Biography of James H. Beebe
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Beebe, James H., the popular and genial proprietor of the Globe Hotel of Cleveland, was born in Constantia December 21, 1842, son of Glutia Beebe, also a native of Constantia, born in 1816, one of fourteen children of Nathan Beebe, a native of Vermont, who was a lumberman and miller. He came to Constantia about 1795 and cleared a farm. During the early days of his residence here he had many thrilling adventures on the lake, and in the woods with wild animals. He was noted for his daring and bravery. On one occasion about 1806 while on his way from mill one evening with his horse and homemade jumper sleigh, he was attacked by a small band of wolves. With his axe he beat them off, but they would then get in front of his horse and stop it. He would then fight them away and proceed. This battle was renewed five times with the same results, until the wolves finally retreated with howls to gather reinforcements. Mr. Beebe knowing their nature made all possible haste toward home, and had scarcely reached his destination when the wolves reappeared in large numbers, but he was safe in his cabin home. On the evening of May 10, 1827, he with six other men started to paddle a flat boat loaded with lumber across Oneida Lake from Cleveland to South Bay. At midnight, when about half way across, a storm arose and the waves washed the lumber into the lake. He and a man by the name of Cummings were washed off on seven planks. It was a cold night and six inches of snow fell; their sufferings were intense. After struggling about hopelessly with the waves, Mr. Cummings became chilled and weak and Mr. Beebe being a very large and powerful man of wonderful endurance and endowed by nature with great will power, succeeded in getting his comrade under one arm, while with the other he held the planks together. In this way he battled with the waves for their lives. At about four o'clock in the morning they drifted ashore, poor Cummings still grasped in the strong arm of Mr. Beebe, but not being able to withstand the extreme exposure had expired an hour before. Mr. Beebe died in 1834. Glutia, the father of our subject,was a lumberman, boatman and farmer. He died in 1884. His wife was Christiana Philipps, and their children are: Mrs. Eliza Wiggins of Bernhard's Bay; James, Mrs. Susan Foster (deceased); Mrs. Sarah Kramer of Manlius; Mrs. Rachael Greeley; Alfred, Nathan (deceased) and Richard. The mother now resides at Bernhard's Bay with her daughter. Our subject began life as a boatman at sixteen, and in 1866 he purchased a boat which he run twelve years. In 1878 he purchased the Globe Hotel poperty. which he has since conducted. In connection with his hotel he conducts a livery stable. and keeps boats for his summer guests. In June, 1865, he married Cornelia, daughter of Henry Van Tassel of Redwood, formerly of Jefferson county, and they have three sons: Henry, William and Archie. Mr. Beebe is a member of the Masonic order.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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