Beam Clan Reunion Galstonia Gazette, N.C. 8-13-1948, p. 5

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Beam Clan Reunion
Galstonia Gazette, N.C. 8-13-1948, p. 5  - Paie S Gardner Is Named Of Beam Clan Solicitor...
Paie S Gardner Is Named Of Beam Clan Solicitor Basil Whitcner of Gastonia was principal speaker Thursday at the 24th annual reunion of Beam family, descendants of Teeter Beam, a native Ger- uan who came to America at an •arly age ind settled in Gaston :ounty. W. Elaine Beam of Cherryville, retiring president of the clan, presided presided at the reunion. Ralph Gardner of Shelby, son of the late O. took up writing and produced "Th« Birth of a Nation," and "The Kiansman." He died three years —MORE ABOUT— G.O.P. -(Begins On Front Paft)- Washington in the last three weeks could match the "intensive" Inter. Inter. Max Gardner and Mrs. Gardner, est shown in the spy investigations, year's vice-president, was elect-1 Rep, Mundt (R-SD), who has head of the clan for the ensuing ' year. The reunion was held again this year at New Prospect Baptist Church in Cleveland county. About 250 attended. The polio epidemic cut the attendance about three- fourths_£i been acting chairman for many of the hearings before the House Un- American Activities Committee, shaped his acceptance in the form of a counter-dare. "I challenge the President," authorize the FBI attracts a thousand or more people from all parts of the Piedmont section. section. LAUDS FAMILY Solicitor Whitcner,. a perennial guest at the reunion, paid tribute in his talk to Ihe part the Beam family has played in the development of this state. He attributed many gains in industry, agriculture, education, and government to the hardy men, and women who are descendants of i the family's founder, John Teeter j Beam, a man who came to America: as a bonded slave and worked his way to freedom and prosperity. "Tile American family," said Mr. Whitcner, "is the basic unit of society, society, and It is heartening to see :his crowd gaiher here to rededicate themselves to attainment of the lofty Ideals of Christian living. Family reunions are wholesome and Christian, and we hope that through the future years, this clan —and others like it—will continue to gather for good fellowship, to renew acquaintances, and j to preserve preserve the blood ties of family relationship." relationship." SPECIAL MUSIC Music was furnished by the Johnson Johnson fnmily of charlotte. After So- citor Whitener's talk, the crowd wved out to the picnic table, Tctching almost 15 feet in length nder the shade trees on New rospect Church grounds, and ate eartily of the delicious food rought In baskets. Dishes were oaded with choice cuts of fried am, chicken, barbecue, potato alad, sandwiches, pickles, anc ther delicacies. John Teeter Beam built New 'rospect Church about 1770, open- ng it as R Lutheran church but vclcomlng all faiths. It later be- ame a Baptist haven. One of Its most prominent ministers was th ate Rev. T. Dixon, father o liomas Dixon, famous author )laywright, and actor. The elde Dixon served the church as pasto "or 30 years and was recognized, a one of the pioneer Baptist mln isters of this section. The stor ?oes that when young Thoma Dixon was a student at Wake For est he was asked to fill the pulp for his father. Reluctantly he nc cepted, but delivered such a bri llant sermon that he made the de cision to follow the ministry. Afte several years as a pastor, Dixon' ake available the evidence sub- antiating or disproving the exist- ice of these espionage activities." Mr. Truinan indicated by his sec- nd Jab at the congressional hear- .gs he expects the Republicans to well on testimony that some gov- rnment officials gave away secrets Moscow agents. His vigorous assertion (hat these quiries are nothing but a red erring left little doubt he will con- nd in rebuttal that the hearings ere staged-managed to take the ublic mind off his cost of living attle with Congress. A week ago the President said othing had been disclosed that was ot already known to. the FBI. He ddcd that a grand "jury also had xiked into the charges. BUY ON OUR BUDGET PUN WEAR WHILE YOU PAY! Sidney's! ON THE BUSY CORNER MAIN AT SOUTH

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  1. The Gastonia Gazette,
  2. 13 Aug 1948, Fri,
  3. Page 9

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