GEORGE SYLVANUS BEARD, one of Beaver township's most substantial citizens, resides on a beautiful farm of 289
acres, a part of the Beard section, and owns also 325 acres situated in Green township. Mr. Beard was born on his
farm April 21, 1846, and is a son of Jacob and Sophia (Leitsey) Beard. Extended mention of the Beard family, with
its ancestry, will be found in another part of this work.
George S. Beard was reared on the present farm, and owing to the death of his father while he was still young,
his educational opportunities were somewhat limited. General farming and stock raising have been familiar occupations
with him all his life. For a number of years he devoted a great deal of attention to raising horses, cattle and
sheep, but now he carries on general agriculture and keeps many milch cows, the product of which goes to the creameries
in which his sons are concerned. In 1898 Mr. Beard, together with his brother Monroe, started a creamery just across
the road from his home, which they continued to operate for several years. It is now under the management of A.
W. Beard, son of George S., in partnership with a nephew of the latter, Archie J., who is the son of Frank Valentine
Beard. Mr. Beard's home is one of the most attractive in Beaver township, and on it he has erected what is undoubtedly
the finest barn in Mahoning County, building it himself.
On August 27, 1868, Mr. Beard was married to Caroline Neff, who was born in Canfield township, Mahoning County,
Ohip, and is a daughter of Martin and Catherine (Wilson) Neff, who still survive. Mr. and Mrs. Beard have two children
- Burton A. and Alexander Wilson. The former resides at home, and is his father's right hand man. He married Stella
Rohrbaugh, who died September 25, 1906, leaving three children: Ray A., Arthur R. and Caryl E. The second son
of Mr. Beard, Alexander W., resides at Youngstown, but operates the creamery established by his father and is also
interested in three creameries in Trumbull County.
Politically Mr. Beard is affiliated with the Democratic party in National affairs, but still retains his right
to sometimes differ with its policies. He has never consented to hold oflice, although well qualified, on account
of large business interests; knowledge of the needs of the community, and a large measure of natural judgment and
foresight, combined with the general esteem in which he is held on account of his sterling character. Mr. Beard
is one of the leading members of the Lutheran Church, to which all his family belongs.
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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