Biography of John H. Beetle
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Beetle, John H., son of James and Ann Amelia (Hathaway) Beetle, was born in New Bedford, August 29, 1855. His father, who died in New Bedford on March 28, 1886. in the seventy fifth year of his age, was a well known and highly respected citizen. Although a native of New Bedford, he spent his boyhood on Martha's Vineyard. but during the balance of his life lived in New Bedford. He early learned the boat building trade and followed it for many years, gaining a high reputation for his product. He was also engaged for some years in business as a ship agent, and served as alderman under Mayor French. He was a quiet man, possessing a dislike for display, but withal, of shrewd ability and foresight, John H. Beetle was educated in the New Bedford schools, and was graduated from the High School with the class of 1873. He early began to learn the boat building trade under his father, and in 1881 engaged in business as a boat builder on his own account. After his father's death he continued the latter's well established business in company with his brothers, James C. and Charles D. The former retired at the end of the first year, and he continued his association with the latter until 1891, when he withdrew from the business. In 1883 Mr. Beetle had commenced to survey lumber and continued this business, while carrying on his boat building interests, and in 1883 was made lumber surveyor for the city, which position he still holds. He has been engaged, to a considerable extent, by the firm of Greene & Wood. He married in 1882, Lottie, daughter of Artson K. Dennison of New Bedford, and they have four children: Ruth D., Ralph D., Clara and Carl N.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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