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History Column 329 Lowell Beach Family Photos First off I'd like to thank Janet Marx for the opportunity to copy some of her family photographs and to share them with our readers. She also provided the write up of the family history that is featured in today's column. There are some great images of both the family and of landmarks and other places that are important in Mason Counties history. Pic 1 Top left Lowell and Clara Beach The photos are from Lowell H. Beach and his wife Clara M. Knowles Beach. They were married December 27, 1916 in Ludington. They had three children Marion E. Beach, Ruth M. Beach (resides at Sherman Oaks Manor); and Robert K. Beach. Pic 2 Presbyterian Church (Community) Lowell's sister Bessie Beach Bourns was married to Rev. Arthur P. Bourns, who at the time was the minister of the Presbyterian Church (now community church). After visiting his sister in Ludington Lowell decided to move here and did so in 1912. It is there that he met his future wife. He purchased property in Buttersville in 1915. Pic 3 The Family Farm. In addition to Clara, Frank and his wife Emma had 4 sons. They are all buried in Lakeview Cemetery. One of the sons, Robert E. Knowles married Bessie Gregory (of the Gregory greenhouse) and lived in a house on Ludington Ave where the hospital property is now, just past the original Gregory greenhouse. Pic 4 Clara (b November 5, 1880) in Ludington was the daughter of Dr. Frank S. Knowles, a dentist. He studied at Northwestern in Illinios. He came to Ludington in May 1880. He practiced dentistry in Ludington and his office was upstairs in the Clayton Block. Pic 5 Foster School Clara M. Knowles was the first kindergarten teacher at Foster school when it opened. She taught at Foster and Longfellow for 16-17 years. She also taught in Buttersville schools after marrying, due to a shortage of teachers. She was born in the house at 110 Lavinia (corner of Court and Lavinia). Pic 6 Iris road near Inman in 1929 John B and Mary M. Harding Selby moved to Buttersville in 1879, with their two sons Ellsworth and Edwin Selby (Edwin is the father of Thomas, (Who is Janet's father, and built a farm on what is now Inman Road.

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