Biography of Frank R. Beer
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Frank R. Beer. One of the most prominent figures in newspaper circles in North Central Ohio, Frank R. Beer, who died Dec. 13, 1927, was widely known as secretary and general manager of the Ashland Printing Company. He was born in Ashland, Nov. 24, 1868, the son of Thomas Milton and Alice (Urie) Beer.

The early education of Frank R. Beer was received in the public schools of Ashland and he attended Wooster College. Throughout his life he was interested in newspaper work and as a young man was associated with his father in the publishing of the Ashland Gazette, a semi weekly newspaper. After the death of his father in 1903, Mr. Beer accepted the position as manager of the printing department of Hess & Clark, Inc., in which capacity he served for 15 years. During this time he also maintained his interest in newspaper work as a director of the Ashland Times Gazette. In October, 1918, he again became active in newspaper work, being associated with George Hildebrand in the Times Gazette, and on Jan. 1, 1919, a consolidation was effected with the Ashland Press, Mr. Beer becoming secretary and general manager of the new organization, which position he held until his death. Edgar Koehi was associated in the newspaper field with Mr. Beer in the new consolidation. Mr. Beer served as a director of the Ohio Select List of Daily Newspapers and had been a director of the First National Bank of Ashland for several years.

Mr. Beer took a prominent part with Judge Benjamin W. McCray in the formation of the first Ohio National Guard unit in Ashland, the outfit being formed on March 5, 1901, under the name of Company E. Mr. Beer was captain of this company for five years, and later became acting major in the Ohio National Guard. He held the latter office at the time of his resignation from military service. He always retained an interest in Company E, however, and several years ago organized an organization, which was composed of all men who had served in the outfit. For many years he was a member of the Ashland city band and the Ashland military band.

On Aug. 22, 1900, Mr. Beer was united in marriage with Miss Edith Newcomer of Ashland, Ohio. She resides in this city. A sketch of their son, Robert M. Beer, who is secretary of the Ashland Printing Company, publishers of the Ashland Times Gazette, appears elsewhere in this history.

Mr. Beer was a member of Ashland Blue Lodge and Chapter of the Masonic fraternity, the Council and Commandery in Mansfield, and Al Koran Shrine in Cleveland. He was also a member of the Ashland Lodge, B. P. O. Elks, Colonial Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Ashland Lions Club, and belonged to the Ashland Country Club, being widely known as an ardent golfer.

Mr. Beer held membership in the Presbyterian Church of Ashland. Besides his widow and son he is survived by his mother, Mrs. T. M. Beer, who lives at 220 Pleasant Street, Ashland, and is now 95 years of age. A sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Moherman, also lives in Ashland. His brother, Harry Caleb Beer, died in this city in 1902.

From:
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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