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Ellen Kinney Beard dies September 7, 1953
Phebe Maria Beard- February 6, 1957
Bennett Nichols Beard- January 21, 1960
Mary Louise Beard- September 14, 1964
Stanley Drew Beard- July 31, 1970
Myron Gould Beard- December 25, 1974
Dorothy Beard Newberg- May 18, 1991
Geraldine Beard- September 1, 1994
Marjorie Beard Butt- December 2, 1994 Kathleen Beard Elmer- May 12, 2004 Edith Beard Valentine – April 3, 2009 The Saginaw News 1950 Written in Dorothy’s handwriting: ―Mother was in a dither when she heard of our plan to have this done, but when all was over she got quite a kick out of it and continues to when our friends all over town mention seeing it. The picture isn’t good as is the case with most newspaper flash photos.‖ Etta Kinney Hume, Elbert Kinney, Ellen Kinney Beard and Emma Kinney – taken before 1953 [Photo from the collection of Jana L. Jackson] Kathleen, Geraldine, Ellen, Marjorie, Dorothy wearing dresses from the Philippines - 1950 [Photo in the collection of Jill Elmer Jackson] The Willard and Ellen Beard family reunion 1950 L to R: Jacqueline Elmer, Willard Frederick Beard, Hazel Beard, Cynthia Elmer, Hugh Elmer Kathleen Beard Elmer holding Allen Elmer, Ellen Kinney Beard, Geraldine Beard, Gould Beard, Virginia Space Beard, Marjorie Beard Butt, John Butte, Harold Newberg, Dorothy Beard Newberg.
Marjorie Beard Butt, John Butte, Harold Newberg, Dorothy Beard Newberg.
[Photo from the collection of John and Nancy Butte.] ***** Geraldine with Fred and ―Kits‖ (Leolyn Jr.) Griffith- 1959 [Photo in the collection of Jill Elmer Jackson] The grandchildren of Willard and Ellen Beard - about 1950 - photo from the collection of Jill Elmer Jackson Written on back:‖ At Pearl and Bill Tayler’s in Woodstock Conn. June of 1952 Left to Rt. front: Etta Kinney Hume, Elbert C. Kinney, Ellen Kinney Beard Rear: Gould and Virginia Beard, Geraldine Beard, Pearl Tayler, Bertha Richardson Tweed, Mr. and Mrs.
Chamberlin (Pearl’s brother), Dorothy Beard Newberg and Wm. L. Tayler.‖ [Photo from the collection of Virginia Van Andel.] Written on back: ―At Pearl and Bill Tayler’s in Woodstock Conn 7-52 [previous photo said June ‘52] Etta Kinney Hume, Elbert C. Kinney, Ellen Kinney Beard.
Weekend of High School Reunion i
According to Ellen’s death certificate issued is Saginaw, Michigan, Ellen died at age 85 in a Saginaw osteopathic hospital of Recent exacerbation of Cardiac Infarction and Intestinal obstruction with varasio[?hard to read--maybe a varicose condition?] of small intestine. This was discovered during an autopsy.
[From the Saginaw newspaper September 8, 1953] BEARD, Mrs. Ellen K.
4703 Ironwood Street Widow of Dr. Willard L. Beard, passed away at the Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital Monday morning. Age 85 years, Ellen L. Kinney was born March 29, 1868, at Union, Connecticut. She graduated from the Putnam Connecticut High School and attended New Britain Normal School and Oberlin College. She taught school in Connecticut for two years. In 1894, she was married to Mr. Beard. They then went to China and were in missionary service at Foochow, China for nearly 45 years. In 1940 , they retired and made their home in Connecticut until Dr.
Beard’s death in 1947. Since that time she had made her home with her daughters in Saginaw. She attended the First Congregational Church. Surviving are four daughters and one son, Mrs. Harold Newberg, Mrs. W.R. Butt, both of Saginaw; M. Gould Beard, Manhasset, Long Island; Miss Geraldine Beard, New York City, N.Y.; Mrs. Hugh Elmer, Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; also one sister and one brother; Mrs. Etta Hume and Elbert C. Kinney, both of Putnam, Conn. Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Case Chapel. Rev. Harry Suttner and Dr. Hugh Townley will officiate with burial in Shelton, Conn. Friends may call at the chapel from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday and are requested to omit flowers.
