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

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