Descendants of Hector Eugene Beeken Obituaries


The Sandusky Register – Tuesday, 11-20-1894:

Under heading “Sand Hill” Nov. 19.
Mrs. Fannie E. Harris, wife of J.W. Harris, whose failing health had been noted many times during the past two years, passed from suffering and pain to a higher life, on Monday Nov. 12th, aged twenty nine years. This simple announcement will convey to many distant friends, who have known and loved this patient sufferer, the knowledge that the long struggle for life so bravely borne, has ended. All that medical skill or the loving care of husband, mother and sisters could suggest were of no avail to check the progress of the dread scourge, consumption. The past two winters had been spent in the south without material benefit. Early last spring her last journey back to her childhood home was made, since which time the devotion of loving friends could do no more than lighten the burden of suffering, which she bore so patiently and uncomplainingly to the end. The grief stricken family have the sincere sympathy of the whole community. On Wednesday afternoon a large concourse of friends and relatives followed a flower covered casket to the church at Sand Hill, where the last service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Shumaker. We are requested by Mrs. Beeken and family to express to their kind friends and neighbors their grateful appreciation of the many acts of kindness and sympathy shown them in their recent bereavement……Mrs. Henry Bartow and Mrs. Mamie Stanger, who were summoned here by the death of their sister, Mrs. Harris, returned to their homes in Michigan on Saturday. Mr. John Beeken will remain for a few days with his mother and sisters….


The Sandusky Register – Tuesday, 9-11-1923:


Veteran N. Y. C. Conductor is Crushed Under Wheels at Danbury Today.

George F. Beeken, aged 56, New York Central freight conductor, residing at 1436 Campbell-st, this city, was killed at 1:56 o’clock Tuesday morning at Danbury, according to messages received at the local offices of the railroad.

Mr. Beeken, a veteran employee of the New York Central, was well known in Sandusky. He was 31 years in the services of that railroad. He is survived by his widow and two sons, Eugene, a brakeman on the N. Y. C., and George F. Beeken, Jr. a reporter on the Star-Journal, and two daughters, Mrs. H. A. Gasteier and Marion Beeken.

According to reports from Danbury, Conductor Beeken was killed 50 feet west of the Danbury station by his own train. He is said to have left the telegraph office and walked on the tracks when the train backed up and knocked him under the wheels. The remains were taken to Port Clinton. Further details of the accident were lacking at 3 o’clock this morning.
Funeral services for George F. Beeken, Sr., who was killed at Danbury early Tuesday morning when he was struck by a backing train in the railroad yard there, will be held at the residence, 1436 Campbell-st at 1:30 o’clock Thurday afternoon. The Rev. N. R. H. Moore will officiate and interment will be made in the Sand Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Beeken , a veteran employee of the N. Y. C. railroad, was born in Sand Hill. He was 56 years of age on last Aug. 27. He has been a resident of Sandusky for the past 14 years and previously had lived in Toledo for 18 years. He was one of the best known conductors on the local division of the railroad, and news of his death came as a great shock to his many friends in this city.

His death occurred as he was en route to this city where he was to have finished his run. Mr. Beeken was a member of Sandusky Lodge No. 128, K. of P.; Sandusky Lodge, No. 471 L. O. O. M.; Sandusky Council, No. 1758, k. and L. S. and Order of Railway Conductors.
……ficiating. Interment was made in the Sand Hill Cemetery. The Sandusky Lodge, K. of P., of which Mr. Beeken was a member, conducted services at the grave.


The Sandusky Register – Thursday, 5-12-1881:

Death of Hector Beeken

Another of Erie County’s pioneers has recently been called to his rest, Mr. Hector Beeken of Groton, having died on the 4th inst. Mr. Beeken was born in England in the year 1813, and settled in Groton upwards of 43 years ago. Among the many old settlers who have been removed within the past year, few left behind a better record for robust honesty and general worth, than he of whom we write. He possessed in a marked degree, many of those qualities that entitle men to the respect of their fellows. Of industrious habits and sound judgment, he prospered in the avocation of the sturdy tiller of the soil. He was frugal, but not parsimonious, liberal in matters pertaining to the general welfare of his township, but unostentatious, always ready to assist in a righteous cause, at the same time careful in the distribution of his means. Those who knew him best, grieve the most at his lost, and a large number attended the last sad rites, and stood in reverence as his mortal remains were consigned to the grave, realizing the true import of the words of the ritual, “ashes to ashes and dust to dust”. Mr. Beeken leave a widow and several children, all of whom save one, reside on the old homestead, which he enriched and beautified and from whence his presence is missed and mourned.


