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Bean, Emil
Bean, Emma


Weimar, Texas, May 31.--Sunday night, near the Colored Odd Fellows Hall, Emil Bean, colored, killed his wife, by shooting her with a .45-caliber pistol in the back of the neck. Shortly after killing her he took his own life with the same gun by shooting himself thru the brain. Their little seven year-old boy was the only witness to the double crime. [Interment in Paradise Garden Cemetery]

[Addition information was gleaned by Bill Stein from records at the courthouse.]

Colorado Citizen, June 3, 1926

Beane, Atha Elizabeth

Last Rites Held For Miss Beane At Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND— Funeral services for Miss Atha Beane of Garwood were held Friday at the Methodist church with the Rev. Paul Grout of Garwood and the Rev. J. G. Greening of Houston officiating with burial in Myrtle cemetery.

Miss Beane died in a Houston hospital after a short illness. She was a member of the Rock Island Methodist church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Clarence Raver of Houston and 2[sic] brothers, James R. Beane of Houston, Raleigh E. Beane of Alleyton, and Guy A. Beane of Columbus, also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were A. H. McClahan, E. A. Frazer, Tom Winborn and M. J. Guiberto, all of Houston, and E. J. Hudson and W. E. Mayes, Rock Island. Atha E. Beane was born to Etta Frances and Maltimore E. Beane Nov. 15, 1885 near Golden City, Mo. At the age of 12 years, she moved with her parents to their home 3 miles south of Rock Island, attended Rock Island schools, after which she took a course in millinery, opening her own shop in El Campo. Later she went to Houston where she continued in millinery and office work, ______ did abstract work. Later, as her parents were alone she gave up her work and came back to be with them in their declining years. She joined the Methodist church at the age of 18 and was a Sunday school teacher for a number of years. Since her father’s passing in 1956 she has made her home in Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, September 8, 1860, page 8

Beane, Elsie (Houdmann)

Mrs. Elsie Beane, 80, of Eagle Lake, died Monday, April 2, 1990 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born on July 10, 1909 in Burlington, Live Oak County, a daughter of Victor and Elise Sommerlatte Houdmann, and was one of 11 children. She married Jesse Leo Beane in Nordheim on June 1, 1931. They soon moved to Eagle Lake area where they spent most all of their lives. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she loved her family and enjoyed her vegetable and flower garden and her Church. She was an active, faithful member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and the Sunshine Sunday School Class. She retired in 1980 from the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after 20 years of service working as a dietician. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1958; a son, Victor Edward Beane; brothers, Ed and Charley, sisters, Clara and Edna. Survivors include four daughters, Rose Marie Perry of Columbus, Lou Emma Layton of Rosenberg, Ettie Lavene Brewer of Eagle Lake and Alma Lorelle Bradshaw of Houston; a son, J.L. Beane Jr. of Blessing; four sisters, Rozina Atchinson of George West. Ema Naumann of Columbus, Olga Dooley of Pleasanton and Martha Witt of George West; two brothers, August Houdmann of Oklahoma and Gus Houdmann of George West; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held at 2p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 from the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Runk officiating. Burial followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Grandsons serving as pallbearers were Charles Allen Perry of Cypress, David Lane Beane of Blessing, Royce Layton Jr. of Houston, Michael Wayne Brewer of Rosenberg, Victor Allen Brewer of Eagle Lake and Bryan Herbert Marquart of Houston. Elsie was a warm, loving, caring person, who put her heart in everything she did. She was deeply loved by her family and friends. We will always remember the love she shared. She will be missed by all. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; April 5, 1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Beane, Guy Arville Jr.


Guy A. Beane Jr., passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, at Columbus Community Hospital after a battle with cancer.

He was born on April 23, 1939, in Columbus, to G.A. and Norma (Glithero) Beane Sr. He was a 1957 graduate of Columbus High School and married Deanna Joy Woehst of Columbus in 1958.

He served his country as a non-commissioned officer in the 124th Armored Division, Texas Army National Guard. A graduate of Wharton County Junior College with an associates degree, he received a bachelor of science in agriculture and a masters of education degree from Southwest Texas State University.

He devoted his career to the area's youth. After short stints teaching science at two area high schools, he spent over 20 years providing guidance to the students of Rice Consolidated High School as a vocational counselor.

Beane was also active in Alcoholics Anonymous and recently received his 25-year sobriety chip.

He was a life-long resident of Colorado County and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his former spouse, Deanna Woehst Beane of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law Rachelle and John Peralta of Del Rio; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Jacqueline Beane of Columbus; four grandchildren, Connor Peralta and Joshua, Lauren and Nathan Beane; and, brother Richard Beane of Hollister, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 28 at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor John Hunsicker of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Guy will be long remembered as a loving father and a wise counselor.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Beane, Guy Arville Sr.

Beane Sr.

Graveside funeral services were held for G. A. Beane, Sr. on Sunday January 11, at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Walker officiated.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Beane was born on September 7, 1895, in Amity, Missouri to M E. Beane and Ettie Frances Lincoln Beane. He married Norma Glithero Beane on December 31, 1937.

