Biography of Isaac A. Beers
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ISAAC ABNER BEERS. - An eventful life has been the portion of Mr. Beers, who was born in Tompkins County, New York, February 23, 1839, and here he attended the public schools of the district and graduated from them. Taking the teachers' examinations and successfully passing them, he began teaching when only nineteen years old. He was desirous of entering college and, to obtain the necessary funds, he taught in the district schools, his first one being in Bradford county, Pennsylvania. He retired after his first term there, and returning to Tompkins county, taught the next two terms in his home district. Having saved enough money to enter the academy at Ithaca, the county seat, he enrolled, but war being declared in 1861 he returned home and prepared to offer his services in the cause. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K of the One Hundred and Thirty seventh New York Infantry, and served until the close of the war. The battles in which he participated saw him well to the front where the bullets were flying thick and fast, and some of the battles in which he took an active part were Chancellorsville, under Hooker; the Battle of Gettysburg, under General Meade; the Battle of Lookout Mountain, and the battles on the march through Georgia to Atlanta, having been promoted to commissary of the regiment, and served ash such during the historic Sherman's March to the Sea; he continued in service till the close of the war, taking part in the Grand Review in Washington, and being mustered out at Bladensburg, Md., in June, 1865. He is the only man living in Humboldt county today who has a medal for serving in the Battle of Gettysburg, and this is one of his cherished possessions.

After being mustered out he returned to New York, where he engaged in lumbering for one year and then moved to Galesburg, Illinois, where he resumed his teaching and later engaged in the lumber business. While in Galesburg he married Anna L. Woodward and in the spring of 1869 they moved to Carroll county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming. While residing in Carroll county he was elected county superintendent of schools, which office he held for two years. In 1877 he came to California and located in Arcata, Humboldt county, where he engaged in the carpenter's trade. He contracted for the building of houses in Arcata for a number of years and in 1882 he took charge of a general merchandise store on the Klamath river at Orleans Bar, which business he successfully managed for two years. He returned to Arcata in 1884 and again entered the contracting business, and this he followed for the next six years. In 1890 he was appointed United States Indian agent at Hoopa by President Harrison, and here he remained for three years, creditably performing the manifold duties of his position. In the fall of 1888 he was elected Justice of the Peace of Arcata, but resigned the office to accept the position of United States Indian agent. After his return from the agency he was again elected Justice of the Peace in 1894, and has been reelected every four years since that time. For sixteen years he has been notary public and is the present City Recorder of Arcata, having served since 1894, so that for the past few years he has devoted his entire time and energies to his various public offices.

Mr. Beers is a member of Colonel Whipple Post No. 49, G. A. R., and is an ardent Republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. His marriage occurred September 15, 1868, in Galesburg, Ill., to Anna L. Woodward, a native of Medina county, Ohio. Mr. Beers was bereaved of his wife, October 7, 1914; she was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church, in the fellowship of which her husband still continues. Mr. Beers has been distinguished for his enterprise, and since coming to Humboldt county has entered actively into all public movements that have tended to upbuild the community.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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