C. H. Beall


C. H. BEALL, one of the most prominent citizens of Bethany, also a trustee of Bethany college and one of the foremost sheep breeders of the United States. His birth occurred October 31, 1828 near Independence, Washington Co., Penn., a son of Bazel and Louisiana Beall. He was graduated from Bethany college, and after completing his collegiate course turned his attention to the sheep industry. His father was one of the largest wool growers of Pennsylvania and the son naturally followed in his footsteps. At the National Wool Growers association's convention, which met in Washington, D. C., in December 1889, he was chosen treasurer of that organization. At one time he had the distinguished honor of filling the office of president of the United States Merino Sheep Breeders' association, and at its meeting in Steubenville, Ohio, in Janusry 1890, he was elected first vice-president of the same. Col. Beall;s first noted purchase of blooded sheep was made in Vermont in 1852, of Edwin Hammond. These sheep were imported to the United States from Apain by Col. Humphrey, who was minister to Spain from this government, and this importation was effected only through the assistance of the King of Spain. They are the original Merino sheep of America. At the centennial of 1876 his display of wool took the gold medal, and also took the first prize at the New Orleans exposition. Col. Beall accumulated great wealth in his business, leaving between 2,000 and 3,000 fine sheep, besides some 2,500 acres of highly improved farming land in this section of the state, and also large landed property in the western states. He was an agriculturalist on an extensive scale, and was one of the most progressive farmers in the state. No man in this country has done so much for the wool interests of America as the subject of this sketch. His breeding brought about an increase in the weight of wool, and added fineness to its texture. In the year 1858, he married Virginia Burley, of West Virginia. Mrs. Beall came from an old and influential family, and was born in May 1840 about twelve miles east of Wheeling, the daughter of the Hon. James Burley and Margaret Burley. James Burley was a senator during the war in the Virginia senate. Col. Beall passed to his reward February 23, 1890 leaving a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and an affectionate father. His death was a calamity to the community at large, and especially to the great industry for which he had done so much. He was an active and influential communicant of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was prominently identified with the republican party. The family reside upon the large estate, and the business is ably carried on by his two sons. The children are: James, Mary, Clara, Charlie, Lou, Ella and Virginia. There is an interesting history connected with 250 acres of land left by Col. Beall in what is known as "Round Bottom", this property was "Tomahawked" by Gen. George Washington, and is valued very highly on this account. Col. Beall was a representative American citizen and agriculturalist, charitable and just to all.

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