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Duryea Beekman obituary

President Duyea Beekman of Local Bank Passes Away
January 1924

     Hon. Duryea Beekman, father of Judge Dow Beekman, grandson of Wm. Beekman, first Judge of Schoharie County, and President of the First National Bank of Middleburgh, passed away at his home in this village Sunday forenoon, Jan. 6th, after an illness of about four months. His illness being the result of a fall he sustained, from the steps in front of the bank.
     Mr. Beekman was a son of Nicholas and Alida (Becker) Beekman and was born in the town of Seward August 9th, 1840. When a young man his father moved to this village and he lived ever after in the residence, on River street, where he died.
     In the passing of Mr. Beekman this village, and the community at large, has been called upon to part with one of its foremost citizens.
     Mr. Beekman followed the occupation of his father, that of farming, and was successful in his calling. When in the course of time it was deemed important to establish a bank in this village the men who felt disposed to make the investment, in looking about for the proper person to place at the head of the institution hit upon Mr. Beekman as the logical man for the position. His forty-three years of faithful service is evidence conclusive that no mistake was made.
     When the project for the building of a railroad to Middleburgh was discussed, Mr. Beekman, then a young man, identified himself with the enterprise and for many years he was the Secretary of the Middleburgh & Schoharie Railroad Company. Later on he became Vice-president and then succeeded to the presidency, a position which he held until a few years ago when, owing to old age, he declined a reelection and insisted that a younger man fill the position.
     In politics he was a Democrat and served his party in many ways. In 1878 he was elected a Member of the Assembly by a large majority and served the people of Schoharie in the legislature of 1879 in a most acceptable manner. He refused a renomination.
     He was a member of Middleburgh Lodge, No. 663, F. & A. M., He was a faithful attendant and a loyal and liberal supporter of the Reformed church.
     In October 1859 he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Richtmyer, a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Richtmyer, a descendent of Captain George Richtmyer. Mrs. Beekman died several years ago. As the result of this union three sons were born to the happy pair, Charles, who died in infancy; Dow, now County Judge of Schoharie county, and Wm. G., cashier of the First National Bank of Middleburgh.
     In every walk of life Mr. Beekman was a commanding figure. By his genial and social personage he made warm friends on every hand. Being a man of superior judgment he was looked up to and consulted when business interests were at stake. He was upright in character. Honest in all his dealings. In his death this community has lost a valued member.
     He was the last of a family of twelve children, his sister, Mrs. Maria Manning having preceded him to the better land May 10th of last year at the age of 89.
     His funeral took place from the Reformed church this Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. G. Z. Collier officiating. Interment in the Lutheran
cemetery at Schoharie.


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