The Breeze – July 13, 1911 – Page 7

Died on the Train.

Undertaker Wickersham received a telegram last Friday to meet the train upon its arrival, and when it came it was learned that Mr. R. F. Allen, of City Point, below Jacksonville, had died shortly after the train left Pensacola. He had been west for a couple of years and realizing that the end was near was trying to return home before it came.

The body was taken from the train and prepared for shipment and sent on that night.

Mr. Allen was a member of the Knights of Phythias and the local lodge rendered what aid they could to the bereaved wife and escorted the body to the train. Monday Mr. Beach received a letter from the secretary of Mr. Allen’s lodge expressing their thanks for the attentions shown Mrs. Allen.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

The Breeze – April 27, 1911 – Page 4

The Baptist church was transformed into a bower of beauty last Wednesday night, with white and green in honor of the wedding of two of De Funiak’s most popular young people, Miss Florence, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Monroe Laird and Glen, the eldest son of Mayor A. L. Beach, who plighted their troth in the presence of a crowd that filled the church to to doors in spite of the showers that dropt nearly all the afternoon, Rev. D. P. Slaughter, of the Methodist church, performing the ceremony, assisted by Mr. Catts, the Baptist pastor.

The coming of the bridal party was heralded by the singing of  “O Fair, O Sweet, O Holy”  by Mrs. Harley Cawthon, Miss Annie Burke Landrum playing the accompaniment with violin obligato by Rosby Brown, and the strains of Mendelshon”s wedding march announced their entrance into the church, Miss Beaulah Morris being the bridesmaid, with Mrs. B. P. Morris as matron of honor, and the best man Lancelot  Hughes. The bride’s other attendants were Misses Jimmie Lou Burkes, Mary Vic Bole, Minni McCaskill, Ossie Berry and Ethel Chapman, while G. D. Campbell, Waverly Wadsworth, Ralph Campbell and Angus McKinnon were the groomsmen. Geo. Cawthon and C. A. Landrum were the ushers, little Walton Flournoy the page and Mark Burk and Gracie Flournoy the flower girls.

After the ceremony the immediate bridal party with a few of the more intimate friiends repaired to the Brown House where a luncheon was served before the arrival of the train on which the happy pair left for an extended tour to New Orleans and other points. On their return they will be at home in the Beach cottage on Live Oak avenue which was the gift of the groom’s father.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

The Breeze – June 30, 1910 – Page 4

Resolutions of Respect

Whereas, the all-wise Creator has seen fit to remove from this vale of sorrow to her eternal home, the beloved wife of our brother A. L. Beach.

And, whereas, we knowing the christian character of Mrs. Beach, her kindly spirit, broad charity to all and her wifely devotion to her husband, we feel that our fraternal sympathy should be extended to those suffering this bereavement.

Therefore, be it resolved by Felton Lodge No. 63 Knights of Pythias that we extend to brother Beach and his children, our deepest sympathy, and commend them to the Supreme Chancellor of the universe, who alone can comfort them in their hour of unspeakable sorrow, and fill in their hearts the vacancy caused by the loss of the wife and mother.

Be further resolved, that a page in our minutes suitably inscribed, be dedicated to her memory, and that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to brother Beach, and further, that these resolutions be printed in the local papers and the Florida Pythian.

R. W. Storrs, B. P. Morris, H. Thornber, Committee.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

The Breeze – June 9, 1910 – Page 6

After months of suffering Mrs. A. L. Beach passed away Monday morning, the funeral srvices being held that afternoon, and Tuesday morning the body was taken to the old home in Ohio for interment.

In spite of her continuous suffering Mrs. Beach never lost courage nor the spirit of cheerfulness that was so much a part of her nature and made her such a universal favorite with both old and young before the disease which finally carried her away fastened upon her. A devout member of the Methodist church, her christianity was of that character which shows itself in acts of kindness and ministrations to the needy, and the idea is felt as a personal one to every one who knew her.

Born in Warren, Ohio, on Sept. 22, 1859, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Downs, who by their frequent visits here for several years are so well and favorably known, she grew up to young womanhood. Her marriage to Mr. Beach was blessed by the birth of three sons, two of whom (Glen and Clarence) are still living, one named Ralph dying in infancy.

Twenty-four years ago the family moved to Florida living in DeFuniak Springs for several years, Mr. Beach being engaged in the saw mill business, but later leaving here for a while, the family located at Grand Ridge, but returned eventually, and have remained here ever since.

In the death of Mrs. Beach the family has lost a most devoted wife and mother, the church an active and useful member, and the town a helpful and energetic worker.

Our most earnest sympathies go out towards the family, in their irreparable loss.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]