Saturday, March 29, 2014

Irvin M & David H Beatty - 1942

Several times during the war brothers were able to reunite. Irvin & David pose for a photo to mark the occasion (and I'm sure send one home to mom and dad!)

December 1942
(L) Irvin Milton Beatty & (R) David Hudson Beatty

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Irvin M. Beatty - WWII

Irvin enlisted in the Navy on September 10, 1941... less than 2 months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. He served on both the cruiser U.S.S. Savannah and on the battleship Wisconsin. During his time he saw a good bit of action and one occasion in particular was a really close call. September 11, 1943 he was on board the Savannah when Nazi planes seriously bombed the cruiser during the battle for Salerno, Italy. He did survive to fight another day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Signs By Irv" - Irvin Milton Beatty

Irvin & Bertha's son Irvin Milton Beatty was a store front sign painter in the 1940's-50's. He painted many of the business signs in the Upper Darby, PA area, South Philly... 69th Street, Island Ave, and other popular shopping districts during that time.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Irvin Hudson Beatty

Irvin was the 3rd child born to Milton & Kate (Hughes) Beatty on May 16, 1897. He served in the Navy during WWI on board the USS Granite State. During the 1920's and 30's he had several professions including installing antennas on houses for the latest craze.... radio. He also worked as a mechanic, insurance salesman, carpenter, any other job he could do to make ends meet during the depression. In the mid 30's he was hired with the Dept. of Agriculture and moved first from Indiana, PA to Williamsport.... and then to Upper Darby, PA.

It's been told that among his talents was cooking, which he did at the local veterans center in Indiana, and also painting.

He married Bertha Mae Kretzer Jan 25, 1919 in Wellsburg, WV... a popular spot at the time to get hitched. They had 4 children: Bertha Mae, David Hudson, Irvin Milton, & Frederick Theodore Beatty.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Milton Beatty Buys a Music Store in Blairsville, PA - 1906

Indiana Weekly Messenger
February 21, 1906
Indiana County Gazette
February 21, 1906

Among the many business endeavors that Milton pursued, in 1906 he bought into a music store business. He relocated the family from Indiana down to Blairsville. This only lasted a year or so before he went back to concentrating on construction and real estate. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

David Hughes Family Reunites - Sept 1895

After 30 years apart, David Hughes arrives in Indiana from Wisconsin and a reporter from the local newspaper documents the tale....

                                Margaret Hughes
                                  (around 1895)


                                           David Hughes
                                         (around 1900)

             Indiana Weekly Messenger
                    September 25, 1895

Friday, February 21, 2014

What Happened to David Hughes?? (Part 2)

As the reunion draws near after 30 years apart, here's the last letter from David to his daughter Kate before he arrives.

Sept 13th, '95,

Linden, Iowa Co., Wis

My dear daughter,

Yours of the 3rd is at hand, glad to hear that you are all well. Aunt Lizzie and my self are well. I am intending to leave here on Monday or Tuesday morning and will be at Indiana by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. All being well will be glad if some of you will meet me at the depot. My love to you all

From your father
David Hughes 

Of course I will do my best to be there on Wednesday evening.

Margaret & Kate around 1865... this is what his wife and daughter looked like the
 last time David had seen them almost 30 years ago.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What Happened To David Hughes?? (Part 1)

One of the strangest and most intriguing characters in our family history is my 3rd great grandfather David Hughes. As you recall in an earlier post, David served two enlistments in the Civil War. Previously I posted a letter he wrote home to his wife in 1864 and it was easy to see the relationship was strained. What happens after the war gets even more interesting. The story I'm told is he comes home and his wife's foster mom tells him he can't see her or his children! Apparently he tries and tries with no success. Eventually the story is he goes to live with his sister out in Wisconsin. Why would she do this is anyone's guess?! One theory is she was widowed and depended on her. She may have feared if David took her away who would take care of her? Or maybe she just really didn't like him!