***** According to the Memorial Service Book of Ellen Kinney Beard, the pall bearers were Willard F. Beard, Oliver Wells Beard, Daniel N. Beard, Theodore W. Beard, William Lonsdale Tayler, and Seymour F. Valentine. Services were held at the Congregational Church, Shelton, Ct., September 11, 1953. Relatives attending were: Geraldine Beard, Dorothy and Harold Newberg, Marjorie Beard Butt, Virginia Space Beard, Hazel E. Beard, Willard F. Beard, Phebe M. Beard, Stanley Beard, Myra Beard, Bennett Beard, Abbie Beard, Etta Kinney Hume, William L. Tayler, Pearle Tayler, Evangeline Lawson Leslie. [Son, Myron Gould Beard was not listed, so it is unclear if he attended.
Daughter, Kathleen Beard Elmer was unable to attend. Memorial book in the collection of Virginia Van Andel.]
Excerpt from letter dated March 4, 1962 written to Kathleen and family from Dorothy:
I was lucky on the day Astronaut Glenn took his quick trip around the earth. ….I saw the blast-off and all that the TV showed in the morning. It’s refreshing to see a man of his caliber, personality and humility become the nation’s hero, after all the attention given by the nation’s kids to these screw-ball rock-and-roll singers and twist dancers, and wild west gun-men!! I think that event has increased our prestige around the world. I don’t know what to think of more nuclear tests.
***** Jill Elmer Jackson feels that this is Mary Beard – this could have been taken at Century Farm in Connecticut [Photo from the collection of Jill Elmer Jackson]
Obituary of MaryLouise Beard- died September 4, 1964 [Breast Cancer]
Miss Mary Louise Beard, 82, died yesterday afternoon at her home, 564 Long Hill Avenue after a short illness. She was born in Huntington May 26, 1882, and was a descendant of a family which helped found the Town of Milford in 1639. Her father was Oliver Gould Beard and her mother Nancy Maria Nichols Beard.
She attended school in Huntington and graduated from Derby High School in 1901. She was also a graduate of Mount Holyoke College class of 1905. Following graduation she taught for a year in New Haven and for three years in a preparatory school in Santa Barbara, Cal. She also taught for several years and was head of the science department at Monticello Seminary, Godfrey, Ill.
Founded School In 1914 she went to China with her sister, Flora, and founded an American School there for the children of missionaries. I school was established in Tungchou near Peking. This school furnished training for the primary grades through college preparatory work. In 1920 she returned to this country and obtained her master’s degree at Columbia University. Returning to China in 1921 she taught there until 1924.
In 1924, she returned to the family homestead on Long Hill Avenue, Shelton, where she resided the rest of her life.
She was a member of the Shelton Congregational Church being active in the Women’s Missionary Society and a past president of the Connecticut Fellowship of Congregational Women. While head of this organization she traveled extensively throughout the state and represented the organization at the national council meetings.
She was an honorary deaconess of the church and member of the Silver Circle. She was also a member of the Sarah Riggs Humphreys Chapter, DAR. She is survived by a brother, Stanley Drew Beard, retired director of Lederle Laboratories of Pearl River, N.Y.: four nephews, eight nieces, nine grand nephews and grand-nieces and 13 greatgreat-nephews and great-great nieces.
Rites Wednesday Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Shelton Congregational Church. I Rev. George L.
Mann, pastor, will officiate assisted by the Rev. Howard C. Champe, former pastor, and Mrs. Paul Minear, a director of the Church Board for World Ministries. Mrs. Minear will represent Dr. J.B. Carlton, president of the United Church Board.
Interment will be in Long Hill Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. I Cyrus E. Lewis and Son Funeral Home, 148 Elizabeth Street, Derby, is handling funeral arrangements.
***** Jill Elmer Jackson and Cynthia Elmer Amend identified the lady at the right as Mary Louise Beard. This undated photo was probably taken at one of the many meetings where Mary spoke about China. These are probably her curios and Chinese clothing that she purchased while in China.
[Photo from the collection of Virginia Van Andel.]
A tradition began in 1726, when Samuel Beard of Milford paid the ―full sum of Nineteen Hundred pounds good Bills of Publick Credit‖ for the land which came to be known as century Farm at Long Hill in Shelton. From that time on, those who have lived on that land have consistently been committed to strong religious values and concern for others in the community.
Seven generations of the Beard family farmed the land and took an active role in the community and local church.
