The Houston Herald
The Houston Herald
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Description: Lewis BEERS

Date: December 18 1902

Newspaper published in: Houston, MO

Mr. Lewis BEERS, one of the old and well known citizens of our town and county, died at his home in this city last Friday at the advanced age of 63 years, 9 months and 13 days, after a sickness extending through several past months. Mr. BEERS came to Texas county many years ago, having formerly resided in Douglas and Washington counties, this state.

He was a mason by trade and many of the oldest and most substantial buildings of our town bear evidence of his workmanship. Mr. BEERS was a quiet, honest, unostentatious man, a good citizen and neighbor and a kind husband and father. He was a veteran of the Union army in the civil war and was a member of the G.A.R. Post of this place, his fellow members of the Post taking part in the burial ceremony. Deceased was a member of the Houston Baptist church.

Mr. BEERS was married three times. Several children blessed the first union, but only one survives - Mrs. George STONE, of Seymour, Mo. No children resulted from the second union. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of husband and father.

In his death our town has lost an excellent citizen, an honest, upright man. The Herald joins in the earnest sympathy extended to the bereaved family.

Funeral services were conducted at the family residence Saturday forenoon by Eld. J. S. RICE and the remains laid to rest in the Houston cemetery.

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There is a peculiar incident in connection with Mr. Lewis BEERS' death, that has been called to our attention by J. R. BLANKENSHIP. The funeral cards state that Mr. BEERS was born February 29, 1839, and Mr. BLANKENSHIP states that the deceased always contended that he was born on that date, that it was Leap Year and that he had a birthday only every four years. If this had been a Leap Year February 29th would be correct, but 1839 being an odd year could not have been a Leap Year, consequently February contained only 28 days. Mr. BLANKENSHIP states that Mr. BEERS would never agree to anything else, though, only that his day of birth was February 29, 1839.

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