John Beecher
Elizabeth Sauda
Peter J. Beecher
(1831-1924)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Elizabeth A. Ridenour

Peter J. Beecher 2 3

  • Born: 14 October 1831, , Berks, PA 3 4 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth A. Ridenour on 12 February 1854 in , Franklin, OH 1 2
  • Died: 13 June 1924, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS at age 92 5 6
  • Buried: 16 June 1924, Arkansas City: Hope Cemetery, Cowley, KS 5 6

   Other names for Peter were Peter Beeker,7 Peter Bicher 1 and Peter Bigher.8

  General Notes:

If you are related to Peter, please email jonathan@seachtrees.com as you belong in my family tree. Peter is related to other Beecher/Bicher lines found in Mifflin Township, Franklin County, Ohio, and also related to all the Beecher/Bicher lines in southern Pennsylvania.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He resided at Beecher Rd & Ridenour Rd in 1854 in Gahanna, Franklin, OH. In Gahanna there is a Beecher Rd. located less than a mile from Ridenour Rd., defining the area where these two allied families lived. The Ridenours farmed the west side of Big Walnut Creek, and the Beechers on the east side.

2. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Mifflin Twp., Franklin, OH. 8 Peter Bigher, farm laborer, 35, was living with wife Elizabeth, 30; Albert, 5; Sarah, 3; Sylvester, 1; Jno, farm laborer, 16; and Mary, 18, domestic. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, everyone else in Ohio. His real estate is worth $400.

Neighbors are John Horlocker, 51; Frederick Crouse, 35; Christian Hyle [Heyl] 72; Henry Whetzell, 42.

3. Moved: 1862, Inwood, Marshall, IN. 9

4. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Bourbon, Marshall, IN. 7 Peter Beeker [index in census as Beeker but the handwriting looks like Beecher], farmer, 37, was living with wife Elisabeth, 44; George A., 15; Sarah, 13; James F., 8; and Emma A. 6. Also with them is Wm Rillenour, 35, physician. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, James and Emma in Indiana, and everyone else in Ohio. Peter's farm is worth $2,000 and personal estate $350. On the next census page is Elisabeth's sister, Mary C. (Ridenour) Bell with her husband Aaron Bell.

5. Moved: 1871, , , IA.

6. Moved: 1879, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 9

7. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler: Mr. Beecher and family, of Illinois, relatives of James Ridenour, will make Arkansas City their future home. Mr. Beecher is a carpenter, and builder by profession, and will follow that occupation here., 5 November 1879, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 10

8. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 3 Peter Beecher, carpenter, 49, was living with wife Elizabeth, 55; son George A., carpenter, 25; Frank J., laborer, 19; Emma A., 16. Also with them: niece Serena M. Bell, 5; and brothers-in-law William S. Ridenour, physician, 46, and James Ridenour, jeweler merchant, 39. Peter and his parents were born in Pennsylvania. Frank, Emma, and Serena were born in Indiana. Everyone else was born in Ohio. Elizabeth, William and James Ridenour's father was from Maryland, their mother from Pennsylvania.

9. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 23 June 1880, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 11 We call attention in this issue to the card of Beecher & Son, carpenters and builders, who announce themselves ready to undertake all kinds of work in their line. They are No. 1 mechanics, as their work on Mr. Eddy's new store will testify, and always guarantee satisfaction. Shop on East Central Avenue.
CARD: BEECHER & SON,
Carpenters, Contractors and Builders.
Shop on East Central Avenue. Satisfaction guaranteed in every case.

10. Newspaper: Arkansas City Republican, 14 July 1880, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 12 Messrs. Beecher & Son, whose card appears in another column, are at Willow Springs, Indian Territory, the half-way point between Arkansas City and Ponca Agency, putting up a building for Mr. Dorchester, who intends holding cattle at that place. They left last Thursday, and will probably be gone some two weeks. The dimensions of the building are 16 x 30, one story and a half.

11. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 22 September 1880, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 13 The new building just opened by J. L. Huey, as a bank, is one of the best fitted and most tastefully finished buildings in town. The same was under contract, by Messrs. Beecher & Son, who did the work entirely themselves, and the result is one that reflects great credit upon these gentlemen as No. 1 workmen.

12. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 13 April 1881, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 14 A great improvement in the appearance of the internal arrangements of the Creswell Bank is being wrought out under the skillful hands of Messrs. Beecher & Son, who have the work in charge. When completed this bank, which justly enjoys a large patronage in this vicinity, will be one of the finest business houses in the city.

13. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 25 May 1881, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 15 The new fence around the schoolhouse grounds, under the skillful manipulation of Beecher & Son, to whom the contract was awarded, is rapidly making a show. It is all of pine, and when completed it will add greatly to the appearance of our school property, and be one more added to the list of our city's public improvements.

14. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 16 November 1881, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 16 Messrs. Beecher & Son are busily at work upon the residence of F. W. Farrar, and their having hold of the job guarantees its being done in first-class style. For any and all work this firm can't be beat in Southern Kansas.

15. Book: History of the State of Kansas, 1883. 9
GEORGE A. BEECHER, of the firm of Beecher & Son, contractors and builders, was born in Ohio in 1855, son of Peter and Elizabeth Beecher, natives of Ohio. At the age of seven years, he went with his parents to Indiana, where they remained ten years. In 1871, he removed with them to Iowa, where he learned the trade of his father, which is that of a carpenter, and for eight years in Iowa worked with his father. In 1879, they moved to Arkansas City, Kan., and established their business at this place, locating on East Central avenue. Business has increased about thirty-three per cent since its establishment. Peter Beecher, father of the above, and member of the firm, was married in 1854, to Miss Elizabeth Ridenour. They have five children, three of whom survive - George A., James F. and Emma A. Mr. and Mrs. Beecher are members of the Congregational Church.

16. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 12 December 1883, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 17 Messrs. Beecher & Son have the contract for the erection of Mrs. Morse's new residence in the southeast part of town.

Mr. J. P. Johnson inttends to commence the erection of a residence building in our city shortly. Messrs. Beecher & Son we understand are figuring on the contract.

17. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 23 July 1884, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 18 Messrs. Beecher & Co., who recently put up an establishment just south of the foundry, are now busily engaged in scroll sawing, turning, ripping, bracket, and baluster and every description of wood work, etc., for the execution of which in first-class style they have put in approved machinery. Parties needing this kind of work should call on Beecher & Co.

18. He appeared on the Kansas State census in 1885 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 19 Peter Beecher, gardner, 53, was living with Elizabeth, 58; G. A. 29 carpenter; R. F., 22, stone man; Daughter, 20, miliner; S. M. Bill, 10, and W. S. Ridenaur, 50, vineyardist. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth and W.S. in Ohio. [The column to indicate where they were living before Kansas is blank.]

19. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 29 July 1885, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 20 ATTENTION CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS! Having the only Power Wood Lathe, Scroll and Rap Saw In the City, we are now prepared to do Ripping, Rabbeting, Scroll Sawing, and Turning; make Doors and Window Frames, Brackets, Balusters, Odd Sash and Doors, Counters, Table Counters, etc. Your Patronage Respectfully Solicited.
BEECHER & CO., One Door South of Machine Shop.

20. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler, 7 October 1885, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 21 S. F. Steinberger moved into his elegant and commodious new store last week, in the Frick Bros. building. The counters and prescription stand are the work of Beecher & So., of this city; they are tastefully designed, well made, and the former with their handsome and well filled show cases, present a really fine appearance. Steinberger is a man of taste and irrepressible energy, and his liberal outlay in show bottles, toilet articles, and fancy goods generally has enabled him to furnish and stock as handsome a drug store as can be found in Southern Kansas. The elaborate and ornate gold lettering in his window is the work of Thomas E. Braggins, and reflects credit on his skill as an artist.