unknown newspaper:

“LIGHTNING KILLS MAN ON FREIGHT CAR: Conductor Is Hit by Boldt as Storm Passes Over Train. Sandusky, July 27 – Eugene Beeken, 32, New York Central railroad freight train conductor, is dead at his home here Friday, the victim of an unusual accident. While standing on top of a box car near the station at Vermilion, 22 miles east of here, late Thursday afternoon, Beeken was struck by lightning and instantly killed. A mild electrical storm had broken. It had passed over when there came a flash and a crash. Observers say Beeken was enveloped in a blue flame. He fell. Those near rushed to him. He was dead when they reached his side. He is survived by his wife and three small children. His father, George Beeken, also a New York Central railroad conductor, was killed while switching near Danbury west of here, about five years ago.”

The Sandusky Register – Thursday, 7-26-1928:


Well known Local Railroad Man Hit By Bolt While Standing On Car A bolt of lightning believed to have been attracted by a flat-car loaded with iron, resulted in the instant death of H. Eugene Beeken, 34, well known New York Central railroad conductor, and world war veteran, residing at 1523 Prospect-st., Thursday afternoon at about 2:10 o’clock, near the N. Y. C. depot at Vermilion.

Coroner A. R. Grierson returned a verdict Thursday evening declaring that death resulted from the electrical shock. According to a statement by H. C. Lentz, who was in charge of the train crew, and who was standing about 50 feet from the scene, Beeken stood atop the flat car, which was heavily loaded with iron. The lightning was seen to strike the man, and he fell from the car to the ground, striking his head. Although a severe laceration resulted from the fall, it is believed that death came almost instantly. The fatality occurred about 900 feet east of the Vermilion depot. The body was removed to the Vermilion depot, and later to the Charles J. Andres Sons’ funeral home.

Mr. Beeken was aged 34 years and 18 days, and had been in the employ of the N.Y.C. railroad for about 17 years. Besides his widow, formerly Miss Florence Wilke, he is survived by two sons, Eugene and Billy, and one daughter, Laurene Joyce all of the home; his mother Mrs. Olive Beeken of Sandusky; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Gasteier of Sand Hill and Miss Marion Beeken of this city, and one brother, George Beeken of Detroit. His father George Beeken, Sr. was killed in an accident at Danbury Sept. 11, 1923.

His death will be a shock to his many friends in Sandusky, for he was well known in fraternal circles here. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, No. 844; Sandusky Lodge, B. P. O. E. No. 285; Knights of Pythias, No. 128; and of Commodore Denig Post, this city, American Legion. He saw one year’s service in France during the World War, with a detachment of engineers.

The body was removed to the Charles J. Andres Sons’ funeral home to be prepared for burial, and will be taken to the residence at 1523 Prospect-st this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted from the home Monday.


The Sandusky Register – Friday, 2-20-2004:


AUG. 13, 1923 – FEB. 16, 2004


Hector Eugene Beeken, 80, of 175 Sunset Drive, Sandusky, and more recently of the Parkvue Nursing Home, died Monday evening, Feb. 16, 2004, in the Ohio Veterans Home, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born on Aug. 13,1923, in Sandusky. He graduated from Sandusky High School in 1944, and from Miami University in 1949, with a B.S. in Business.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years with the Signal Corps, attached to the 20th Air Force division, which included service in the Marianas in the Pacific Theater during W.W.II, receiving an honorable discharge.

