Biography of Constance (Beech) Baker
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Constance (Beech) Baker, who holds the office of city clerk of Wadsworth, is well and favorably known throughout Medina County, where she has always lived. She was born in Sharon Township, the daughter of Harry M. and Carrie (Crane) Beech.

Harry M. Beech was born in Sharon Township, May 27, 1856, and died in 1912. He is buried in Sharon Cemetery. He was the son of S. W. and Mary L. (Shaw) Beech. S. W. Beech was born at Canaan, Essex County, Vt., Aug. 17, 1811. He was the son of Samuel and Mary (Bailey) Beech, who were the parents of eleven children: Phoebe, Mary, Martha, Samuel, Israel, Isaac, Abagail, Thomas, Nathaniel, Elias, and S. W. The father of these children died in 1813. S. W. Beech remained at home with his widowed mother until 1822, and then went to live in Maine with his sister, Phoebe. He came to Medina County in 1834 and settled on a farm in Sharon Township, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died July 22, 1880. He was married in October, 1842, (first) to Miss Sarah Shaw, the daughter of Dr. Ichabod Shaw. They had the following children: Edgar L., born Oct. 1, 1843, died in infancy; Edgar L., born Sept. 1, 1845, died in service during the Civil War, Aug. 1, 1864; and Arthur, born April 10, 1847, died in infancy. Sarah (Shaw) Beech died Aug. 17, 1847, and in September, 1848, Mr. Beech married (second) Mary L. Shaw, a sister of his first wife. To this union were born five children: Arthur, born July 26, 1849, died in infancy; Arthur, born July 6, 1851; John P., born Oct. 29, 1853; Harry M., born May 27, 1856; and Walter E., born Aug. 16, 1857.

Harry M. Beech married Miss Carrie Crane, the daughter of Alfred and Harriet (Adair) Crane. Carrie (Crane) Beech was born in Sharon Township, June 19, 1857, and now resides at Wadsworth with her daughter, Mrs. Baker. Her parents were natives of New England and among the earliest settlers of Sharon Township. To Harry M. and Carrie (Crane) Beech were born two children: Constance, the subject of this sketch; and Dewey E., born May 15, 1884, lives in Cleveland. He married Miss Charlotte Behlen, and they have three children, Louise, Frederick, and Charlotte. A son, Richard, is deceased.

Constance Beech attended the district schools of Sharon Township and was a student of Sharon High School. She was also a student of Oberlin College, where she specialized in the study of music. She has since de.voted a great deal of time to the teaching of music in Wadsworth.

In 1904 Constance Beech married (first) Chester T. Hammond, of Copley Township, Medina County, born Nov. 19, 1869. He was a representative farmer and stockman of this county during his life and died Nov. 18, 1916. He is buried in Copley Cemetery. To Chester T. and Constance (Beech) Hammond were born two Sons: Harry S., born Feb. 20, 1905, attended Ohio Northern University, is a member of the firm of Hammond & Struble, druggists, lives at Wooster; Lee C., born Jan. 5, 1907, attends Ohio Northern University.

On March 19, 1919, Constance (Beech) Hammond married (second) William O. Baker, who was born in Wadsworth Township, June 22, 1874. He was identified with the Hilliard & Curry Company, funeral directors, of Wadsworth, and in later years was a carpenter and builder. Mr. Baker died July 1, 1928, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth. His first wife was Grace Link, who died in 1916, and they had two sons: George W., and Leslie O. Both live at Wadsworth. They are members of Trinity Reformed Church and belong to the Masonic Lodge.

Mrs. Baker has been a resident of Wadsworth since 1918 and has held the office of village clerk since Jan. 1, 1930. She is a member of Trinity Reformed Church and is active in Americanization work throughout Medina County.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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