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Larken L. Beeman collection

 Collection — Folder: S0096
Identifier: S0096

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a 32 page (not all pages are numbered, several chapters are numbered 1-,last page), typed and photocopied document with handwritten corrections, written by Larken L. Beeman and dated 8-24-1964 and 12-16-1964, entitled “Rural Life” in and around school district 3, Marion Township, Boone County, IN from 1876-1900.

Chapter 1 is about the school, which was named Baker’s Corner in honor of Mr. Baker. Teachers named were Mr. Jones; Jacob Cobb, a local man; Andrew Clark, who was studying to be a doctor; Maggie Smith, who organized the school into eight grades; John Gray, who lived in Lebanon, walked home to his family on Friday evening and back to the school every Monday morning, a distance of eight miles and organized sports, including baseball and cricket; Charlie Stout and Bertha Campbell. Specifics about classmates, school studies, recreation, and the last day gala are mentioned.

Chapter 2 includes “Forests”, discovering forests, wild animals, various types of roads, “Means of Travel”, “Social Life”, “Political Campaigns”, and the Elisha Beeman family farm.

Chapter 3 discusses husking bees, other social events and holidays, superstitions and his family history.


  • 1900-1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Larken [Larkin] Louis Beeman [Beaman] was the son of Elisha Cragun Beeman and Catherine [Catharine] Lucas, born Jan. 19, 1871 in Indiana. He married Stella B. Card in Marion County, Indiana, Aug. 1906. He died Jan. 9, 1967 in Los Angeles, California.


“Beeman, Larken Louis.” New Black Family Tree. Apr. 19, 2013.

“Beeman, Larkin L.” Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1971. Apr. 19, 2013.

“Beeman, Larkin” 1940 United States Federal Census. Apr. 23, 2013.

“Beeman, Larkin L.” California, Death Index, 1940-1997. Apr. 19, 2013.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ralph Stark on 1965/07/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during April 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Larken L. Beeman collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.