The family moved to Rock Island, in the early 1900’s.

Mr. Beane was self employed as a farmer and rancher. He has lived in Columbus since 1944 and he was affiliated with First Methodist Church of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Beane of Columbus; two sons and daughter-in-law, Guy Beane, Jr. and Deanna Beane of Columbus,and Walter Richard Beane of Branson, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Rachelle Beane and Ryan Marcus Beane of Waco.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 1987, page 2

Beane, James Reynold


James Reynold Beane, 70, of Ramsey, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 1995, in Vencore Hospital in Houston.

Born July 13, 1925, in Coulter, in Colorado County, he was the son of Raleigh Edward and Nida Marie (Buffington) Beane. During World War II, Mr. Beane served with the U.S. Army Air Corps 7th bomber Command with campaigns in the Eastern Mandates, Western Pacific and Ryukyus. On April 12, 1949, he began a 20-year career with the U. S. Air Force, at various times assigned to the 354th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, the 240th Bomb Wing Maintenance Squadron of the Strategic Air Command, and the 75th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing of the Tactical Air Command. Among his citations, he was awarded the Purple Heart on Sept. 20, 1944 for wound received in action in the Marshall Islands; the Korean Service Medal; Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Awards; Good Conduct Medals; the Air Force Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and the Longevity Service Awards.

Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Larry Bailey of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Beane is survived by his son, Edward Beane of Ramsey; four sisters, Frances Alford and Evelyn Durham, both of Pasadena Texas; Betty Ruth Mooney of Magnolia, Ark., and Lois Marie Alexander of San Antonio; aunt Nellie Larson of Eagle Lake; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1995, page 16

Beane, James Robert

Last Rites Held Sunday for J. R. Beane

Funeral services were held in the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake Sunday for James Robert Beane, who died at his home in Houston August 8th. The Rev. Boyd Harris of the Colby Memorial Methodist Church officiated and burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Mr. Beane was born Sept. 25, 1882, in Marysville, Mo., son of Ettie Frances and Maltmore Edward Beane. In 1898, at the age of 15, he moved with his parents to Rock Island where he attended school and joined the Rock Island Methodist Church at the age of 18. In his early days, he was employed by the Galveston and Houston . . . which ran between Houston and Galveston. Later he was a dairyman for 16 years. He married Miss Iris Curry of Rock Island in 1908. She died in 1945. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Opal Adcock of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Maebelle Allen of Houston and Mrs. Rose Ermine Lee of Austin; by a sister, Mrs. Clarence Raver of Houston; and three brothers, Raleigh E. Beane of Alleyton, Guy Beane of Columbus and . . . Beane of Waco, also by six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. A son, William Orval, died in 1917. Pallbearers were R.C. Perry Woodrow Means, Orville Curry, Ernest Hudson, Billie Powell and Melvin Stancik. Among out-of-town people present for the services were Mr. and Mrs. J. O, Dunham, Mr. and Mrs. John Kerr, Miss Maggie Bain, Miss Grodhaus, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Raver, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Meracle and Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Perry.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 17, 1961 Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Beane, Jesse Leo

Services Held Last Thursday For Jesse Beane

Many friends and relatives from throughout this area gathered last Thursday for final rites for Jesse L Beane, Sr., who passed away April 16th at 7:15 a.m. at the Youens Hospital in Weimar after several weeks of illness.
The services were held from the Colly Memorial Methodist Church last Thursday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Walton officiating. Favorite hymns of the deceased were played on the organ by Miss Marion Wozencraft. Interment was in Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island with Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in charge. Serving as pallbearers were Louis Venglar, Paul Marx, Sam Boothe, Elmo Sens, A. A, Klockman, Corvin Frenzel, Charlie Duddleston and Earl Rodgers, Jr.

Mr. Beane was born June 1, 1898 at Rock Island to Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Beane, He spent his entire life's span in Colorado County and was a resident of Eagle Lake for the past 30 years. He was not employed during the past 8 years due to ill health. He and Elsie A. Houdmann were married on July 1, 1931 in Nordheim, Texas, and she and the following are survivors: four daughters, Mrs. R, C, Perry of Sealy, Lou Emma, Ettie Laverne, Alms Lorelle, at home: one son, J. L. Beane, Jr., Eagle Lake; two sisters Atha Beane of Garwood and Mr. Bessie Raver (a twin sister) of Houston; 4 brothers. Jim R. Beane of Houston, Raleigh E. Beane of Alleyton. Claude L. Beane of Gatesville, and Guv A, Beane of Columbus: and three grandchildren, Charles. Sharon and Cynthia Perry

His presence will be missed greatly in the home and in the community. Out-of-town friends and relatives from George West, Columbus. Houston, Rock Island, Wharton and Sealy attended the services,

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 21, 1958
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Beane, Maltimore Edward

Services Today for One of Oldest County Residents

Probably the oldest resident in Colorado county, 96-year-old Mattimore[sic] Edward Beane of Rock Island, died early Tuesday morning in Columbus hospital after an illness of about 7 weeks.