Several years of research reveals some answers. Yes, he does go to Wisconsin and part of the time he is living with his sister Elizabeth and her husband John Deam in Linden. I also discover that he spends several periods living in a veterans home in Milwaukee. Another revelation is one of his wounds from the Civil War was that he had been shot in the leg. An interesting item that stands out is he lists his mother-in-law as nearest relative and he is widowed?! So just what did Mrs. Holesberry tell him when he came home from the war?? Later you will see he made one more attempt in the 1870's, which would be not too long before this document was filled out. Did Mrs. Holesberry tell him upon his 2nd return that his wife was dead so he would stop trying?? Hmmm

Well whatever happened, 30 years passed and then for another unknown reason to us he makes contact with his wife and now adult children. I'm not sure who found who first. The following is a letter David wrote to his daughter Kate (Milton Beatty's wife) before the big homecoming.



August 14th 1895

My dear daughter

Your letter of the 6th was missent. it was addressed all right. the fault was a bluder of the PM. in making up the mail he sent it to Iowa instead of Wisconsin. It however got here at last and I was greatly relieved as I could not make out the cause of the delay. I am now in haste to answer so that you will get it by Saturdays mail. We are well. I heard from your aunt Lizzie and she is now in Mineral Point and will not be home for a week or so yet. I however am doing well and don't feel worried the least bit. There is now but a short time until I will be picking up my traps in order to make my exit from this vicinity so if you will be so kind you may as well give me what instruction you can about the trains and what you expect me to do when I get there. If you jot the time I will try and make it suit to not disappoint you. That is if you will be so kind as to meet me at the Depot. I will come into Indiana on the train that will be the most convenient for you to be at the Depot when I arrive. I may have some more favors to ask before I arrive. It will be about a month yet till I will be ready to go. I am ward commisioner (the name gives the position away) and I am not through with that yet. 


It will be a couple of weeks yet before I can hand in my resignation. Then I will have some wood to get sister and the potatoes to dig up. That poor old woman must be getting very feeble. I don't know her exact age but she must be between 80 and 90. Any how not much wonder she gets bewildered. I think she must be a great burden for your mother. So you are fattening a chicken, good for you. I hope it is a big one. All statesman, dignitaries, and even preachers love chicken. So does old soldiers. Yes I think they are pretty good to eat as well as to lay eggs and scratch the garden. I wrote to your mother on the 11th on the same day your brother Sammy wrote to me from the Hotel Naugle Blairsville PA, but he failed to tell me the cause of his stopping there over Sunday on the way from Glencairn to Indiana. But I know all the same, it is a pleasure to send you those papers. Will mail one to you along with this. Also one to your mother. From the fear that there is a motive in it of a party I was at last Saturday evening, the old gentleman mentioned is my best friend in these parts. Do write again as soon as you can to keep up my courage for the long trip I am about to make. Give my love to Milton and the babies. A large share for your self. Good bye from your affectionate father.

David Hughes

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Reed Beatty - Life as a Lineotypist

In this final edition of the Indiana Evening Gazette (Nov 7, 1970) in their old publishing building, Reed recalls his days working for the Gazette for over 49 years and the changes he's seen over that time. Both Reed and brother Walter worked for many years for the Gazette. On the right is a portrait of Reed from about 1930.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reed Beatty - Narrow Escape for Reed Beatty and Friends

Reported in the July 6, 1942 Indiana Evening Gazette.... Reed Beatty and his friends have quite a hunting trip.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Milton D. Beatty letter - Nov 3, 1888

Here's the second in a series of letters sent from Milton D. Beatty to Kate E. H. Hughes while they were "courting" at the time. She was a teacher and was often away during the school year.

