Rev. Orlando R. Beebe, son of Samuel C. and Currence B. Beebe, was born near Salem, Porter county, Ind., Sept.
25, 1843. At the tender age of three years, his father died, and thencefbrward his support and training devolved
upon the widowed mother. Care was taken to secure for him the benefits of a common-school education. When about
16 years of age he began the struggle for larger advantages than the common school afforded. He accordingly became
a student in the Valparaiso Collegiate Institute, where he was still at work with his books, when, in Aug., 1862,
he enlisted in the Marine Artillery, and was soon with his command in North Carolina, where he obtained a transfer
to the 3rd N. Y. Artillery. Shortly after this transfer the troops in North Carolina were removed in large part
to South Carolina, to engaged in the siege of Charleston. One year from his enlistment he was discharged and, returning
home, again enlisted in an Indiana Regiment the 138th, where he served for a little more than one hundred days
and was again discharged. This was followed by a third enlistment in the 151st Ind. Infantry. Here he remained
until the close of the war. After the war was over and following a year's residence in Chicago, he began business
for himself in Hebron, Ind. Here he became acquainted with and married Miss Laura G. Cain, daughter of Wesley and
Elizabeth Cain. As the fruit of this marriage they have 1 daughter, born Nov. 15, 1875. On the 11th of May, 1872,
having already been licensed by the Hebron Quarterly Conference as a local preacher, and having closed up his business
affairs at Hebron, he began work in the Methodist ministry on Marmont Circuit, Northwest Indiana Conference. At
the conference held in the following September, he was re-appointed to the same work. In the following year he
was appointed to the Winamac charge. After a year of labor at Winamac he became pastor at Argus, in Marshall county.
From thence he removed to Wheeler in Porter county. After a three years' term at Wheeler, Union Mills, in Laporte
county, became his field of labor. His next appointment brought him into this county, to North Liberty circuit,
where he now lives and labors.
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
St. Joseph County
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