Mary Louise Beard, who sold Century Farm to United Methodist Homes, served as missionary in China before retiring to the family homestead. According to Edith Valentine, a member of the family who signed the deed to The Homes, Century Farm was well known and everyone loved to visit.
At that time in the early 1960’s, the existing Methodist Homes in West Haven and Danbury were not large enough to accommodate the growing need for quality care for older adults. Bishop Lloyd Wicke appointed a commission to plan and raise funds for additional senior facilities in Connecticut and New York.
In December, 1964, The Health Care Agencies of the New York Annual Conference of the Methodist Church paid $5,000 for an option on 39 acres of land from the estate of Mary Louise. The land was purchased the following year for $120,000.
Wicke Health Center was built first, opening in 1968. Two years later, Wesley Heights began operations. Peg Belden Martin, a newspaper reporter who became one of the first residents at Wesley Heights, kept tabs on the project from the outset.
According to Peg, that first summer, residents lived in a ―cloud of dust and no lawns.‖ They watched as the trees were planted and the streets paved.
In addition, not all the Congregate apartments were finished, so several residents stayed in cottages in West Court and were driven back and forth for meals in the dining room.
Residents soon made Wesley Heights their home, enjoying cookouts, parties, progressive dinners and other neighborly events. A residents association was formed and may issues of concern to residents were worked out.
The first newsletter was published in 1971, with Glen Ketchum Maresca as editor and Peg Belden as publisher.
Early activities included a sewing circle, woodcarving, table games and sing-a-longs. Bingo games and the Flower Fund (now the Sunshine Fund) debuted in October of 1972. By September of 1975, the newsletter included a full page of activities for residents.
That same year, the resident newsletter took note of how caring and concerned the staff members were. In describing Lillian Haurilak, today the administrator of Wesley Heights, editor Maresca noted: ―Who has ever approached Lillian’s door, and not found somebody standing in it, with three or four more outside, while Lillian, between typewriter and telephone, finds the means to smile at one and all and even appears to like to smile, no matter how many times she’s interrupted for no reason at all?‖ Throughout these past 25 years, that same attitude of caring has shaped the lives of all who have lived or worked at Wesley Heights. The joy, the smiles, the laughter… the sorrow, the tears and the sadness have been shared and borne by the entire community. Residents and staff come from all over to make a community of caring and love. It is this which we celebrate today, on Wesley Heights’ 25 th anniversary.
***** In a telephone conversation with Edith Beard Valentine on February 22, 2008, Edith told Jana Jackson that she taught kindergarten at a school near Century Farm. She recalled a beautiful staircase within the home. One day she was at school and saw trucks going by and she realized that they were going to the old farm. She had someone watch her class for her and went over to the farm and saw them knocking it down. There had been a problem with vandals at the now vacant house. Later, after the Methodist Mission home was built, she would take her kindergarten class for a walk over to visit the residents.
Methodist retirement community celebrates silver anniversary Shelton- Calling Wesley Heights ―a place where people feel safe and welcome,‖ the Rev. Walter Everett looked back on the retirement community’s origins as he hosted a rededication ceremony there Thursday.
Wesley Heights, run by United Methodist Homes of Connecticut at 580 Long Hill Ave., opened in 1970. It consists of 90 cottages and 92 apartments.
Everett, chairman of the board of directors, led the 25th anniversary celebration, which drew more than 250 friends, residents and supporters.
Twenty-eight years ago ―the land belonged to Mary L. Beard, who had spent many years as a missionary in China before returning to the family homestead,‖ Everett said.
Beard sold the land, known as Century Farm, to United Methodist Homes in 1967. A year later, Everett said, Wicke Health Center, a 120-resident nursing home run by United Methodist Homes, opened. Two years after that, Wesley Heights opened.
Everett also looked ahead to the future of the complex. ―We propose to build 65 apartments for assisted living,‖ he said, stressing that ―it would be residential rather than institutional living.‖ Everett said United Methodist Homes will undertake a major gifts campaign for the project, which is expected to cost $6.9 million. ―With your help we can expand to meet the needs of our growing aging population,‖ he said.
Edith Beard Valentine of Orange, daughter of Bennett N. Beard, Mary Beard’s brother, reminisced about the homestead.
―I’m sure the family would be very pleased‖ with its use, Valentine said with a smile. ―It was a very religious family.‖ She said her father was one of 10 Beard children — five sons and five daughters — who were born and raised on the farm.