Indiana PA
Nov. 3/88

My dearest friend Kate-

I received your kind letter of the 28th on Hollowene night and (ashamed to state) have neglected to answer it until this morning. I wish you to know that my neglect does not originate from any disinterest. We have had very beautiful weather this week up to last night. I think it rained all night and was raining this morning when I got up. We were busy husking our barn and got through. Yesterday we only had 5/12 husk. Kate it makes me feel unpleasant to know that you are in a place where there are so many bad characters passing through. Yet when we know that the same one that looks down upon, and cares for us in one place

is in another. We then should not fear but consecrate ourselves to him who is able to the uttermost to protect us. I am glad to know that you are pleased with your school and that the citizens are satisfied with you and further that they are frank enough to say so. I think that there is nothing that so much encourages and lights one up as to have the assurance that their best efforts to do right are felt and appreciated by they for whom we are laboring. So if we think so let us be kind enough to say so. We lose nothing in so saying for every flower on other pathway shall cast its fragrance on our own. I would no doubt be an advantage to you if the school was graded and it would be much better for the scholars, especially where a school as large as you expect that one to be. But I suppose if you do not kick they will not stir. But I trust that your work will yield you a reward. And as time passes by your pleasure may be agitated and increased. So as to exclude all doubt that you have not done your duty

Kate I am almost destitute of any important news at this time and as I have learned by your letter that your people have sent you the ----- papers it’s not necessary for me to state anything in my letter that is in the paper. And there is very little in the paper anyway outside of politics. Your mother went with me to town in the wagon yesterday. She said that she was going to the post office for she was expecting a letter from you. I knew by her conversation that she was very anxious to hear from you.  I told her that I had received a letter from you and that you were getting along very well which seemed to be a gratification to her. The Roof girls were down here accompanied by the Jones’s  two oldest boys. They were on their way to Thomas Lucas’s and they stopped

to get sis and I to go with them. Sis got ready to go with them and I refused to go. Moreheads insisted very much for me to go so I went on account of sis going. Then they tried to get us to promise to go with them to Harry St Clair’s some night. They were trying to gather up a sled load to go. According to this they must be expecting snow or then they are going to try it in the mud. I think they had better wait until the snow comes before they gather a load. You are in no doubt over taxed writing to so many but I hope you will write me another letter as soon as is convenient as I am ever anxious to hear from you.

Yours Truly

Milton D Beatty

Friday, February 7, 2014

Harry Edward Beatty Tree Diagram

Here's a diagram to show where Harry and his family connect in our Beatty tree. This is the family my last several posts have been about. Also another great photo I received from cousins of the Harry branch.

Harry, Nora, Walter, Reed, Meredith, & Aletha (around 1910)

Harry is a great-grandson of immigrant John Beaty and brother to my
 2nd-great-grandfather Milton D Beatty

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Arrival For Reed Beatty

Reed I. Beatty, son of Harry & Nora Beatty, and his wife Florence (nee Minser) Beatty have a new arrival in their home... daughter and first child Helen Louise Beatty.

Indiana Evening Gazette
September 5, 1923

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Bad Day for Harry

Indiana County Gazette
June 17, 1908

Harry, Milton, and most of the other brothers were carpenters at least on a part time basis. As you can see it was a bit of a risky profession, especially 100 years ago.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Aletha Belle Beatty

Aletha Belle Beatty was born December 20th, 1902... the eldest daughter of Harry Edward & Nora Belle (Adams) Beatty. She grew up in Indiana, PA and was very active in the community. Newspaper articles at the time show her in elected roles as archivist for The Dames of Malta, president of The Young Women's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church, and frequent host and player in the Women's Bridge Club. She was awarded first honors in the Class of 1919.

Sometime in the 1920's she started working for Alex Stewart at his hardware store in Indiana, PA employed as a bookkeeper. Alex just happened to be the father of famed actor Jimmy Stewart! During her early years at the store Jimmy was just starting out in acting so he often worked at his father's store as well. Jimmy's grandfather J. M. Stewart also worked there, so it was a real family affair there. Aletha spent her entire working career there until she died in 1953. When Jimmy won his only Academy Award, it was in the front window of this store that his father proudly displayed it.

J.M. Stewart & Co. Hardware - 1931

(L-R) Robert Brady, Clair Doty, J. M. Stewart, Aleatha Beatty, Alex Stewart, Walter Wiggens, George Little, Jimmy Stewart
Aletha with brother Reed - 1939
Aletha, cousin Alice, and sister Meredith
 - early 1920's

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Harry E Beatty weds Nora Adams - 1898

Harry E Beatty, son of William Burton Beatty & Melinda (Miller) Beatty, also the brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather Milton Beatty, married Nora Belle Adams on November 30, 1898 in Indiana, PA. They had five children: Reed, Walter, Harry, Aletha, and Meredith. Aletha will spend most of her life working for the Stewart Hardware store in Indiana... Alex Stewart being the father of famed actor Jimmy Stewart. More on that and the other siblings to come...