His body will lie in state in Columbus Funeral home until time of services at 3:30 this afternoon in the Rock Island Methodist church and burial will be in Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island, Rev. R. R. Heaner of the Columbus Methodist church officiating.

Mr. Beane was in a remarkable state of activity, both physical and mental, up to the time of his last illness. Born July 18, 1859, near Richmond, Va., he was a son of Robert Edward and Anna Maria Anderson Beane. At 12, having lost his father and having become acquainted with the horrors of the Civil War, he moved to Missouri with his mother. He joined the Methodist church at 20 and at 22 married Miss Ettie Frances Lincoln of Osborn, Mo. She died in 1940.

Residing at Rock Island since 1898, he engaged in ranching and farming, watching with interest the growth of the country from unfenced range land to rice fields and oil developments. He surveyed the first road leading to the south county line, now called the Rock Island-Garwood road.

All his 7 children survive. They are G. A. of Columbus, Miss Atha Beane of Rock Island; R. E. and J. L., Eagle Lake, J. R. and Mrs. Clarence Raver of Houston and C. L. of Gatesville; also 22 grandchildren and 24 great-great[sic] grandchildren and a number of nephews and nieces

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Leo Raver and J. L. Jr., Daniel, Reynolds, Guy Jr. and Richard Beane.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1956, page 5

Beane, Nida Marie (Buffington)

Mrs. Nida Marie Beane

Mrs. Nida Marie Beane, 90. of Ramsey died on November 29 at her residence following a sudden illness.

Services were conducted  at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Runk, Pastor of United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

She was born on December 30, 1893 in Florida, Missouri, a daughter of the late John and Addie Reynolds Buffington.  She had been a resident of this area since 1900 and had taught school for many years in the Eagle Lake and Bonus area schools.  She was preceeded in death by a son, Raleigh E. Beane Jr. in 1948 and her husband, Raleigh Sr. on April 20, 1968. 

Survivors include four daughters, Frances Alford of Pasadena, Evelyn Durham of  Lufkin, Lois Alexander of San Antonio and Betty Ruth Mooney of Magnolia, Arkansas; two sons, James R. Beane of Ramsey and Daniel Beane of Kerrville; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Larson of Eagle Lake; 18 grandchildren; other relatives and a host of loved ones.  Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

Sympathy is extended to the family. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 6, 1984
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Beane, Raleigh Edward


Funeral services were held at three o’clock on Sunday afternoon from the Mill Funeral Home for Technical Sergeant Raleigh E. Beane with Rev. O. E. Linstrum officiating.  Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery with the W. Cherry-M. Perry Post, American Legion and the Wm. Lee Stapleton Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars officiating.  Pallbearers were Henry Dostal, Fred R. Frnka, Frank Mazac, Jr., Ernest F. Frnka, Loraine Austin and Raymond Lee Kohleffel.

Color guards were Edmund Schindler and J. B. Wesson and color bearers were E. J. Parma and Henry Kretzschmar, Firing squad, included Roland Cambell, captain, L. J. Spanihel, Elmer Schindler, Harrison Walker, Franklin Reese, Lawrence Herring, John T. Pilkington, James Ray Thomas and David Sunderman.  Martin Hale blew taps with the response give by Jimmy Jochetz.  A choir sang “Beautiful Garden of Prayer” and “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” at the funeral home.

Sergeant Beane, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Beane was born, October 5, 1921 in Eagle Lake.  The family resided in Garwood until he was four years old when they moved to Eagle Lake and have lived here since.  His mother is the former Miss Nina Buffington.  He graduated from the Eagle Lake High School in May 1939.  During his school days he was very active in Boy Scout work and was presented with the Eagle Scout Award for his splendid work.

On December 12, 1939 he joined the Army Air Corps at Randolph Field, Texas and spent 18 months at Chanute Field in the A. M. School.  After a year’s flight training at Mather Field, California he volunteered for overseas service and spent three years in the European Theatre of War.  He participated in the Silician drive carrying paratroops and provisions.

He was married to Miss Temple Smallwood of Fair Oaks, California on September 6, 1945.

On a flight with Lt. Col. Chas. Beatty, Sergeant Beane was reported missing after taking off from Tonopah Field, Nevada for Wendover Field, Utah on the night of February 4th.  The wrecked plane was located on a mountain side near the takeoff base on March 8th.  Both fliers were based at Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He is survived by his wife and small daughter, Terrance, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Beane; two brothers Daniel and Reynolds; four sisters, Mrs. Frances Lamphier, Mrs. J. O. Durham, Mrs. R. D. Alexander and Miss Betty Ruth Beane; a grandfather, M. E. Beane of Rock Island and a number of aunts and uncles.  Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family in their sorrow.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, March 19, 1948
Transcribed by David Hahn

Beane, Victor Edward

Baby Boy died Monday.

Sincere sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Beane in the death, of their three months old baby boy, who died early Monday. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon with interment in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 9, 1940
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith
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