He was employed with Westvaco Corporation for 36½ years, where he served as vice president and general manager of the Container Division. He served on the Board of Directors of the Fibrebox Association and Chairman of the Technical Committee. In addition, he was a former member of the Business Advisory Council for the School of Business in Miami, a former member of the Plum Brook Country Club, and a member of the Sandusky Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Sines) Beeken, whom he married on July 10, 1947; a son, Scott H. (Paula) Beeken of Cincinnati; daughter-in-law, Connie Beeken of Cleveland, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Bayleigh, Greer, Brandon, Matthew (Kelly) and Adam (Stephanie) Beeken; a great-granddaughter, Anna Beeken; and a sister, Laurene (Marvin) Weilnau of Harleysville, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Eugene Beeken, on Oct. 24,2003; his parents, Hector Eugene and Florence (Wilke) Beeken; and a brother, William Beeken.

Friends will be received 4-7 p.m. Friday in the Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sandusky Library, W. Adams Street and Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870.


Obituary and notices from Sandusky Paper – Saturday, 2-21-1942:

Mrs. Louisa Harris, widow of Alonzo Harris, a widely known and pioneer resident of Groton-tp died Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Floyd Harris, in Bloomingville after a brief illness, aged 78 years, and eight months.

Mrs. Harris is survived by her daughter; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren, and other more distant relatives. Her husband died five years ago and a son, John Harris, died in 1930.

The body is at the Kellar Funeral Home and will be returned to the Harris residence in Bloomingville Sunday afternoon, where friends may call and where services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Roy S. Smith, officiating. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery.
The Rev. Owen T. Williams of Monroeville will conduct funeral services for Louisa Harris at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Floyd Harris at Bloomingville. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery. It was previously announced that the Rev. Roy Smith would conduct services.
The Rev. Owen T. Williams conducted services for Mrs. Louisa Harris this afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.Floyd Harris, in Bloomingville, and burial was in Sand Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Russell, Charles Clark, Archie Harris, Harold Ridde, John and George Beatty.

Bellevue Gazette – Monday, 2-23-1942:


Mrs. Louisa Harris, 78, widow of the late Alonzo Harris, a widely known and pioneer resident of Groton twp., died Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Floyd Harris in Bloomingville, after a brief illness.

She is survived by her daughter, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Her husband died five years ago and a son, John Harris died in 1930. Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock at the Harris residence. Burial will be in Sand Hill cemetery.


Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) – Thursday, 5-30-2002:

Marian Baymiller, 94, formerly of Sandusky, Ohio, Springfield, Mass., and Lancaster, died of natural causes Monday at The Plaza, Princeton Windrows, Princeton, N.J.

Mrs. Baymiller attended Ohio State University and worked briefly as a journalist.

A 50-year Lancaster resident, she was a longtime member of Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster Garden Club and Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster.

She was a conservationist and supporter of local charitable organizations.

An avid gardener, she also enjoyed crafts.

Mrs. Baymiller moved to Princeton in 1999 to be near her daughter.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late George and Olive Beeken.

She was the wife of the late John W. Baymiller.

Surviving are a daughter, Judith Baymiller of Plainsboro, N.J.; two sons, John S. of New York City and Bernard L. of Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Sandusky Daily Register – Thursday, 12-25-1890:

Martin Beeken, a young man about 21 years old and a nephew of Infirmary Director Liles, died at Newark, O., on Monday last. He will be buried from Sand Hill church this afternoon.


Sandusky Daily Register – Friday, 9-16-1892:

Wilbur Edwin, aged three months, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Beeken, died at their residence on Third street yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. The funeral will be announced later.

Sandusky Daily Register – Saturday, 09-17-1892:

Beeken–In this city Thursday, Sept. 15, 1892, Wilbur, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Beeken, aged 2 months and 21 days. Funeral today from the residence, 226 Third street, at 2 o’clock. Friends of the family invited.


Bellevue Gazette – Wednesday, 7-7-1954:

Brother Dies, Was Prominent Farmer

Funeral services for Henry A. Gasteier, 79, prominent Erie Co., farmer and brother of Mrs. Emma Spayd of Bellevue will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., in the Andres Sons’ Funeral Home, Sandusky, O.

Mr. Gasteier died Monday in his home after a brief illness.

He was a member of St. John’s E and R Church of Oxford Twp., past trustee of Groton Twp., and former member of the Groton Twp. school board. He was also a member and director of the Farm Bureau and the Erie County Automobile Club.

Survivors include his widow, the former Nellie Beeken, two daughters, Mrs. Glenn Shoop, rural Monroeville, O., and Mrs. Donald Meikle, Boston, Mass., and a son Philip of Oxford Twp.

Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery.


Toledo Blade – Thursday, 3-1-2007:


Owner of market was 3-term commissioner

SANDUSKY – J. Philip Gasteier, 79, a former Erie County commissioner who owned the former Gasteier’s Strawberry Hill Farm Market in the county’s Groton Township, died Saturday in Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

He had several health problems. The family did not know the cause of death.

Mr. Gasteier, a Democrat who first ran for county commissioner in 1956 at age 28, was elected on his second try in 1970. He served three consecutive terms from 1970 to 1982. Before that, he was at different times the constable and a trustee for Erie County’s Oxford Township.

“He was a visionary,” his son Chris said. “He wanted Erie County to grow. He had ideas for the county, and he fought for those ideas to be implemented.”

As a commissioner, Mr. Gasteier, was instrumental in establishing Osborn Park in Huron Township, bringing the Sandusky Mall to Perkins Township, and expanding sewer service.

He also helped supervise the construction of the Erie County Care Facility and the restoration of what is now the Erie County Service Center, his son said.

Most recently, from the late 1990s until about 2004, the elder Mr. Gasteier served on the board of Serving Our Seniors, a not-for-profit organization in Sandusky.

Mr. Gasteier, who retired from farming in 1995, owned and managed Gasteier’s Strawberry Hill Farm Market at State Rt. 4 and State Rt. 99 from its inception in 1983 until 1997, when the business was sold.

He and his wife, Mary, whom he married in 1948, also owned and operated Strawberry Hill Farm about a mile east of the market, a 120-acre family farm, which his family owned since 1811. She died in 1980.

Soon after selling the market, Mr. Gasteier opened the Barn, an antiques business, which he ran at the farm homestead until closing it in 2006.

A native of Groton Township, Mr. Gasteier was raised on the family farm, graduating in 1945 from Sandusky High School.

While farming, Mr. Gasteier was at different times a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, sang on WLEC-AM (1450), was a hotel manager, an automotive products salesman, and a sales manager for a meats store, all in the Sandusky area.

Surviving are his sons, Philip and Chris, and four grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow in David F. Koch Funeral Home, Sandusky. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old Calvary Church, Sandusky, where the body will be after 10 a.m. Saturday.

The family suggests tributes to the J. Philip and Mary Ellen Gasteier Scholarship Fund at Perkins High School, Sandusky.


Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Saturday, 11-28-1998:

CONSTANCE JEAN GREER HATTER, 69, of Aurora died Nov. 23. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3201 S. Parker Road. Mrs. Hatter was born in Battle Creek, Mich., on March 25, 1929. She married Robert Hatter, 1950. She was an accountant for Brown and Caldwell. Survivors include daughters Linda Raddatz, Cathy Hatter, Jill Black, Roberta Wyatt, all of Aurora, Kerry Reyes of Michigan, Laurie Kertenian of California; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.


Newark Advocate – Monday, 4-23-1956:

Mrs. Claude Magill

Word has been received of the death Sunday in Sandusky of Mrs. Fern Magill, 72, widow of Claude Magill, a former resident of the Groton vicinity and later of Newark. She was the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Beeken) Harris, and has no known near relatives. The funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Sandusky and burial will be made in Sand Hill Cemetery near Sandusky.


The Sandusky Register – Wednesday, 3-6-1895:

Our little community has hardly recovered from the shock occasioned by the announcement of the sudden death of Mrs. Sarah A. Beeken, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Stanger, at Dundee, Mich., on Thursday evening, February 28, of heart failure. Mrs. Beeken had been for several years subject to sudden and severe attacks of illness, believed to be caused by heart trouble, but comparative good health through the winter lulled the fears of her family and left them entirely unprepared for the blow which has fallen. On the fatal evening Mrs. Beeken was in her usual health and good spirits up to the hour of retiring, and so swift and sudden was the attack that before a physician could be called the struggle had ended. The remains were brought back to the old home where so many years of her life had been spent and on Saturday, March 2nd, were laid to rest beside her husband and son and daughter who had gone on before. An impressive funeral discourse was delivered by Rev. Shumaker, and each person, of the large concourse present, felt the lost of a dear and personal friend.

