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Death Of R. A. Beal

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Day
5
Month
October
Year
1883
Copyright
Public Domain
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It is with feelings of profound sorrow that The Demockat ia called upon to chronicle the death oL one of the leadiug and most enterprising citizens of Ann Arbor. The death of Eije A. Beal, whioh occurred Wednesday, at Iowa Falls, Iowa, where he went some days ago to visit relatives, has cast a gloom over the entire community. Mr. Beal ■was bom in Mace. Ion, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1823. When ten years of age he carne with his parents to this connty and settled in Lima. After a three years residence in the township the family removed to Livingston connty. Here Mr. B. grew to nian's estáte, working with his parents on the farm, toiling early and late, not without hope of reward, but as an act of duty which he owed to his maternal protectors. All the education he ever received ivas in the commen schools ■which the territory and young state then offorded. At the age of 21 he began life for himself, without a dollar in his et or to his credit. After teaching school awhile he saved money enough to parchase a few notions and fancy goods, which he peddled through fhe country. Atter following this business for a year and a half, and having saved some money, he opened a small store in the village of Pinckney, whereheremamed one summer, when he went to Hovvell. Here he remained one year, when he removed to Plamtield, and after a six yeara residence in this place concluded to try his fortune in the now thriving village of Dexter, where he engaged in business in 1853. Having acquired a competency he disposed of his business interests in Dexter and carne to this city to reside, intending to live a retired life, but a man of his active temperament could not live a life of ease and inactivity; therefore in 1869 he purchased the printing establishment of Dr. A. W. Olíase, and immediately embarked in the publication business, including that of the Peninsular Oourier, in which he succeeded beyond his most ardent expeotations. One thing distinguished Mr. Beal among his fellows, and tliat was his championship of the poor. Commencing life as poor as the poorest, he obtained a petency, not by any extiaordinary streak of good luck, but by bard, earaeat work, he knew what the poor bad to suffer, and sympathised with theni in all their troables, and to the deserving he was always willing to lend a helping band. In politica he was a republicau; a delégate to the convention that nommated U. S. Grant for the presidency; alse a delégate to the convention Ihat nominated R. B. Hayes for the same office, and in 1876 he was made a member of the state central committee, and for the greater part of the time was chairman of the executive committee. In 1880 he was brought forward by his friends for the office of governor but was defeated in the convention. Probably mi man had a a more extended acquaintance throughout the state than Kice A. Beal. He was acquainted with a host of politician and wielded a tremendous mflucnce. It was through his untiring efforts that the government located the site for the new pöstoffice building, which stands as a monument to the enterprise of the builder. On his visit west he was aooompa med by his wife who was with him when he died - the cause being typhoid pneumonia. His remains are expected to ari ivo this afternoon from Chicago. Dr. S. A. Jones, who was going into thï co ,ntry to visit n patiënt Saturday, acccmiianied by his little boy, was run inio by a two horse wagon. The occupeiits were thrown to the ground. The doctor was slightly injured in his back and the lad was cut over the eye. The supervisors of the city have been requested by the couacil to spread apon the tax roll the sum of $16,430, which amount will be required for the followmg purposes: General fuud, S!,000; general street fund, $2,000; first, seoond, third, fourth and sixth wards, 81,000 each; flfth ward, S4,()(K); principal and interesten court house aid bonds, $2,YoO. The fair closes to-day. Meeting of the sohool board next Tuesday evening. You can save $1.25 by visiting F. Eettich, Jr's. art loan. The late E. A. Beal was an honorary member of company A. Miss Mollie Hall has returned to the school of design in Cmeinnati. The Dbmocrat and Register were the only papers in the city that boomed the fair. Alfred Black is in the employ of the L. S. fc M. S. E. R. He runs from Tole do to Elkhart, Ind. Mra. Dr. Webb, daughter of W. W. Whedon, died yesterday morning at the residence of her pareuts. Custar's Last Eally! Don't fail to see this great pamting now on exhibition in the new engine house. After next week through coaches wil be run from Toledo to Portland, Maine, over the Grand Trunk road. Notwithstanding the Argus man dit au he could to injure the county fair tiras tur it has been a grand success. Snnday evening the literary exercises of the I. N. L. L., held at Sheehan's hall clrew a large audience. The exercises were very interesting, and the omtions of Peter Dignan, Jr., and Patrick McKernan were splendid efforts. Mr MeK. ooncluded bis address by exhorting his young friends, if they desirec: success in this life, to avoid all evil companions, slmn saloons, and marry yoTtng and their future happiness was assured. Condition of the citv funds for the month ending Sept. 30: Contingent fund, $10,167.37; general fund, overdraft, $ 591.90; firstward fund, amount onhanu, $1S(!.35: secondwardfund. S238.93: third ward rand, overdraft, $728.59; fourth ward fimd, overdraft, 3557.29; fifth ward fond, overdraft, $13.96; sixth ward fund, overdraft, $83(3.35; city cemetery fimd, on lmnd, $16.62; dog tax fund, on hand, $100; delinquent tax fund, overdraft, $533.11; sixth ward entine house, on hand, $350. It is an humiliatingsight to see a ohiei of pólice of a city the size of nu Arbor, íret up before a board of councilmen and inform thom that he is unable to enforce the laws. AVhen asked by the mayor if he the chief -thought anyone else would be more successful, he replied that he had ahvays done his duty to the best of his iibility. Alderman Martin seemed to be shocked when chief Nowland said that he had seen a certain jerson open a saloon door with a key on huiidav and six otüers with him hJe in. He further said that saloons were open on Sundays and all honre of the night, and something ought to be done to enf'iive the liiwH. We have no doubt that the public generally believed the laws and ordinances were lived up to until they learned to the contrary tbrough the statements made by the chief. The Toledo Telegram is autliority for the following statement: Work will be commenced pext week on the extensión of the Toledo and Ann Arbor f rom Ann Arbor to Frankfort, on theshoieof Lake Michigan. The total lengthof the extensión will be 225 miles. The piece to be put immediately nnder construction is that between Ann Arbor and St. Louis, Gratiot county, a distance of 95 miles. An old gradiag between Owosso and St. Louis will be turned to account by the company. J. M. Sterling of Detroit, chief engineer of the Toledo & Ann Arbor, has the plans and estimates completed for commencing work at Owosso at once. The new road is to be called the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan railroad, and will be under the same official control as the present Toledo and Ann Arbor. We have been informeel that considerable dissatisfaction hasgrown out of the Ypsilanti fair. One case in particular is worthy of mention. In the named race trotted on Friday, C. L. Tuomey entered his horse, Lady Clay, and paid the entrance fee to the secretary. Frank Joslin, who put the money in his vest pocket. When time was called the name of Mr. Tuomey's horse could not be found on the books. When asked about it, he was mformed that if Lady Clay trotted it wotüd break up the race. Tuomey v;ib ealled on to the judges' stand and he then and there demanded his money when Joslin took it f rom his pocket and handed it over. The horses were to trot under the National rules, but it is said no rules were observed. Not only this but the race was trotted late in the afternoon and finished after dark. The question naturally arises, why was not the mare entered for the race? Was it because she was too neet for the other naga? Other horsomen f rom here were disgusted with the treatment they received.

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