Anthony H. Beck, Co. H, 8th Pennsylvania Reserves

Clarion Jacksonian: August 28, 1899.

About five o’clock last evening (Sunday, August 27, 1899) the end came to the lief of Ex-Sheriff Anthony H. Beck. He had been ill for a long time and kept gradually sinking so that his death was momentarily expected. He died at the Jones House in this place where his home has been for the past score of years. From the Commemorative Biographical Record we get the following fact of his life. Mr. Beck was born at Salem, Clarion county, on November 16, 1836. His entire life was passed in this county and he was among the best known of our citizens. HIs father, George Beck, was a native of Westmoreland county; his mother was Elizabeth Shotts. The father died while Mr. Beck was so young that he never remembered him but the mother died only two years ago. Losing his father so early in life, Mr. Beck received but few school advantages. He attended the public schools at Salem till he was 14 years of age. In early life he learned the carpenter trade, and followed it for years. He also learned millwrighting, and in 1856 pattern marking which occupation he followed until the breaking out of the Civil War when he enlisted as a sergeant in Co. H, 8th Penn. Res. Corps, as a three-months’ man. The company was not accepted as such but was taken as a three year organization. The command was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and performed good, and at times, most thrilling service. Mr. Beck was in the various engagements in which his regiment participated. In the battle of Charles City Cross Roads June 30, 1862, he received a gunshot wound in the face which shattered the left jaw. He was also wounded in the left leg and side in the other engagements. He rose from second sergeant to first lieutenant, being mustered out as such with the regiment at Spottsylvania Court House, Va., May 18, 1864. On returning home on July 4th of the same year he raised a company to enter the service for ninety days, in the recruiting of which some of his associates joined another division and the company was filled up at Pittsburg and assigned to the 1st Penn. Inf. and designated as Co. A, 100 day service. Lieut. Beck was commissioned Captain of the company which served five months and was not mustered out till November 1864. Capt. Beck then returned to Clarion county and assisted in building a sawmill at Cooksburg. For some years following he was engaged in carpentering and building. In 1873, Mr. Beck was elected sheriff of Clarion county and filled the position ably and credibly three years. On retiring from office he engaged in the hotel business at Parker’s Landing and later at the Jones House, Clarion, where his death occurred. In 1866, Mr. Beck was married to Margaret Potter whose death occured in April 1890. No children were born of this union, but the last days of Mr. Beck were made pleasant by the care and attention of an adopted daughter, now Mrs. L. H. Frank of the Jones House. Mr. Beck was a member in good standing in Clarion Lodge I.O.O.F. being next to the oldest past grand of the lodge. He was also a member of the G.A.R. of this place. The funeral will occur tomorrow, Tuesday, at 4 o’clock p.m.

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