.

10. He served in the military World War II From 9 Jun 1943 to 1 Aug 1945 in Denver, Denver, CO. 4

11. He resided at 833 Northampton Dr., Silver Spring, MD on 6 May 1950 in Silver Spring, Montgomery, MD. 4

12. He resided at 182 Buttles St., Columbus, OH in 1949 in Columbus, Franklin, OH. 4

13. He had a residence in Jul 1955 in , , CO. 16

14. Newspaper: Morning Call: marriage of Bruce Franklin Beecher and Betty Marguerite Strayer, 28 Sep 1941, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 2 Betty Marguerite Strayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nevin Warner Strayer of York, and Bruce Franklin Beacher, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St., this city, were united in marriage. The Rev. John Baker, D.D., read the ceremony. Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn, the bridegroom's sister, was at the organ console. The bride had as her maid of honor and bridesmaids sorority sisters from the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Penn State chapter. John H. Beacher, entomologist of Newark, Del., was his brother's best man. Ushers were also brothers, B. D. Beacher of Salladasburg and Robert L. Beacher, a student at Penn State, and the third, Alden K. Horn, a brother-in-law. Mrs. Beacher was graduated from Pennsylvania State college in 1940. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and has been teaching French in Allentown, Pa. Mr. Beacher, who graduated from Allentown High school with the class of 1935, played baritone in the Allentown High school band and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received his degree from the agronomy department of Penn State in 1939. While at college he played in the Blue Band and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Zeta fraternities. Mr. Beacher returned East on Sept. 17 from Billings, Montana, where he Is stationed as a soil technologist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Reclamation. Following a reception in a York hotel, the couple left on an extended tour of the Western states. They are visiting in western Pennsylvania and then going to Colorado and New Mexico. After Oct. 13, the Beachers will be at home in Billings, Montana.

15. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: AARP Meets at Apple Museum, 8 Apr 1991, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 17 More than 100 enthusiastic members and guests of the AARP Chapter 2635 held their April meeting at the National Apple Museum in Biglerville on April 4.

The group was welcomed by Dr. Bruce Beacher, president of the Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society, which owns and operates the museum.

A guided tour of the museum followed the meeting. Unprepared for the wall-to-wall carpeting in most areas, the visitors were pleased to find the flavor of the 1857 barn enhanced by the many pictures of family and friends of the early days of the fruit industry in Adams County.

Following the meeting, the video was shown and a tour of the displays on the upper level was conducted by Dr. Beacher and Bill Bilson of Wilson's Orchards.

Marie Osborn and Grace Garretson did a brisk business in the gift shop. More than half of the limited edition commemorative plates dated 1990 have been sold. To reserve a plate call Marie at 677-8850; Grace at 677-8267; or the hostess Ms. Jean Slaybaught at 677-8278.

The musuem officially opens Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 noon to 5 p.m. Tour guides are on hand each weekend and will continue on a regular weekend schedule until Oct. 20, when the museum will close except for special arrangements.

Bus tours and other groups can make reservations during any week by confirming the date with the chairman of the museum committee, Violet Ondek at 677-8114.

16. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: Penns' Opposum Creek Manor cited, 6 Nov 1991, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 18 The Biglerville Historical and Preservation Society at its October meeting received a plaque commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Penn's Opposum Creek Manor where the National Apple Museum now stands.

President Bruce Beacher and Mrs. Beacher presented the plaque, which will be installed at the base of the flagpole. The plaque reads "National Apple Museum Memorial Park 1991 at Penns' Opposum Creek Manor 1741."

Slides shown were on areas of Adams County and development of the museum on West Hanover Street, Biglerville. It was completed in one year and has attracted thousands of visitors.

Among those recognized for their aid in the enterprise were: The Gettysburg Times, Carlisle Evening Sentinel, Harrisburg Patriot News, Lancaster New Era, Chambersburg Public Opinion, Reading Eagle, Hanover Sun, USA Today, Adam County Fruitgrowers Associatoin News Letter, The Jaycees, Pennstylvania Department of Education.

Continuing work includes a donated larger heating system, landscapting, insulation and displays on the second level.

Tom Polin on the dulcimer, guitar and accordian played music from the 18th and 19th centuries. The society received enlargements of photos taken at the flag-raising ceremony. Smaller pictures were presented to veterans who participated.

Sharon Handwork of Aspers won a quilt in a drawing.

The gift shop will be open Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m.

The same hours will be in effect on the following weekend and during the Christmas shopping season. The museum will be open by appointment for tours and special events. REgular hours will begin in April.

17. He resided at 485 S. Logan St., Denver, CO on 9 Jun 1943 in Denver, Denver, CO. 4

18. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: Diversity and dedication: The Apple Core Band, 18 Dec 1991, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 19 A secretary and a businessman, an insurance agent and a graphic designer, an auto mechanic and a scientist, a student and a teacher, a retired principal and a future mayor.

Their backgrounds and interests are as diverse as their ages, yet they have two things in common -- a love of music and membership in one of Adams County's most unique organizations, Biglerville's Apple Core Band.

