Beam Family Reunion 8-4-1949 Gastonia Gazette, N.C. , p. 7
Reunion Of Beams Set In Cleveland County This Year The Beam family reunion—traditionally one of (he biggest family gatherings in Cleveland county—will be hold this year on August 18 at the remodeled and expanded New Prospect Church, it has boeii announced by Clan President Ralph \V. Gard- | ner. j Many people from the Cherryvilte \ nrc-a, where a larpe portion of the j beam dejcendcnts are living, willf attend the reunion. Several thousand ckscendents of John Teeter Beam, founder of the family, are expected to gather at New Prospect on the Thursday before the third Sunday in August— traditional meeting day of the tribe —to hear Edwin Gill, former commissioner of revenue and paroles com- mlssioncr and private secretary to ex-Goverr.br Clyde Hccy, aiio will be guest speaker on the all-day program. CHfjRCH REMODKI.KD Tiie former one - room historic church, originally built in the year 1801 by John Teeter Beam for his own denomination — Lutheran—but opened to all denominations, lias been completely rebuilt and modernized and a three-story education- si department added at the rear. New picnic tables,have been in- Called upon the church grounds of New Prospect Church to accommo- dat« the several thousand members of the elan who are expected to attend the reunion this year. .The annual gathering of Die Beams was interrupted during the war and the polio epidemic last year was a factor in the unusually small group which attended. President, Gardner stated that attendance this year, It is "anticipated, will return to prewar numbers. Special music will be rendered by Mrs. Robert Gidney, who will also direct group Einging. A prize of an $80 Zenith PM-AM »<«o donated by the Zenith Radio Corporation will be awarded, as well as numerous smaller prizes in recognition of honor guests. It was announced at (he same tint that A. K. Beam's "Sketches of tie Life of J. T. Beam and His Fifteen Children up to the Third Gtmtration," originally printed in ItSS, has been reprinted by the partners of the I). A. Beam 'com- P»ny and will be placed on sale at the reunion for the eosl of the printing:, Tnis only work of the Beam genealogy has been out. of print for more than half & century and copies have become rare. Officers of the elan expressed their enthusiastic approval of the plan to have it reprinted. Dr. E>. B. Lattimore of Shelby is at present preparing a new Beam genealogy and has made the request that any descendents of John Beam eldest son oi John Teeter Beam, who was born in Switzerland and who married a Miss Mary Hoyle of Lincoln county, furnish him with a record of the progeny of that branch of the family.