Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hazel Edna Beckham

Hazel, Frieda, Grace and Bessie Beckham

When Hazel Edna Beckham was born on December 26, 1897, in St James, Missouri, her father, Green, was 40 and her mother, Ollie Agusta Glenn, was 33.

In 1900, Hazel E. Beckham was less than a year old and lived in Dawson, Missouri with her father, mother, 2 brothers, Loyd and Roy, and 2 sisters, Bessie and Frieda.

In the1910 Federal Census, Hazel E. Beckham was 11 years old and lived in Dawson, Missouri with her father, mother, brother, Roy, and 2 sisters, Frieda and Grace.
She married Jerd Mikkelson on February 9, 1916, in Phelps County, Missouri. 

Hazel and Grace (her sister)


In the 1920 Federal Census, Hazel E. Mikkelson was 21 years old and lived in Dawson, Missouri with her husband, Jerd. 

Hazel and Delmar Rinehart

In the 1930 Federal Census, Hazel E. Mikkelson was 32 years old and lived in Dawson, Missouri with her husband, Jerd. 

Peter, Clara, Jerd, Hazel, Martin, May, Charley Mikkelson

In the 1940 Federal Census (dated April 1, 1940), Hazel Mikkelson was 42 years old and lived in Dawson, Missouri with her husband, J.P., and her father, Green Beckham. 

Hazel did a lot of needlework while her father was staying with them.  She said that she like to sit with him in case he wanted to talk to her.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Frieda Elizabeth Beckham

Hazel, Frieda, Grace and Bessie Beckham
Frieda Elizabeth Beckham was born on February 10, 1898 in Phelps County, Missouri.

Frieda as a young girl

Ollie Glenn, Loyd, Grace, Roy, Bessie, Frieda, Hazel and Green Beckham

The first documentation that Frieda lived in St Louis is from this postcard that was mailed in March 25,1915

Letter to Bessie

 This is page one of a six page letter that Frieda sent to her Mother on November 23, 1915.  Frieda explains that she is dating a married man, who is trying to get a divorce, but he cannot locate his wife.  Frieda pleads with her Mother, not to tell Bessie because she is afraid that Bessie will tell George.

On May 24, 1917, Frieda marries Fred William Eckstein in St Louis, Missouri

They have two children: Dorothy Mae Eckstein born December 19, 1919 and
William Loyd Eckstein born Dec 15,1923.

In 1920, Fred, Frieda and Dorothy are living in a rented house in St Louis City.  Fred is a treasurer for a Structural Company.
1926, they are living in East St Louis and Fred is working as a salesman for Kinder and Kinder

Cousins: Dorothy & Bill Eckstein; Ivan & June Copeland; Kenneth & Laverne Beckham

Ollie Marie Rinehart, Dorothy Eckstein, Ivan Copeland, Grandpa (Green) Beckham, Delmar Rinehart

1928, they are living in the same location and Fred is working in real estate.

In 1930, Fred and Frieda are living in a rented house in Wellsville, Montgomery County, Missouri. Fred is working as a chiropractor, Frieda does not work and Dorothy and William are attending school.

In 1937, Fred and Freida are renting an apartment at 427a Botanical Ave, University City and Fred is working as a chiropractor. Dorothy is attending school and William is working as a clerk and living on Boyle Ave.

In 1940 Fred and Frieda are living with Frank and Dorothy Mee Roback (Frieda's Daughter, Dorothy Mae).  Frank delivers vegetable, Dorothy does not work, Fred works 40 hours a week as a chiropractor and Freida works 50 hours a week as a maid in a private home. William, 16, is a sophomore in high school and does not work.

Visits to St James recorded in Hazel's journals

1968:Robert and Frieda Scheidt came to my home evening April 17th, we visited in St James + Loyd and Lula April 18.
they left my place morning 8:30 April 19th (rain)

1968: Frieda + Robert staid all night with me Sept 18-1968

1969: July: Cecil + Ollie Marie + I (Hazel) went to St Louis to visit Frieda, in Jewish hospital after- effects (gold shots)

1969: Grace visits Freida in St Louis

1969: Oct. 28th Robert Scheidt two daughters, Opal and Alma + granddaughter Mary brought Frieda and Robert to visit Loyd and me. Frieda + Robert real poorly

1973; Dorothy & husband Bud Ferguson from Texas & Frieda came to visit me (Hazel) June 5.

1974: June 10th Grace Beckham Copeland and her daughter June came to Columbia to visit Grace's nephew, Kenneth Beckham in the VA hospital. Then they came to St James and on St Louis to visit Frieda.

Frieda died on April 19, 1980 and is buried in Sardis Cemetery, Jewett, Leon County, Texas.  Her daughter, Dorothy is buried there too.  Link to Frieda's marker
Link to Dorothy's grave marker  
Link to Fred Eckstein's grave marker
Link to Robert Scheidt's grave marker

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Roy Robert Beckham

LR: Loyd, Green holding Roy, Ollie Agusta Glenn and Bessie Beckham

Roy Robert Beckham was born on May 22, 1892 in Dawson Township, Phelps County, Missouri.

Roy as a young boy

Postcard sent to Roy by a young admirer

In 1910, he is working on the family farm and on March 13, 1913, he married Christina Frances Dittmeyer.

WW I Draft Registration June 6, 1917

Roy in his conductor's uniform

 1920 Census: St Louis Ward 28, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri:  There a record for Christina Beckham (23), married, living with daughter, Vivian age 6.  This may be Roy's wife and daughter, no additional records have been found.

Back row: Green and Ollie Glenn Beckham, Front row (L-R) Hazel Beckham Mikkelson, Delmar Rinehart, Vivian Beckham, Grace Beckham Copeland    
At some point, Roy changed his name to Fred C. Harvey.  The reason for this is unknown to us at this time.

1920 Census: Jackson, Boone, Iowa: Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Boarder Possible record as Fred Hardy: no information given for birth or parents or occupation.

1930: Census:  Bloomfield, Polk, Iowa: Roy is listed as Fred C Harvey.  He is married to Ethel and living with Ethel, Ethel's daughter, Lucille E Elwood and her Mother Martha Bingham.  Fred is a conductor for the city railway. 

 December 20, 1937: Christmas card sent to Green in care of Hazel from Ft Des Moines, Iowa, signed Roy.

1940 Census: Fort Des Moines, Polk, Iowa: Roy is living with Ethel and working as a conductor for the streetcar company. More information

June 19, 1942: Roy sends a father's Day card to Green,  return address is Fred C Hardy, Des Moines, Iowa, but the card is signed Roy.

A note about Roy's name change written on an envelope containing some of his letters to the family.

Roy died on October 28, 1950.   Buried with wife, Ethel, in Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California .  The California death index lists him as Roy L Beckham and his Mother's maiden name as Glenn.  His marker reads Fred C Harvey.  Link

Ethel Hardy continued to correspond with Hazel Beckham Mikkelson.  Ethel Hardy died in 1975.  Link