George E. Beebe Colfax County, New Mexico

George E. Beebe's boyhood days were passed like those of other farmer boys in the middle west. December 16, 1863, at the age of eighteen, he enlisted for service in the Civil war, and went to the front as a member of the Ohio Sharpshooters that acted as guard for General George H. Thomas, their service being chiefly in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. At the close of the war, with a record for bravery and without a demerit mark, young Beebe was mustered out of the ranks at Nashville, Tennessee, in July, 1865, and returned north to Michigan, where he remained for some lime. Exposure and hardship incident to army life left him in ill health, and seeking a milder climate than was found in the lake states, he came in 1869 to New Mexico.

His first stop here was in Lincoln County, where he remained two years. Then he traveled through the southwest, hunting buffalo, and on his return from the buffalo hunt located permanently in Elizabethtown, where he engaged in placer mining. Later he clerked for John Rearson, Sr., after which he engaged in business for himself, and from April, 1903, until his death was postmaster of the town. While not active in politics, Mr. Beebe always voted the Republican ticket.

Mr. Beebe's wife, formerly Miss Romana Sanchez, is a daughter of Narciso Sanchez, and a native of San Miguel County. New Mexico.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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