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Clarence E. Beckel Papers

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Clarence Beckel Papers




2012



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Creation: 28.03.2012
Language: English

Title: Clarence E. Beckel Papers
Dates: until 1948
Quantity: 4 flipboxes
Identification: PP BeCE
Location: 150C
Language: German

The papers contain various documents on the history of the Beckel family as well as newspaper clippings on (non-Moravian) ministers in the Lehigh Valley. (The newspaper clippings on Moravian ministers are integrated into the subject files of the Archives).


Clarence Eberman Beckel (born November 20, 1880) was the son of Charles Edward Beckel and Anna E. C. Fenstermacher and the brother of Frederick Truman Beckel and Roy Edward Franklin Beckel (December 2, 1878 - August 22, 1879). He was a noted genealogist and considered to be an authority on Lehigh and Northampton County history. He graduated from the Moravian Parochial School in 1897, and the South Bethlehem Business College in 1899. He lived his entire life in Bethlehem and contributed to the city through the completion of a number of family histories and special projects for the Bethlehem and Easton libraries. His main projects included transcribing old church records from German into English. Clarence was employed in the purchasing department of the Bethlehem Steel Company for 25 years. He also served as a purchasing agent for the Lehigh Coke Company and the Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and New England Railroad. He was married to Elizabeth Rebecca Neumeyer on June 12, 1905. Clarence was also a member of many Bethlehem organizations, including the Moravian Historical Society, Pennsylvania German Society, Northampton County Historical Society, Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Sons of the American Revolution (charter member, organizer, and first President of Valley Forge Chapter), Bethlehem Lodge (past master and secretary), Royal Arch Masons (past high priest of Zinzendorf Chapter), Bethlehem Council (past thrice illustrated master), and the Bethlehem Commandery Knights Templar. Clarence died in his home (12 E. Market St.) on April 24, 1954 at the age of 73.


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