BECKEMEYER OLD FAMILY
PICTURES AND INFORMATION
A Web Page by The Beckemeyer Kids
(Roy Beckemeyer (now in Wichita, KS), Elaine Beckemeyer Soule (now in Boise,
ID), Richard Beckemeyer (now in Breese, IL), and Jane
Beckemeyer Hempen (now in Taylorville, IL))
Last Updated 11 November 2003
Our parents' wedding picture. Our dad, Roy Stanley Beckemeyer, was born
March 3, 1915, and died May 25, 1958. Our mother, Loretta Marie
Anderhalter Beckemeyer, was born June 10, 1919, and died March 26, 1980.
Right: Wedding party: from left, dad's brother, Gilbert (Gib),
best man, mom's sister, Mary Ann, Maid of Honor, mom, dad. This picture
was sent to us by Shelly Weeks, granddaughter of dad's sister, Juanita, and is
the picture that was inscribed to Juanita by mom and dad (lower right hand
corner of frame).
Right: Our mom and dad on their honeymoon somewhere in
Clinton County, Illinois. Dad clicked the shutter with a stick, seen on
the left side of the picture.
Left: The city limit sign on the west edge of Beckemeyer as it
looks today (July, 2003). The population when we lived there as kids was
1000, so it hasn't grown much.
The first house our family lived in in Beckemeyer, Illinois, still stands.
Here is what it looks like today (July, 2003). It was on the northeast
corner of Randolph and Fourth Streets. The porch with the columns is on
the southwest corner of the house, and the room north of the porch was our
Left: Roy Joseph Beckemeyer and mom. Probably taken in
1942. This is at the house in Beckemeyer, Clinton County, Illinois, were
we lived during a good part of our childhood. The steps shown were on the
south side of the porch, and are no longer located there on the house today
(picture above right). We moved into a larger
house across the street in the 50's.
Right: In the 50's we moved from our rental house to one we
bought. It was directly across the street to the south of the first
house. The picture shows how it looks today (July 2003). Randolph
Street runs north and south. The view is looking to the southeast at the
west side of the house, which sits on the southeast corner of Randolph and
Left above: View looking south on Randolph Street in
Beckemeyer. The house is the second one we lived in. The kid's
bedrooms were upstairs, the boys in the room facing west, the girls in the one
facing north. At the time we lived there, the living room was in the
northwest corner of the house, the kitchen in the northeast corner. There
were and still are open farm fields a block south of the house that usually were
planted to corn. That is where we got our corn for shelling for Halloween.
Brothers Gilbert (Gib) (left) and Roy S. Beckemeyer (right) and their new sons,
David (left) and Roy (right, with the huge head).
Left: Elaine and Roy in the yard of our first house. We had plumbing for kitchen water in the house,
but not a bathroom, so used a "two-holer" in the combination
shed/garage until we moved into the house across the street that did have
plumbing. No central heat, either, a stove in the living room, and a
cooking stove in the kitchen. We often got dressed in front of the open
oven door in the winter.
Right: Our father holding a nice catfish. We ate a lot of
catfish as kids. Not just at home. Fish-fry's were the social
and fund-raising events of choice for local volunteer fire departments, church
socials and so on. The little girl next to him is, I believe, our cousin,
Nikki List (daughter of Olive, dad's sister). I can remember spending
nearly every summer evening cleaning fish after dad and I ran his trot
lines. To this day I would rather release the fish I catch than clean
Left: One of the few pictures we have of our dad with the four
kids. He must have usually been taking the pictures.
the four of us without dad in the picture. Looks like Jane wants to go
Kate Anderhalter, her children and grandchildren about 1947. Standing,
from left. Kate, Loretta Beckemeyer holding baby Rick and trying to get
Roy to show himself, Elizabeth, holding Betty Ann with Mary Catherine standing
beside her, Betty Anderhalter (Bud's wife), and Bud holding daughter
Sharon. Sitting, from left, Marguerite Beckemeyer holding son Bobby
Dennis, her husband, Bob Beckemeyer, with daughter Kathy, Roy Beckemeyer holding
daughter Elaine, Mary Ann Anderhalter and Rita Anderhalter.
From the left are: Katherine Anderhalter, Roy J. Beckemeyer, Elaine Beckemeyer,
Jane Beckemeyer (in front of our mom, Loretta Beckemeyer). To mom's left
is her sister, Elizabeth Weber, holding Claire. In front of her is Mary
Catherine. Betty Ann is in front of her father, Bill Weber, and next to
Bill is his father.
Left: Four generations. From left, Kate Vollet
Anderhalter, Sophi Vollet, Elaine Beckemeyer held by Loretta Anderhalter
Right: Three of the Beckemeyer kids. Richard Lee, Elaine,
and right: The Beckemeyer and Puckett kids. From left are Pam Puckett
behind Richard Beckemeyer, Daniel Beckemeyer, David Beckemeyer behind Nikki
List, Jane Beckemeyer, Roy Beckemeyer, Elaine Beckemeyer and Pat Puckett.
Nikki is the youngest daughter of Olive Beckemeyer List, Pat and Pam the kids of
Audrey Beckemeyer Puckett, Daniel and David the two boys of Gilbert Beckemeyer.
Left, Elaine (1st grade) and our dog, Blackie.
Right: Jane at her First Communion (left) with her friend
and our neighbor, Judy Simonton.
1957 in Beckemeyer, Illinois. Jane and Roy.