On Monday nights from May to December they practice in their "official headquarters" -- a storage room over Ditzler's Laundromat. Braving the summer heat and the winter chill, sitting on mismatched chairs and playing instruments which are, in some cases, older than even the more senior bandsmen, they talk...they laught...and then they enjoy making music.

Some are "old faithfuls" like Harold Ditzler, Jean Finfrock, Bruce Beacher, and several others who have been with the band since its origin in 1976. Some, like Debbie Wright and George Carey, are new to the band this season. And countless others have come and gone in between.

According to Beacher, "More than 150 members of this community have participated in the band at one time or another." Participation may take the form of playing an instrument, twirling a baton, or carrying a flag or banner.

The band begins its season with the Arendtsville and Biglerville Memorial Day parades. Their enthusiasm for parades is evident in the fact that they participate in both events on the same day. One parade begins at 2 o'clock and the other doesn't start until 4, so they have just enough time to rush from one parade to the other.

Between Memorial Day and Christmas, the Apple Core Band marches in Gettysburg's Fourth of July Parade, Gettysburg's and Dillsburg's Halloweed Parades, and the Biglerville Christmas Parade. They fit in as many other parades and activities as they can, closing their season with traditional benefit performances at Green Acres, Michael Manor, and The Lutheran Home and doing unannouced playing and carolling at local town squares.

19. He resided at 60 Hillside Dr., Biglerville, PA in 1992 in Biglerville, Adams, PA. 20

20. His obituary was published in The Gettysburg Times on 28 Jan 2004 in Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 21 Dr. Bruce F. Beacher, 84, of 60 Hillside Drive, Biglerville, died Saturday, Jan. 24 at home.

Born in Shenandoah, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Bertha Snyder Beacher. He was the husband of Betty Strayer Beacher.

Dr. Beacher was educated in Allentown public schools and earned degrees in agronomy at Penn State, Colorado State, Ohio State and Maryland universities. His career in agriculture and forestry, soil science, irrigation and reclamation, research and graduate teaching spanned nearly 40 years in the eastern and western states, culminating as research coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., where he retired in 1974. Dr. Beacher was a leader of cooperative agricultural research between state and federal agencies and universities.

A life-long band and choir musician, he also served many years as a scoutmaster, Sunday school teacher and chaired numerous service, church, civic and senior organizations.

Dr. Beacher led the establishment of the National Apple Museum in Biglerville. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, Sigma Xi, Lions, Penn State University Alumni Association, Maryland University Alumni Association, American Red Cross, Friends of the Library, Gettysburg Historical Society, Biglerville Historical Society, the Apple Core Band and Dance Band, Pennsylvania German Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Beacher was a veteran of World War II, having served with the 315th Bomb Wing of the 20th Air Force as radar officer in Guam.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Dr. Brent F. Beacher of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Deborah B. Tipeni of Reston, Va; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held today, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 25 Franklin St., Biglerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or to the National Apple Museum, 154 W. Hanover St., P.O. Box 656, Biglerville, PA 17307.

Bruce married Betty Marguerite Strayer, daughter of Nevin Warner Strayer and Margaret Sarah Wolfe, on 27 Sep 1941 in York, York, PA.1 2 (Betty Marguerite Strayer was born on 22 Aug 1918 in York, York, PA,1 died on 7 Aug 2012 in Monroe, Butler County, OH 3 and was cremated in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 3.)


1 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

2 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 28 Sep 1941, page 21. Marriage Bruce Franklin Beecher and Betty Strayer.

3 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.), 11 Aug 2012, obituary of Betty M. Beacher.

4, Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Box Title : Bayne, James J - Beane, John C (Box 43). Bruce Franklin Beacher Service No. 37346274 Serial O-2064205.

5, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 203016985 Bruce Franklin Beacher, father Benjamin F Beacher, mother Bertha P Snyder.

6 1930 United States Census, Enumeration District 37-38 Visit 430 Sheet 17A.

7 Zitkus, Mae Beacher (15 May 1978 Letter to Bruce Beacher).

8 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 26 Jan 1930, page 5.

9 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Feb 1931, page 2.

10 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 28 Jan 1935, page 13.

11 1940 United States Census, Benjamin F Beacher, Ward 13, Allentown, Allentown City, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-56, sheet 9B, family 195.

12 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 13 Jun 1939, page 15.

13 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jan 1932, page 7.

14 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 26 Feb 1936, page 5.

15 1940 United States Census, Bruce F Beacher in household of Charles E Joyce, Ward 2, Billings, School District 2 Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 56-5A, sheet 6A, family 217.

16, United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970, Bruce F Beacher, Colorado, United States, Jul 1955; citing 1954 National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel, 622629, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

17 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.), 8 Apr 1991, page 7.

18 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.), 6 Nov 1991, page 11 of 12.

19 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.), 18 Dec 1981, page 14.

20, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 1, Bruce F. Beacher, Biglerville, PA.

21 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.), 28 Jan 2004 Edition.

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