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BEACH, Edward James

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BEACH, Edward James (1915--Dubuque, IA, Jan. 5, 1962). One of the sons of James BEACH, Edward became associated with the operation of James Beach and Son Soap Company following his graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899. The firm was later renamed JAMES BEACH AND SONS when another brother joined the company. When their father died, the firm was renamed Beach Brothers. He was vice president and later president of the original DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY.

Beach left a legacy of civic involvement. One of the original organizers of the YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.), he served the organization as a member of the board of directors, trustee, and chairman of the building and finance committees. Beach was elected to the Board of Directors of the Dubuque City Mission and served as its chairman for many years. In 1954 upon his retirement, he was named honorary president and life member of the board. A member of First Congregational Church (later FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, Beach served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and trustee. In 1948 he was made honorary deacon for life and for forty-six years was treasurer of the Missionary Fund and Deacons Fund.

Beach was a charter member of the DUBUQUE SHIPPERS' ASSOCIATION and served as treasurer and member of the executive board for many years. He was elected to the board of directors of FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE) and named honorary member in 1954 at the time of his resignation. He was also a member of the GOVERNOR'S GREYS and was president of the business organization of Company A.



"Beach Dies, Early City Businessman," Telegraph Herald, January 5, 1962, p. 9