21. Newspaper: Arkansas City Republican, 8 May 1886, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 22 J. Young, of Chicago, was in the city the first of the week and purchased 30 resident lots in Beecher & Sons addition. The consideration was $6,500.

John Young, of New York City, made a purchase of 9 lots in Beecher & Son's addition; the consideration was $900.

Rev. T. J. Anderson, of Caldwell, sold two acres of land at the foot of Summit Street, to W. J. Halleck of Topeka, for $2,000. Mr. Halleck also purchased four lots in Beecher & Son's addition, paying for them $450.

Ten lots in the Beecher addition were sold to Mrs. Wing, of this city; the consideration was $1,000.

F. W. Farrar purchased 5 lots in Beecher addition, paying $500 therefor.

22. Newspaper: Arkansas City Republican, 6 November 1886, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 23 G. C. Beecher has entered into partnership with Jas. Ridenour in the 5th Avenue Jewelry Store. The REPUBLICAN congratulates the new firm.

23. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler article, 17 November 1886, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. The long talked of opening of Ridenour & Beecher's jewelry store will take place tomorrow. This enterprising firm have one of the nicest business rooms in the city, and with the improvement that is going on around them, it will not be many months before they will be in the heart of traffic. They have certainly laid themselves out to do a leading jewelry business. Their counters are elegantly carved and finished, and the show cases and other appointments in modern and most approved style. Their cases are resplendent with the most intrinsic stock of watches and jewelry ever brought to this city. Solid gold cases in every design, for gentlemen and ladies ' wear, three dozen watch chains, solid and massive, and ladies ' chains in every style. Rings, plate, and filligree, are with every choice stone known to the capidary broaches and other jeweled adornment, we have not space to enumerate. In the line of plated ware the finest artist work is displayed, and the liberal provision made of these choice goods seems almost reckless. They are from the factory of Reed & Barton, Taunton, Massachusetts, and all warranted quadruple plated. The cases show a store of spoons till you can ' t rest; napkin rings, sugar shells, silver rings, and other articles we cannot stay to enumerate. On the shelves enclosed in cabinets are tea sets in the most elaborate designs, and contrivances for culinary preparations which the skilled designer has idealized into the domain of art.
This elegant store with its rich and tasteful contents, is another evidence of the advance made by our community in ease and opulence, and credit is due this enterprising firm for their liberality in procuring such a stock, and the taste and skill they have shown in their selection.

24. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler advertisement, 15 December 1886, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. Gold and silver watches in every variety at Ridenour & Beechers, Fifth Avenue Jewelry Store.

25. He appeared on the census in 1895 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 24 Peter Beecher, 63, was with Elizabeth, 69; Emma, 31; and S. May Bell, 20. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth in Ohio, and the others in Indiana. Everyone's occupation was farmer and all came to Kansas from Iowa.

Next door is G. A. Beecher, 40; Sadie P., 33; Carl A., 5; and Maggie, 2. G.A. was born in Ohio, Sadie in Illinois, and the children in Kansas. G.A. was a carpenter who came from Iowa. Sadie came to Kansas from New Mexico.

The post office Arkansas City. The township is Bolton.

26. Newspaper: Arkansas City Traveler: "Peter Beecher is laid up with a fractured shoulder. He was hauling fodder Monday when he got his foot caught in the lines and fell from the wagon. The wagon wheel was backed against him, injuring his shoulder.", 2 February 1898, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 25

27. He appeared on the census in 1900 in Bolton Twp., Cowley, KS. 4 George Beecher, farmer, 45, born Jan 1855, was married for 13 years to wife Sadie, 38, Sept 1863. She has birthed two children, both alive in 1900: Carl A., 10, Oct 1889; and Maggie, 8, Apr 1892. George and his mother was born in Ohio, his father in Pennsylvania. Sadie was born in Illinois, her father in Ohio and mother in Indiana. The children were born in Kansas.