Four daughters and 3 sons are left to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother, and were all present at the service. They are Mr. & Mrs. Charles Stanger, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bartow, Mr. & Mrs. John Beeken of Dundee, Mich., Mr. George Beeken and wife of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Hector Beeken of Tennessee, Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Harris and Miss Carrie Beeken of Sand Hill, two brothers, Mr. J. W. Liles of Columbus, and Mr. George Liles of Collins, and a sister, Miss Fannie Liles of Columbus, were also present.

The scripture read on this occasion was especially appropriate to the devoted Christian mother and friend who had so faithfully followed the footsteps of the Master. “Write, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for they rest from their labor and their works do follow them”. Her work on earth is ended but her good example and influence will remain in the heart and memories of all who knew her, a more enduring monument than marble.


Sandusky Daily Register – Monday, 12-24-1883:

On Wed., April 13, 1892, Mrs. Catherine Beeken, relict of the late Wm. Beeken and mother of Mr. W. E. Beeken, died at the residence of her son on Third street Tuesday morning at the advanced age of over 81 years. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock on Thursday afternoon.


The Sandusky Register:


The Grim Reaper who is every busy, came stealthily in this community sometime during the early morning of Friday last, claiming as his own Bernita, the youngest of four daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller, living north of town. The little one had some slight throat trouble for a few days, but tho carefully nurtured, was around as usual and no trouble whatever was apprehended. The mother had cared for the child during the night, but upon waking in the morning found her cold in death. The shock to the family and friends and to the community at large, was most severe and wide spread sympathy has been expressed on all sides for these most deeply bereaved. Bernita was born July 11, 1909 and died Jan 31, 1913. The funeral held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon, was attended by a large company of friends and relatives. Rev. Skentelbury spoke most touchingly and helpfully of “For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” The poem “The Borrowed Rosebud” written by J.W. VanDeventer upon the death of is only daughter, a few years ago, seems especially appropriate in this case and is given herewith. (not included in this history)


unknown newspaper, 1942:

April 8 – Charles H. Miller, aged 72 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dan Hatter, on the Lafler Road north of Dundee, at 3:45 o’clock this morning. He was born July 5, 1870, the son of Francis H. and Mary Miller, in Dundee township and had lived in the vicinity his entire life. He married Carrie Beeken of Sandusky, who preceded him in death six years ago. Since then he had lived with his daughters. Mr. Miller suffered a stroke four weeks ago.

He leaves four daughters, Mrs. Hatter, Mrs. Ralph Knowles and Mrs. Lester Sackett of Dundee and Mrs. Earl Heath of Milan; two sisters, Mrs. Irving Moore and Mrs. Grace Todd of Dundee; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The body will be removed from the Fisher funeral home this afternoon to the Hatter residence. Services will be held there at 1:30 Saturday afternoon and at 2 o’clock in the Methodist Church. The Rev. Lorne Carter will officiate and interment will be in Oak grove cemetery.


The Sandusky Register (OH) – Thursday, 7-16-2009:


Patricia Sines Beeken, 84, formerly of Sandusky, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Cincinnati. She had been in ill health for the last several years.

Pat was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Cincinnati, the daughter of Howard and Melva Sines. She attended Miami University and married Hector Eugene Beeken of Sandusky in 1947. Pat was an avid gardener and bird lover and was a member of the Cedar Point Garden Club. She was an accomplished athlete and was the former tennis pro at Battery Park in the late 1940’s and the nine-hole women’s club champion at Plum Brook Country Club several times. In addition to her membership at Plum Brook she was also a member of Sandusky Yacht Club for many years.

She is survived by her son, Scott Howard (Paula) Beeken of Cincinnati; daughter-in-law, Connie Beeken of Christiansburg, Va.; five grandchildren, Bayleigh Beeken, Greer Beeken (David) Wymond, Brandon Beeken, Matthew (Kelly) Beeken and Adam (Stephanie) Beeken; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hector, in 2004; son, Donald Eugene Beeken in 2003; and her parents.

A graveside service is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Sand Hill Cemetery. Groff Funeral Home, Sandusky, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Miami University.

Condolences may be shared with her family at