BEECHLER, WILLIAM EDWARD, engaged in the paperhanging business in Springfield, is one of that city's most progressive and industrious young business men. He was born February 6, 1881, in Richland, Sangamon County, a son of John A. and Anna Laura (Perkins) Beechler. The mother belongs to one of the Sangamon County's old and honored families, which was founded there in 1819, by Edward Perkins, her grandfather. One of William E. Beechler's great-uncles was scalped by Indians on the Missouri River, andother, Riley Perkins, was Treasurer of Sangamon County, and Joseph B. Perkins served for some years as Sheriff, from 1858. Edward Perkins, their father, was presented with a gold-headed cane for superiority in Horsemanship at the Sangamon County fair in 1875, being then over eighty years of age. John A. Beechler was born in Sweetwater, Ill., near Salem, Lincoln's old home, and is a paper hanger by occupation. He is still in business in Springfield and makes his home at No. 509 North Fifth Street. One of the twelve children born to Himself and wife is dead. In politics Mr. Beechler is a Democrat, but he has never cared for public preferment. His religious belief is that of the Baptist Church.
William edward Beechler attended the Edwards School until sixteen years of age, at which time he started to learn his trade at St. Louis. On coming to Springfield he worked for eight years for the Johnston Hatcher Comjpany, and in 1908, began business on his own account, and has so continued to the present time. he is thorough master of his trade and his work is always artistic. He is faithful in living up to the letter of his contracts, the result being people can rely upon him and he gets at least his share of their patronage. Like hsi father, he is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Baptist Church, while fraternally he is connected with the original Order of Owls, the Tribe of Ben Hur, the Yeomen of America and the Paper Hangers' Union. Mrs. Beechler is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
On October 22, 18903, at Springfield, Ill., Mr. Beedchler was united in marriage with Philopena yost, who was born in New York, a daughter of Herman and Christina
(Stout) Yost, natives of Germany, who came to America in 1880 and are now living at No. 300 South Eleventh Street, Springfield. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Beechler: Elmer Herman, born September 5, 1904.