Living next door is George's father, Peter Beecher, farmer, widowed, 68, born Oct 1831 in Pennsylvania where his parents were born. He is with his daughter, Emma A., 36, born Feb 1864 in Indiana. Her mother was from Ohio.

28. He appeared on the census in 1910 in Bolton Twp., Cowley, KS. 26 Peter Beecher, 78, widowed, was living iwth daughter Emma A., 46. He and his parents were born in Pennsylvania, she was born in Indiana and her mother in Ohio. Peter's occupation is "Fruit Farm", which he owned.

29. Newspaper: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: "P. Beecher and daughter Emma moved to Arkansas City this week. Mr. Beecher recently sold his fruit farm to a man east of Arkansas City who will reside there.", 22 July 1910, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 27

30. He appeared on the Kansas State Census. P. Beecher, 83, carpenter born in PA, living with Emma, 51, born in Indiana. Lived in Iowa before Kansas. Census in 1915 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 28

31. Newspaper: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: John Ridenour visitng Peter Beecher, 21 August 1915, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 29 Mr. and Mrs. John Ridenour of Rochester, Ind., are in the city visiting at the home of Peter Beecher, 214 North Fourth street. Mr. Ridenour is a brother-in-law of Mr. Beecher and a brother of James Ridenour, who died in this city a number of years ago. They will return to their home Monday accompanied by Mrs. Sarah Ridenour, who has been visiting in Arkansas City for the past several weeks.

32. Newspaper: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: His 87th Birthday, 15 October 1918, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 30 Peter Beecher, of 214 North Fourth street, yesterday celebrated his 87th birthday, at which time a delicious three course dinner was served by his daughter, Emma Beecher, assisted by his granddaughter, Maggie Beecher. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beecher, Mr. and Mrs. Al Beecher and daughter, and MIss Emma Beecher were present on this occasion. Mr. Beecher is an old timer in Arkansas City, being a carpenter and he has helped to build numerous houses in the city and the surrounding country. He is hale and hearty, having earned $60 working at his trade during the past summer. Only yesterday he was able to be out and do a day's work. He is well and favorably known here and he has reared a splendid family in this vicinity. His friends will wish him many more happy birthdays.

33. He appeared on the census in 1920 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 31 Living at 509 N Fifth in a home he owned was Geo A. Beecher, occupation "builder, house", 64, widowed. He was living with his sister Emma, 55, single; father Peter, 88, widowed; and two lodgers. George was born in Ohio, Emma in Indiana, and Peter in Pennsylvania.

34. Newspaper: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: Peter Beecher Quite Sick, 24 September 1921, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 32 Peter Beecher, who resides with his son at 509 North Fifth street, who has been quite sick for the past several days, is reported to be somewhat improved today. He is one of the best known residents of this community and he is a building contractor by trade. For a man of his age he has been very active until recently. His many friends in this city will hope for his speedy and ultimate recovery.

35. Newspaper: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: "Peter Beecher, of North Fifth street, who has been quite sick for several weeks past, is reported to be improving at this time and he is able to be up and around the house now.", 6 September 1922, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 33

36. Relatives To Research: please email jonathan@searchtrees.com for latest info. Following are people related in some way to Peter Beecher. (Family in earlier years used surnames Bicher and Bucher.) Further research is needed to establish relationships, please email jonathan@searchtrees.com for latest info.

Elizabeth Bicher b.1827
http://www.SearchTrees.com/tree/13546.htm
She married Charles Heyl and Peter is living next to Christian Heyl in 1860.

Henry Bicher b.1822
http://www.SearchTrees.com/tree/4449.htm
Could be the Henry Bicher who witnesses the will of Conrad Heyl in 1859 and was then living in Fairfield County, but formerly of Franklin County.

Peter was living in Mifflin Township where these other relatives lived, all born in Pennsylvania. All later move from Ohio to Indiana.

