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Mary Alice Bell and William Nickolas Beechwood
Mary_Alice_Bell_Closeup.jpg (27923 bytes) Christmas Day, 1900 Mary Alice Bell Beechwood
William_Nickolas_Beechwood.jpg (46349 bytes)   William Nickolas Beechwood

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

     
     
George_Winifred_Beechwood.jpg (80815 bytes) April 22, 1935 Wedding of Mary Winifred Rapp and George Eugene Beechwood.  Maid of honor is not named.  Best man is George's brother John Jacob Beechwood.  George and John were two of the sons of Mary Alice Bell and William Nickolas Beechwood.

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

John_Beechwood_Jr_Cowboy_1940.jpg (38051 bytes) About 1940 John Jacob Beechwood, Jr.

Photo courtesy of John & Liz Beechwood III

Siblings_Xmas_1946.jpg (89769 bytes) 1946 Children of John Jacob Beechwood, Sr.  John Jacob, Lois Ann and William Thomas.  William died at the age of four from Rocky Mountain spotted mountain fever.

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

John_Beechwood_Jr_HS.jpg (68854 bytes) About 1953 John Jacob Beechwood, Jr. High School photograph.

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

John_Beechwood_Sr_Niki_tombstone.jpg (95304 bytes) About 1974 Veronica (Niki) Beechwood with her grandfather John Jacob Beechwood, Sr. at the tombstone of John Thomas and Maria Louise Bell in St. Paul, Kansas

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

John_Beechwood_Sr_Justin.jpg (190363 bytes) April 1982 The last photo taken of John Jacob Beechwood, Sr.  He is holding grandson Justin Emery Beechwood.

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

Louise_Bell_McAndrew_painting_web.jpg (157004 bytes) Date unknown Painting of Louise Bell McAndrew Volmer, owned by Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry.  The painting has been in their family for many years and was passed to Niki by her grandmother, Helen Keras Beechwood.  

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

Louise_Saunders_painting.jpg (127204 bytes) Date unknown Painting of Maria Louise Saunders Bell, owned by Winifred Rapp Beechwood.  Winifred is the widow of George Beechwood, one of the sons of Mary Alice Bell Beechwood.  The painting has been in the family for a long time and there is no record of when it was painted or by whom.

Photo courtesy of Veronica (Niki) Beechwood Curry

The next six photos come from the 1961 letter John Jacob Beechwood, Sr. wrote to Bernadette Jarboe Kelly.  This was after the death of his sisters Viola Beechwood and Mary Beechwood Coverdale.  They were all children of Mary Alice Bell and William Nickolas Beechwood.
Barbara_Alice_Beechwood.jpg (82993 bytes) About 1950 Youngest daughters of John Jacob Beechwood, Sr.  Barbara and Alice about 4 and 6 years old.
Beechwood_home_NJ.jpg (75971 bytes) About 1950 Home of John Jacob and Helen Beechwood, Sr. in Jobstown, New Jersey.
Lois_Ann_Beechwood.jpg (71737 bytes) About 1951 Lois Ann Beechwood, age 10.
Johnnie_Beechwood.jpg (88863 bytes) 1955 John Jacob Beechwood, Jr. in the Air Force
Johnnie_Beechwood_hare.jpg (78416 bytes) About 1954 John Jacob Beechwood, Jr., age 15 with an English hare.  Probably taken in Jobstown, New Jersey.
Lois_and_Cow.jpg (60761 bytes) 1953 Lois with her prize winning heifer in 1953, when she won the state championship for 4H clubs.
John_Jacob_Beechwood_p1.jpg (323176 bytes) September 26, 1961 Letter from John Jacob Beechwood, Sr. to Bernadette Jarboe Kelly
John_Jacob_Beechwood_p2.jpg (290124 bytes) September 26, 1961 Letter from John Jacob Beechwood, Sr. to Bernadette Jarboe Kelly
John_Jacob_Beechwood_p3.jpg (109890 bytes) September 26, 1961 Letter from John Jacob Beechwood, Sr. to Bernadette Jarboe Kelly
From the collection of Josephine Gander.
Alice_Beechwood_5x7.jpg (111587 bytes) About 1912 Alice Magdalen Beechwood (1909 - 1912), daughter of William Nickolas and Mary Alice Bell Beechwood.  Buried at Calvary Cemetery, Coffeyville, Kansas.
Viola_Bernadette_Beatrice.jpg (88741 bytes) 1914 First cousins:  Viola Beechwood, Bernadette Jarboe, Beatrice Bell.  Viola's mother was Mary Alice Bell Beechwood, Bernadette's mother was Gertrude Lee Bell Jarboe and Beatrice's father was Joseph Emory Bell.
Viola_Beechwood.jpg (147164 bytes) Around 1914 Viola Beechwood, a daughter of Mary Alice Bell and William Beechwood.  Mary Alice Bell was the oldest daughter of John Thomas and Maria Louise Saunders Bell.

John Jacob Beechwood's widow Helen Keras Beechwood died October 29,2000.  The family gathered at the Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas in May 2001 to bury her ashes with her husband, who died in 1982.  These photos were sent by Niki Beechwood Curry.

Beechwood_family.jpg (72978 bytes) 12 May 2001 The Beechwood clan! Taken at KC Masterpiece in Overland Park, KS on May 12, 2001. This was the first time that Dick had seen his first cousins (John, Lois, Alice, Barbara) in from 20-40 years (depending), so it was quite a reunion. (L to R): Alex Dingman, Barbara Beechwood, Alice Beechwood Dingman, Nicholas Beechwood, Ellen Beechwood, Dick Beechwood, John Sommers, Mary Sommers, John Beechwood Jr., Lois Beechwood Sommers, Niki Beechwood Curry.
John_Dick_watch.jpg (99533 bytes) 12 May 2001 This is John J. Beechwood Jr. and his first cousin, Dick Beechwood. Dick is explaining to John about the watch he's holding. This watch was handed down from William to his son Emory, to his son Dick Beechwood.
Watch.jpg (86875 bytes) 12 May 2001 This is the watch that originally belonged to William Nickolas Beechwood. That's an elk's tooth at the end of the chain. He must have been a member of the BPOE, as that is stamped into the gold surrounding the base of the tooth. The scrap of paper you see is a close-up photo of William's youngest child, Alice Magdalen, who died at the age of 3 in 1912. The photo is thought to have been there since it was taken, in about 1911.
Alice_Barbara_Niki.jpg (118386 bytes) 13 May 2001 Alice Beechwood Dingman, Barbara Beechwood, Niki Beechwood Curry shown here observing the men digging the hole in which Helen Beechwood's ashes would be buried. She shares the same plot as her husband, John Jacob Beechwood, Sr. -- we placed her urn over his heart. Taken at Calvary Cemetery, Coffeyville, KS on 13 May 2001.
Everyone_at_site.jpg (131828 bytes) 13 May 2001 Being true to the indomitable Beechwood spirit, we weren't about to let the solemnity of the occasion of burying Helen "get us down" any sooner than it had to. There was actually a great amount of joking and laughter, as we each recalled various "Mom/Helen/Grandmom" incidents throughout our lives. The church was good enough to allow us to actually dig the hole for the urn ourselves, so we each got our turn (if we wanted it--and everyone did) with the shovel. Taken at Calvary Cemetery, Coffeyville, KS.

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