George L. Beckner,whose ambitious spirit and successful career well entitle him to honorable mention in any book devoted to the career of those who have accomplished results in Warren County, and not simply planned and schemed, was born in McDonough County, Ill., February 25, 1865, a son of George W. and Deborah (VanKirk) Beckner.

Both parents were natives of Kentucky, his father having been born in Bath County, in that State, in 1825, and died February 21, 1900. The latter was a son of A. L. and Elizabeth (Kinkald) Beckner. The father of G. W. Beckner was born in Clem­ents County, Ky., in 1805, and died in Missouri in 1854; the mother was born in Kentucky in 1806, and died in 1853. Deborah VanKirk, not­ ed above, was the daughter of Matthias Van- Kirk, born in Kentucky in 1796, and died in 1846, and Elizabeth Wilson, who was born in 1802, and died in 1882.

George W. Beckner came from Kentucky in 1851, and made his home in Youngstown, Warren County, where for a time he was employed at farm work by the month. At a later period he purchased a farm in Section 32, Swan Township, becoming a leading character in the town, where he served three years as Supervisor, fifteen years as Justice of the Peace, and the same period as Assessor. He was School Director eighteen years, and owned at the time of his death 240 acres of land. The mother is still living on the old homestead.

George L. Beckner, whose name introduces this article, having acquired a good education at home and in Chicago, took up civil engineering, anri was employed by the Rock Island Railway in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. On account of the death of his brother he resigned his position and came home to take charge of the farm, in the cultivation of which he is still engaged, in both general farming and stock-raising. For four years he was Justice of the Peace, and School Trustee for three years. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity at Roseville, and the Odd Fellows at Youngstown; is also a member and elder of the Christian church at Youngs­ town. In his political proclivities he is a Democrat.

Mr. Beckner was married in Clay County, Kan., September 12, 1888, to Minnie Hawes, a native of that county, born Septem­ ber 10, 1871, by whom he has had four children: George B.; Mary R.; Loren L.; and Samuel Miles. Mrs. Beckner is a daughter of Samuel M. and Mary (Pinkerton) Hawes, the father born in Tennessee, and the mother in Missouri. They removed to Kansas in 1866, where the father is still engaged in farming and stock-raising.


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