Indiana Progress
December 7, 1898

Harry & Nora at the 1939 Beatty reunion

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Alice Beatty on Horseback - Circa 1918

Milton & Kate's daughter Alice riding horse back (front) with unknown friend on back probably on their property in Indian, PA.... this appears to be around 1918.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Milton D. Beatty letter - Oct 24, 1888

Here's the first in a series of letters Milton D Beatty wrote to Kate E. H. Hughes while they were "courting". Kate was a school teacher and was often away teaching in another county during the school year. These are a fascinating look into everyday life of our family 125+ years ago and a rare treat for family research!

Dearest Friend Kate,
I did not get your letter until yesterday evening, about 4 oc, and on discovering that I had used up the last of my writing paper in the last letter I wrote, I saddled up Bird, and rode up to town last night and procured some. Then I have been almost disappointed in writing tonight, and night is the only time I can have to write. I had a little errand up to your house, and after I came back from there I set in and picked about 2 bushels of apples. Then I came upstairs where I am yet trying to pen a few thoughts for you in answer to the loving message which I received. With all this I hope you will understand why you did not get an answer sooner.
Kate you cannot imagine how I was elevated to receive a letter from the hand of one so true and further to learn that you had arrived safe and et with marked success. I think you have a cause to be proud of your convenience in your work. I was afraid you would get a school out in the country and have perhaps a mile to walk from your place to school, but I am delighted that this is not the case. You stated in your letter to me that you had 32 scholars and your people informed me tonight that you have 38 now. When your no. swells to 50 I think there will be no danger of you getting lonesome in school, but your hardest time to put in will be from Friday evening until Monday morning. I am proud to know that you have churches in your little town and especially one as of your choice. More the next thing is they have a good preacher. When I was away from home there was nothing made me feel so much at home as to sit down in a church and listen to a good sermon.

Dear Kate, I would love to write something to you of cheering character but I am afraid my last efforts are in vain. Yet I trust you are not in need of any of that nature. It seems by your state of the weather that you have more rain up on the mountain than we have here. We have had several dry days since you left home. Last Sabbath day was dry (but cold). Monday
following was a very beautiful day, then today was dry the sun shown out all day which made the afternoon a pleasant one. And yet it is a very backward fall for getting the fall work done. We have been trying to get some corn husked. We have to work at a great disadvantage in this part of our work. We take the advantage of bad weather by sledding the corn into the barn on dry days, then we husk when it is raining. We have about 170 bush husked. It is hardly dry
enough to crib. I came out from preaching last Sabbath night a week ago with harry roof (I will not cabitalize) and in our conversation I inquired about his school. He told me they were the dumbest set out there he had anything to do with. He had then about 27 scholars, he asked them what state they lived in and he said there was only 3 that would tell. I think they are all very small. I saw Sam last night. I had a short chat with him. He inquired if I had heard from you. John hammers is clerking at Sim Cunninghams.
There is a band of gypsyss encamped opposite William Johnstens much to the displeasure of your people and Johnstens. I went up to the blacksmith shop this afternoon and their must have been 30 people there to see them among others was Emma Foster. Then when I came out there was 4 of the town ladys, one of them was a Miss Russel. It is now 25 minutes to 11 oc. They are all in bed. I am well and hope you are well also. Of your many correspondents you can write to none will appreciate your message more than I do. And by requesting an interest in your prayers as you are not forgotten in mine, I will close asking you to write again soon.

Good Night, Dear Kate
Yours Truly
Milton D Beatty
Indiana, PA

I hope you will not omit your trip up the mountains, don’t be afraid of worrying me.
A few more questions if not improper.
Is your school a graded one
Are your scholars large or small
What far a class of people are they out there
This is all this time good night