Frederick C. Beam Frederick C. Beam, auditor of the city of Lima, is recognized as one of the most efficient public officials of the county, and is also a highly esteemed citizen. He was born in Mercer County, Ohio, and is one of a family of four children born to his parents, John H. and Mary A. Beam, formerly of Mercer and later of Allen County. His birth took place September 27, 1871. Mr. Beam was reared and educated in Mercer County, and engaged in business there prior to coming to Allen County in 1892. Until 1902 he was a telegraph operator for the Buckeye Pipe Line Company, which position he gave up upon being elected city clerk of Lima. In 1903 he was elected city auditor and has served in this capacity until the present, making a record for himself for accuracy which has never been excelled in this office. He has been active in the Republican party for a number of years and his election to responsible offices shows a just consideration for his services. Mr. Beam is a man of sterling character and of admirable public sprit. His fraternal connection is with the Masons. Mr. Beam married Bertha Ryan, who is a Daughter of George A. Ryan, one of Lima's oil producers. The pleasant family home is situated at No. 316 North Washington Street.