Biography of Fred Bean
Fred Bean remained at home until his marriage, there obtaining a practical experience in general agricultural work. On October 15, 1877, he married Miss Frances A., daughter of Francis and Abigail (Gage) Robbins. Immediately after he moved on to the Robbins homestead, which he has since conducted. Mr. Robbins was born July 9, 1815, in Mason, N.H. In early life he engaged in the lumber business at Enfield, N.H. Here he was married to Abigail Gage, who was born in that town, December 10, 1814. Subsequently he carried on the same business in connection with farming in the town of Sutton, coming from there to Warner in 1873, and erecting the house now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Bean. Both he and his wife continued their residence here during the remainder of their lives, he dying December 10, 1884, and she December 31, 1893. Mr. Robbins, who possessed rare business ability, was a man of fine appearance, tall and well proportioned, weighing two hundred and fifty pounds. Besides carrying on the grain and lumber business in Warner for several years, he was an extensive landholder, owning three farms in Warner and one in Sutton. He bought a good deal of land for the sake of the timber, raising stock on it after clearing it. He made a specialty of sheepraising, in which he had great success. In politics he was a Democrat, and both he and his wife were Adventists in religion.
After his marriage Mr. Bean continued the sheep-raising business commenced by Mr. Robbins, in addition to carrying on the farming. He also superintends one of the other farms, the other two having been disposed of by him. He keeps a large dairy, which brings him the most profit; and he has engaged to some extent in breeding fine roadsters. Mr. Bean was one of the incorporators of the Warner Glove Factory, and is now a Director. He is also a Director in the Farmers’ Fair Association. In Masonry he is quite prominent and active. For three years he was Worthy Master of Harris Lodge, No. 91, F. & A. M., of Warner. He has served as Dictator and Deputy Grand in the Grand Lodge; and for a year he was High Priest of Wood Chapter, R. A. M., of Henniker. He has also been closely associated with the leading interests of the town, having served as Selectman for three years, being the Chairman of the Board for two years of that time. In 1889 he was elected a Representative to the State legislature, where he was active as a member of the Committees on Insurance and on Towns. A stanch Republican, he attends all the local party conventions. He takes deep interest in educational matters, and rendered valuable aid to the community as a member of the Free High School Committee for a period of three years. Mr. and Mrs. Bean have one daughter, Stella May, a girl of thirteen years. The three members of the family belong to the Baptist church. In the society Mr. Bean is a Deacon and the superintendent of the Sunday-school.