Biography of George T. Beebe
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GEORGE T. BEEBE. In the fall elections of 1912, when the voters of Madison County elected George T. Beebe to the office of County treasurer, they voiced the expression of their confidence in his integrity, his absolute reliability and his ability to handle the affairs of one of Indiana’s leading counties, It is generally found that the people of a community are not slow in recognizing true worth in an individual, and the man selected to handle the financial resources of a section is invariably one who has made a success in his private affairs, In the case of Mr. Beebe there has been no exception to this rule, for his career has been one of earnest effort, concluding in well merited success, a success all the more commendable in that it has been entirely self gained, Mr. Beebe was born at Draw Bridge, Sussex County, Delaware, January 23, 1856, His father, John S. Beebe, was a native of Virginia and an early settler of Delaware, where for many years he was a prosperous farmer. He married Miss Elizabeth Carey, a native of Delaware, and both are now deceased, They became the parents of eight children, all of whom lived to years of maturity.
George Thomas Beebe received his early education in the public schools of his native state, and in 1877 came to Madison County, Indiana, where for a time he was engaged in teaching school. Subsequently he became a student in a private preparatory school at Elwood, and after leaving there taught in the Elwood schools, but gave up his career as a teacher to become a telegraph operator in the employ of the Lake Erie & Western Railroad, He continued in that office and as agent for the road for one year, and then became a bookkeeper for George Harting, of Elwood, continuing with that gentleman for a short period. Coming then to Anderson, he was appointed deputy sheriff of Madison County, an office in which he continued to serve for two years, At that time Mr. Beebe purchased his present abstract and title business from E. E. Hendcoe and Albert Small, and has since maintained his office in the Masonic Temple, where he has the most complete set of abstract books since the first settlement of Madison County, For .a time Mr. Beebe served in the capacity of president of the Citizens Gas Company. He has interested himself actively and intelligently in whatever has affected his adopted city, and has steadily advanced to a place in public confidence. A Democrat in politics, in 1912 he was the candidate of his party for the office of County treasurer, to which he was elected, and from his past record there is no doubt that he will be able to satisfactorily discharge the duties of his high position when he takes the reins of office on January 1, 1914, With his family he is an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he has been a member and liberal supporter for the past thirty-five years, His popularity among all classes is general, and among the members of the Knights of Pythias in Anderson he has numerous warm friends.
In January, 1887, Mr. Beebe was married to Miss Florence Wright, horn near Frankton, and to this union there have been born two daughters, Helen E. and Rachel E. The elder daughter is a graduate of the Anderson high school and completed her education in the State University at Bloomington, Indiana, The younger daughter is attending the Anderson high school. The pleasant family residence, at No, 830 West Eighth street, is located in one of the most exclusive residence sections of the city.