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

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