Henry Beecher b. 1823
http://www.SearchTrees.com/tree/4469.htm

William Beecher b.1826
http://www.SearchTrees.com/tree/4470.htm

Benjamin Beecher b.1801
http://www.SearchTrees.com/tree/4350.htm

William Beecher b.1831
http://www.SearchTrees.com/tree/4366.htm

37. Death Certificate: Kansas State Certificate 218 1065, 16 June 1924, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 6 Place of death: Cowley, Arkansas City, 509 North 5th Street.
Name: Peter Beecher
Residence: 509 North 5th Street
Male, white
Widower
Wife: Elizabeth Ridenour
Date of birth: Oct 14 1831
Age 92
Occupation: carpenter
Birthplace: near Reading, Penn.
Name of father: John Beecher
Birthplace of father: U.S.A.
Maiden name of mother: Elizabeth Sauda (handwriting could be Sanda)
Birthplace of mother: U.S.A.
Informant: G. A. Beecher, 509 N 5th, Arkansas City
Filed: 6-16 1924 by C. A. Snyder
Date of death: Jun 13 1924 3:30 PM
Cause of death: chronic nephritis about 2 years
Clarence Zugg M.D.
Burial: Arkansas City June 16 1924
Undertaker: J H Oldroyd


Peter married Elizabeth A. Ridenour, daughter of George Ridenour Sr. and Mary Sterritt, on 12 February 1854 in , Franklin, OH.1 2 (Elizabeth A. Ridenour was born on 30 April 1825 in , , OH,3 34 35 died on 15 February 1900 in West Bolton Township, Cowley, KS, USA 1 35 36 37 and was buried on 18 February 1900 in Arkansas City: Hope Cemetery, Cowley, KS 35 37 38.)


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1 Ridenour, Melvin Otho, Ancestors Are Forever, a Ridenour Collection from 893 AD to 2000 AD (17 September 1991, p 144. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/e/i/James-A-Reitnauer/FILE/0001text.txt online).

2 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of January 1, 2006), Batch #: M513353, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 0285144 V. 6-7, Printout Call #: NONE, Dates: 1853 - 1862.

3 1880 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Arkansas City, Family History Library Film 1254377, NA Film Number T9-0377, Page 482C.

4 1900 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Series: T623 Roll: 476 Page: 82.

5 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40080313.

6 Kansas Death Certificate (Kansas State Board of Health, Office of Vital Statistics. http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/), Death certificate 218 1065 for Peter Beecher, 13 June 1924.

7 1870 United States Census, Indiana, Marshall County, Bourbon Township, Series: M593 Roll: 342 Page: 24.

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14 Arkansas City Republican (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), APRIL 13, 1881.

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16 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 16 Nov 1881.

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18 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), July 23, 1884.

19 Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Cowley County, Creswell Township, Roll KS1885_28 Line 9 Family 100 Page H7.

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21 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 7 Oct 1885.

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23 Arkansas City Republican (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 6 Nov 1886.

24 Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Roll: v115_29 Page 25.

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26 1910 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Series: T624 Roll: 435 Page: 100.

27 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 22 Jul 1910, page 2.

28 Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), 1915. Arkansas City. Page 36-37.

29 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 21 Aug 1915, page 5. John Ridenour visiting brother-in-law Peter Beecher.

30 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 15 Oct 1918, page 8. Peter Beecher's 87th Birthday.

31 1920 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Arkansas City Ward 4, Series: T625 Roll: 527 Page: 264.

32 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 24 Sep 1921, page 9.

33 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 6 Sep 1922, page 5.

34 1850 United States Census, Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township, Series: M432 Roll: 680 Page: 85.

35 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40080385.

36 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40035419.

37 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 1900 Feb 17, page 5. obituary of Elizabeth Beecher.

38 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas), 1900 Feb 17, page 2. Funeral of Mrs. Peter Beecher.



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