Biographical sketch of HERMAN BEEHR from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 351-353
Because a man is young, is no reason why he could not have accomplished much in life.History furnishes many examples of great accomplishments by comparatively young men, in every walk of life.Bryant wrote Thanatopsis when he was eighteen years old, Jefferson was a statesman of national reputation by the time he reached his majority, Alexander the Great had conquered the world before his death at thirty-three, and the Savior had accomplished his mission on earth at exactly a similar period of life.To find a worthy place in history it is not necessary to be tottering on the verge of the grave.Herman Beehr, the subject of this sketch, is only in his twenty-fifth year, and while he has, as it were, only laid the foundation for an important life work, the task has been so well accomplished as to deserve flattering notice.He was born in Mussey township, St. Clair county, Michigan, March 22, 1878, and is the son of Charles and Wilhelmina (Wagner) Beehr, natives of Germany, the father having been born in Mecklenberg, the mother in Prussia.They emigrated to the United States in 1865 and located at Mt. Clemens, Michigan.He had learned the trade of a blacksmith in his native land, and equipped and opened a shop at Waldenberg, near Mt. Clemens, which he operated for three years with marked success.But the work was hard, the hours long, and the cash by no means commensurate with the labor, so he moved to Mussey township, where he purchased forty acres of land in section 25, which he proceeded to clear and improve.He was much of a sportsman, game was plentiful and many a day he was lured from his labors by the appearance of game in the adjoining woods.In those days hunting was never time misspent, and he was indeed a poor marksman who returned from the chase without something to show for the powder he burned.
After clearing and improving the forty acres of land he owned in Mussey township Mr. Beehr went over into Emmett township and invested one hundred and twenty acres.This is the farm upon which the family now resides.On this farm he prosecuted his labor with such good results that in time he became one of the most successful and substantial farmers in the township.He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church, active, zealous, and liberal contributors to its support.In politics he is a Democrat, and takes much pleasure in the success of his party.At present he is living a retired life upon the farm, which is managed and operated by his son Herman, the subject.To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beehr three children were born, viz: William married Amanda Brown, is a farmer, lives at Belle River, and is meeting with good success; August married Kate Schroeder, lives on a farm in Emmett township, and they are the parents of one daughter, now six years of age; Herman will be more particularly referred to hereafter.All received the benefit of a good common school education, were given a fair start in life, and each is the owner of [a] comfortable home.
The early years of the life of Herman Beehr were spent upon his father’s farm.He attended school at Capac until he had secured a fair education, and at the age of twenty-one he was given entire charge of his father’s farm, having managed it very successfully several years previously.The same year, 1899, he purchased forty acres of land in Emmett township for himself, which he operated in connection with the homestead.On July 6, 1899, he was united in marriage to Miss Ora Moss, a daughter of Charles and Caroline Moss.The father is one of the prosperous farmers in Mussey township, both parents being natives of Germany and old settlers of St. Clair county.To Herman and Ora (Moss) Beehr two children have been born, Elmer, born September 1, 1900, and Irving, born July 26, 1902.
Both on his own and his father’s place Herman Beehr carries on mixed farming, the products of the farm being mainly consumed upon the farm by the stock.He keeps Durham cattle, coarse-wool sheep and Poland China hogs, with just enough all-purpose horses to do the farm work.At present the land cultivated by Mr. Beehr is one hundred and eighty acres, all well improved.In politics he is an active Democrat, but seeks no favor from his party.He is an Odd Fellow, a Modern Workman, a member of the Grange and of the Knights of the Maccabees.He is a young man of excellent habits, good morals and irreproachable character.As was said in the beginning, he has laid the foundation for a most useful and successful life.
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