Benjamin Franklin Beacher Sr.
Sarah Jane Jacobs
Henry Calvin Snyder
Lizzie Ann Smith
Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr.
Bertha Priscilla Snyder
Evelyn Ruth Beacher


Family Links

1. Alden Kenneth Horn

Evelyn Ruth Beacher 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

  • Born: 1 Apr 1906, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 1 3 5 6 10
  • Marriage (1): Alden Kenneth Horn on 23 May 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 2
  • Died: 8 Jul 1956, Allentown, Lehigh, PA at age 50 3 5 6 9
  • Buried: 11 Jul 1956, Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 3 5 6 9

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Republican Herald, 5 Apr 1906, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 11 B. F. Beacher, the North main street confectioner, is all smiles over the arrival of a bouncing baby girl at his home. Mother and child are doing well.

2. Census in 1910 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 12 13 The 1910 census recorded owning the home and candy store at 35 North Main Street: Benjamin F Beacher, confectionery merchant, 33, living with wife Bertha, 25; daughter Ruth, 4; and son Paul, 1. Also in the home was his father Benjamin Beacher, Sr., 65, and Cora Smith, an 18-year-old servant. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Newspaper: Republican and Herald: Ruth Beacher Entertained Friends., 2 Apr 1913, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 14 Miss ruth Beacher entertained a number of her friends at her home yesterday afternoon, in honor of her seventh birthday. Games were played after which dinner was served and the guests returned to their homes, voting Miss Ruth a charming little hostess. Those present were Ruth Godber, Dorothy Bernhart, Ruth Supowitz, Marie Kistler, Nettie Cale, Alice Scheider, Anna and Isabelle Wilkinson, Dorothy Foltz, Mona Murphy, Freda Purcell, Ruth Beacher and Master Albert Harrox, who acted as usher.

4. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Miss Blance Snyder and brother, Kenneth, today returned to their home at Allentown after a pleasant visit to their sister, Mrs. B. F. Beacher. They were accompanied by niece, Ruth Beacher, who will spend her vacation at Allentown., 31 Jul 1914, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 15

5. Newspaper: Evening Herald: United Evangelical Sunday School. The annual Christmas exercises of the Sunday school will be held on Christmas evning at 7 o'clock. Program: <snip> Solo, "Under the Snow," Ruth Beacher, 24 Dec 1917, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 16

6. Newspaper: Evening Herald: A delightful time is assured all who attend the recital given tomorrow by Miss Ruth Kistler in Trinity Reformed Church. The recital will be preceded by piano solo, "Grande Poka de Concert," Miss Ruth Beacher., 21 Apr 1920, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 17

7. Moved: 31 Oct 1924, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 18

8. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Miss Ruth Beacher and brother, Bruce, returned to their home at Allentown after a pleasant visit with relatives in town and Shenandoah Heights. Miss Beacher is a student at the Boston Conservatory of Music., 3 Jan 1925, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 19

9. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: E. Ruth Beacher Honor Student of Boston Conservatory, 19 Jun 1927, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 20 HONOR STUDENT OF BOSTON CONSERVATORY

Miss E. Ruth Beacher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher, of 224 South Sixteenth street, Is an honor student of the senior class of the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston. She took part in the annual concert of the graduating class this week. Mr. and Mrs. Beacher and their son John have left for Boston to attend the concert and graduating exercises closing on Tuesday.

10. Newspaper: Allentown Morning: Ad for music teacher E. Ruth Beacher, 2 Sep 1927, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 21 Situations Wanted Ads
E. RUTH BEACHER Teacher of Piano and Accompanist. New England Conservatory Graduate. 224 So. 16th St. Dial 2-7609.

11. Occupation: orangist, Grace Evangelical Congreational Church on 9 Mar 1929 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 22

12. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Miss Beacher to Give Organ Recital Sunday, 5 Oct 1929, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 23 MISS BEACHER TO GIVE ORGAN RECITAL SUNDAY
Miss Ruth Beacher, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and organist of Grace E. C. church. Fifteenth and Turner streets, will present an organ recital in the church auditorium on Sunday evening at 7.15 o'clock. A feature of the program will be the organ and piano duet with Miss Beacher at the organ console and Miss Grace Arner at the piano. Miss Beacher gives these recitals on the first Sunday evening of each month and they are attracting large audiences. The regular preaching service follows the recital and on Sunday evening the pastor, the Rev. H. E. H. Snyder, will speak on "The Glory of the Church."

13. Census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13 24 The 1930 Census in Allentown recorded owning a $15,000 home at 224 South 16th St.: Benjamin F. Beacher, mechanical engineer, 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. Their home had a radio. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

14. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Piano Pupils Offer Recital, 26 Jan 1930, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 25 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.

15. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Ruth Beacher and Alden K. Horn Wed, on 24 May 1931, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 26 26 The wedding of Miss E. Ruth Beacher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Beacher, of 224 South Sixteenth street, and organist of Grace E. C. church, and Alden K. Horn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Horn, was solemnized Saturday afternoon at 5.30 o'clock in Grace church. Friends and relatives of the young couple as well as many members of the congregation attended the wedding at which Rev. H. E. Snyder, pastor of the church, officiated with Rev. C. P. Kichline, pastor of Trinity E. C. church, assisting. At 5 o'clock, a half-hour recital was given by Mrs. Pierson, of Bethlehem, organist, and Miss Laura Jones, of this city, vocalist, friends of the bride. Miss Beacher was attired in an Empress Josephine gown of pink baptiste, cut ankle-length with a ruffled skirt. Her picture hat was of a similar shade and she carried an old-fashioned bouquet. The bride was attended by Miss Katherine Hardenstine as maid of honor. Miss Hardenstine's costume was of the same style as Miss Beacher's, but baby blue in color. Her bouquet was sweet peas. Burton Horn, brother of the bridegroom, was the best man, and Donald Beacher, a brother of the bride, and Robert Keck, were ushers. Following the wedding, a dinner was served to sixteen guests at the home of the bride. Afterward the couple left for a week's honeymoon trip, the destination of which they have not revealed. On their return they will receive their many friends at 224 South West street. Miss Beacher is a graduate of Shenandoah High school, class of 1924, and of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass., in 1927. She has been teaching piano and serving as organist of Grace church. Mr. Horn graduated from Allentown High school in 1925 and after completing an engineering course in Philadelphia became identified with the Pennsylvania Power and Light company as draftsman.

16. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Beacher Family Entertains, on 30 Jan 1932, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 27 27 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.

17. Residence: on 23 Dec 1949 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 8

18. Newspaper: Morning Call: At Birthday Party, on 16 Jun 1950, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 28 28 Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn entertained at a turkey dinner Saturday night at her home, 1024 Chew St., in honor of her mother, Mrs. Bertha P. Beacher, 1935 Greenleaf St., and her uncle, W. H. Snyder, 1233 Walnut St., who observed their 65th birthday anniversaries last Sunday. They are the twin children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Snyder of Frackville.

Attending were B. Donald Beacher, manager of Westinghouse Electric Co. of the Williamsport area, Mrs. Beacher and children Beverly Ann, Dennis, Duane, Douglas and Darryl; John H. Beacher, entomologist for Allied Chemical Co. of New York, Mrs. Beacher and children David and Jonathan of Teaneck, N. J.; Bruce F. Beacher, chief of soil resourses in the Department of Interior, Washington, D. C., his wife and son Brent from Silver Spring, Md.; Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Beacher and daughter Nancy of Fayetteville, Ark. Dr. Beacher is head of the research department in agronomy at University of Arkansas. All four brothers were graduates of Allentown High school and were active in scouting circles in Allentown. Mr. and Mrs. Alden Horn and children Anne and John Alden. Mrs. Horn is the organist at Grace E. C. church.

19. Cause of Death: Ruth died at Allentown Hospital from cerebral hemorrhage due to essential hypertension., 8 Jul 1956, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6

20. Occupation: organist on 8 Jul 1956 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6

21. Residence: 134 S. St. Cloud Street, Allentown, Pa. On 8 Jul 1956 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6

22. Obituary: Republican and Herald: Mrs. Alden Horn Dies on 10 Jul 1956 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 9
Mrs. Alden Horn Dies; Native of Shenandoah

Funeral services will be co ducted in Allentown tomorrow for Mrs. Alden Horn, who died in the Allentown General Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Born in Shenandoah, she was the former Ruth Beacher. Her father at one time operated a candy store on Main street and the family is well known here. She left here about 20 years ago and while residing in Shenandoah was a member of the Bethany Evangelical United Brethren Church. Surviving are her husband, Alden; her mother, Mrs. Bertha Beacher, in Allentown; two children, John and Ruth; four brothers, Bruce, Donald, John and Robert Beacher. Funeral services will be held from the Stanley S. Stevens Funeral Home at 1300 Linden street, Allentown, at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Evelyn married Alden Kenneth Horn, son of Robert William Peter Horn and Kathryn E. Neff, on 23 May 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 2 (Alden Kenneth Horn was born on 16 Oct 1909 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 3 29 30 31, christened on 10 Jan 1910 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA,3 died on 15 Jan 1979 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 3 29 30 32 33 and was buried on 19 Jan 1979 in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 3 30.)


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

2, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, Benj F Beacher in entry for Alden K Horn and E Ruth Beacher, 23 May 1931; citing Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States, n 53076; FHL microfilm 2080298.

3 Letter from Anne Horn Ettinger, 27 Feb 2004.

4 Schalk, Adolf W. and Hon. D.C. Henning, editors, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (State Historical Association, 1907. Found in Pennsylvania State Library, R974.863 Sch. 13 V.2), Volume II, pages 44-46.

5 Find A Grave,

6, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 63637. Ruth Horn. Father Benjamin F. Beacher. Mother Bertha Snyder. Spouse Alden K. Horn.

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

8 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (, 24 Dec 1949, page 1. Obituary of Benjamin F. Beacher.

9 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (, 10 Jul 1956, page 8. Obituary of Ruth Beacher Horn.

10, Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1909 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Birth certificates, 1906–1909. Series 11.89 (50 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 43168. Evalyn Beacher. Father Benjamin Beacher. Mother Bertha Patience.

11 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (, 5 Apr 1906, page 4.

12 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Shenandoah Ward 2, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1419; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0086; FHL microfilm: 1375432.

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

14 Republican and Herald (Pottsville, PA) (, 2 Apr 1913, page 4.

15 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 31 Jul 1914, page 3.

16 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 24 Dec 1917, page 4.

17 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 21 Apr 1920, page 1.

18 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 31 Oct 1924, page 8.

19 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 3 Jan 1925, page 8.

20 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 19 Jun 1927, page 5.

21 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 2 Sep 197, page 31.

22 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 9 Mar 1929, page 15.

23 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 5 Oct 1929, page 5.

24 1930 United States Census, Enumeration District 37-38 Visit 430 Sheet 17A.

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

26 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 24 May 1931, page 5. Wedding of Ruth Beacher and Alden Horn.

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

28 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 16 Jun 1950, page 28.

29 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

30 Find A Grave,

31 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Allentown Ward 13, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1364; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0162; FHL microfilm: 1375377.

32 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, 1 Mar 1979.

33 Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, PA (Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania), 18 Oct 1990, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Frances Kline.

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