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The varied occupations that engross the attention and kindle the aspirations of men represent the different ideals formed in their youth, the different environments of their early years and the different talents and tastes implanted in their minds by nature. The occupation in which Mr. Beede has been exceptionally successful, that of telegraph operator, reflects his own personal preferences and inclinations, but his identification with such work began with the apparent chance which seems to govern the lives of many. An opportunity came when he was a mere lad, undecided as to future occupational preferences but anxious to earn his own livelihood, to act as messenger in a telegraph office in San Francisco and while in that position he learned the art of telegraphy, making such praiseworthy advancement that he determined to follow the occupation as a permanent source of income. Nor has he had reason to regret the decision made in early life, for he has proved efficient and capable as an operator and has risen by successive steps to the management of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Company at Sacramento.

The childhood of Jeremiah K. Beede was passed uneventfully in the city of Newburgh, N. Y., where he was born January 13, 1868, and where he passed many happy days in becoming familiar with the attractive environment of Orange county and the Hudson river. Attendance at school was not neglected and he made satisfactory progress in his studies. During 1881 he came to California with his parents, Napoleon and Sarah (King) Beede, and settled with them in San Francisco, where for the next two years he studied in the public schools. The necessity of self-support caused him to relinquish his studies at the age of thirteen years, when he engaged as a messenger with the Western Union Telegraph Company of San Francisco. After four years in the one position he entered the employ of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company as an operator, remaining with them from 1887 until 1889. During July of the latter year he came to Sacramento as operator for the Postal Telegraph and Cable Company. Such was his efficiency and capability that at the expiration of six months he assumed the manage- ment of the office, which he has since filled to the satisfaction of all concerned. For some years lie has been an interested member of the National Union, and Tehama Lodge, No. 3, F. & A. M., also Sacramento Chapter No. 3, E. A. M. At the time of his removal to Sacramento he was unmarried, and two years later he established a home in this city, choosing as his wife Miss Hester Dashiell, a native of Dixon, Solano county, by whom he has two children, Bennen King and David Leonard. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011