Beam Family Reunion Gastonia Gazette, N. C. 8-15-1947 p. 7

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Beam Family Reunion 
Gastonia Gazette, N. C. 
8-15-1947 p. 7 - Political Pot Boils At 23rd Meet Of Beam...
Political Pot Boils At 23rd Meet Of Beam Descendants Several Gaston county men. who hold either responsible county or slate jobs, were caught by the camera Thursday afternoon at New Prospect Church in eastern Cleveland county, as they waded into the food furnished at the 23rd reunion of the Beam clan. Left to right, they are as follows: Bate B. Gardner, 'vice-chairman of the county board of commissioners and local Democratic bulwark; Tom Edison of Dallas, superintendent of the women's division of-the state prison' at, Raleigh; Clyde Robinson, former sheriff : and now director of North Carolina's penal system; Basil L. Whitener (wearing hat). solicitor of the Httrjudicial district: Sheriff Hoyle T. Eftrd;' Fred Shuford falso with hat), .county tax supervisor; W. Elaine'BeaifTof Cherri'ville, president of the Beam clan; and Ralph Gardner of Shelby, vice-president. (Photo by Ennis Atkins.) by Third Mine Blast In Five Months . . . Mine Disaster In Illinois Kills 3 WEST FRANKFORT, III., Aug. 15—(/P)—Three men were killed and two others slightly injured last night in a mine explosion which brought hundreds of people to the shaft fearing it was a third major disaster in southern Illinois within five months. For more than two hours, a crowd of about 2,000 milled around the property in the belief .that many of the night crew of about 100 men had been killed or trapped. Not until about II o'clock when many of the workers came to the surface, unaware of the blast, Has the worst of the shock and two-hour suspense dispelled. Harold L. Walker, state siiuer- ntendent of mines and minerals, aid the blast "probably was ft local local gas explosion." One man. wor)t- ng in a neighboring entryway, said ic saw a cloud of smoke and dust n the area but that he did not know there had been an explosion until he reached the surface'after he night's work. Mine company spokesmen said only the five men were in the blast area, and that all other workmen been accounted for and were not injured. The accident occurred between :30 and !) p. m.. mine officials Sec MINE BLAST, P-4 it MILITARY RITES FOR GOL. MILLER Kuneral services for Col. Tony Miller, (iastonia nrar hero who died at Walter Retd Hospital in Washington, I). C., Wednesday at 6:30 p. m., wilt be held here Sunday Sunday afternoon, it was learned today, today, hut .the time, and place of funeral are not yet known. The body of the late AAF flier is expected expected lo arrive in Qastonia by train at 10:13 o'clock Saturday morning. Carolhers Funeral Home will have charge of- funeral arrangements. arrangements. The parents, Dr. and Mrs. Rob- erf C. Miller.'were located about See TOXV MILLER, P-4 Tell Own Tale Of Lust Lurid Love Letters In The Overell Trial Are Scanned By The Jurors SANTA .ANA, C'alif,. Any. 15.— (.-?•>—The lurid love letters of two colltgUns charged with murder today were in the hands of a jury that scanned the passionate, missives missives for a possible motive for the yacht blast slayings of Mr. and Mrs. Waller E. Overell. The private correspondence ol George (Bud) Golhim »nd his sweetheart, Louise Overcll, was admitted as evidence as the state concluded ifs 12-wtfks prosecution. prosecution. Bui the hundreds who stormed the courthouse, intent upon hearing the secrets of the young lovers, werr. disappointed as they had to watch the jury read in Mlcnrc Ihf letlers exchanged exchanged by Held atirl Louise in jail. Most of Ihe 304 persons who crowded into Judge Kenneth Morrison's Morrison's tiny courtroom rushed nut- side into •»• corridor when they heard a newsboy shout the news of the Overell trial. In their newspapers newspapers thejr avidly read the news that had been denied them. The courtroom had been as quid and motionless, all day, as a mausoleum. All day long the jury had read, letter by lejler, the 10.000 10.000 words of erotic correspondence correspondence thai pavsed between Louise, Ihe 18-year-old heiress to (he $350.000 estate of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Overell, and "Bud" Gollum, the 21-j«ar-old Navy radioman who won her heart in his letters from overseas. The largest crowd of Ihe trial, which started May '!fi. was drawn Sec LOVE LETTERS, P-l —BV LYLE EDWARDS— (Gazette City Editor) About 1,000 persons, most of them descendants of John Teeter Beam, oimder of the Beam clan, gathered it New Prospect Baptist Church in Cleveland county Thursday noon in ihe 23rd annual reunion of th. Beam family. Charles M. Johnson, state treasurer, made the principal address and David P. Dellinger of Cherryville acted as master ol ceremonies. ceremonies. Th<! occasion attracted political figures from this section and from the state capital, with State Treasurer Johnson beine joined by Hathaway Cross, commissioner u, paroles; Edwin Gil), commissioner commissioner of revenue; Basil Whitener of Gaslonia, solicitor of the 14th judicial district; Bate Gardner of Gaslonia, vice chairman of the Gaston county commissioners; and many others. These dignila- ries mixed politics with good food. Following the speaking programs during the morning, a bountiful picnic picnic lunch was spread on a table about 100 fett in length, climaxing the day's activity. The Johnson family of singers from CharloUc rendered vocal music during the program. program. The following officers were elected elected to serve during the next year'. W. Elaine Beam of Cherryville. president: president: Ralph Gardner of Shelby, vice president: nnd Mrs. Hugh Brl- lis of Shelby, secretary. Prizes were awarded to the following: following: Mrs. Susan Beam Jones of Carole«n. Carole«n. oldest mother present, 89 years and also mother of most children, 12; and John Beam Gaffney, oldest man present, 79 years. FOUNDER'S KISTORV John Teeter Ream, recognized as founder of the Beam clan, was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1732. Ir». Germany, his name was Kaum, but it was changed after lie came to America to live. Passage was gained by bounding himselt into slavery for a period of (wo years, it is snUI, and he worked out his freedom after arrival In Charleston, S. C., at the age of 35. The eldest Beam had married in Switzerland and worked as a weaver. weaver. After gaining his fr«dom. he settled on Beaver Dam creek ,n Gaston county, but later moved to the present location of New Prospect Church to make his home. BUILT CHURCH There he built the New Prospect Church, opening II as a Church but welcoming all fpi'Vs U later became Baptist. Beam lived to reach the ripe age of la joars p >nd was an elder at the time ot death in the church he founded. Hr .- ered 15 children. °nc of tho'mo:-t prominent pastors pastors ever to serve New Prospect Baptist Baptist was Rev. T. Dixoii, f 3 iu.. "Thomas Dison, fumous au thor, playwright, and actor. The elder Dixon served this church 36 years and. was recosn^pfi ai one the pioneer Baptist ministers of this IM—

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