Benjamin R. Beach is well known in business circles of Knoxville as the manager of the lumberyard of the Pauls
Lumber Company here, which is the oldest established yard in the city. He was born in Muscatine, this state, on
the t4th of July, 1878, a son of Benjamin and Mary J. (Mason) Beach. His father was a coppersmith by trade but
in his later life engaged in the grocery business. He held a number of local offices, being postmaster for eight
years and county overseer of the poor for fourteen years. He was a veteran of both the Mexican and Civil wars and
during the latter part of the Civil war was colonel of the Eleventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was faithful to
his colors and brave in the face of the greatest danger both as a private and as an officer, and his military record
was one of which he might well be proud. For over seven years he fought in the armies of the United States. He
passed away on the 16th of May, 1913, but his widow survives.
Benjamin R. Beach attended the public schools as a boy and youth and after putting aside his text books was employed
in a number of sash and door factories and lumberyards, thus learning at first hand the details of the lumber business.
In January, 1911, he was made manager of the Bussey lumberyard of this county and a year later accepted the position
of manager of the Pauls lumberyard at Knoxville. It was established here many years ago and has always had the
reputation of handling a high grade of lumber and of charging reasonable prices. Mr. Beach's long experience with
the trade and his intimate knowledge of its various branches well qualify him for the responsible position which
he holds and the affairs of the company are in most capable hands.
On the 3d of August, 1904, Mr. Beach was married to Miss Marie Rankin, of Muscatine, a daughter of J. W. and Carrie
(McGowd) Rankin. Mr. and Mrs. Beach have become the parents of two children, George Rankin and Mary Wells.
Mr. Beach is a member of the Presbyterian church and politically supports the republican party. His fraternal allegiance
is given to the Masonic order and the Woodmen of the World. He belongs to Oriental Lodge, No. 61, A. F. & A.
M.; Tadmor Chapter, No. 18, R. A. M., and Melita Commandery, No. 64, K. T. As a business man and in all of the
relations of life he has guided his conduct by high principles of ethics and the respect in which he is universally
held in Knoxville is fully merited.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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