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Joseph Gable Beerer 1884-1944

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Joseph was born February 17, 1884 in Jeffersonville, Montgomery, Pa., and
died February 13, 1944 in Norristown, Pa. He married Mary Busch
Hagaman September 09, 1911 in Skippack, Pa., daughter of Roy Hagaman
and Clara Smith. She was born October 27, 1889 in Norristown, Pa., and
died May 21, 1951 in Norristown, Pa.

Joseph was a life long resident of Montgomery County and a 1901 graduate of
Norristown High School. He had a distinguished record with the Bell
Telephone Company, starting his career as a coin box collector, traveling by
horse and buggy. He later became district manager in Frankford,
Philadelphia, at which time he became involved with the “Frankford
Yellowjackets”, predecessors of the present Philadelphia Eagles professional
football team.

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Joseph is a direct descendant of Captain John Philip Gable of the Continental
Army, who spent the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge. Joseph was known to his
young friends as “Governor”, for his profile so closely resembled that of
Pennsylvania Governor George Earle. The “Governor” often expressed
himself in poetry, particularly when writing to his son, James, while overseas,
and to his dear wife.

Joseph was named chief clerk in the Norristown district January 7, 1907, and
from then on served in supervisory capacities. He sang baritone in the Trinity
Lutheran Church for a number of years and still has a good singing voice.
His favorite diversions are reading, walking, and swimming, but in recent
years most of his spare time has been devoted to books, histories and mystery
stories principally. He also writes clever topical verse and can turn out an
ingenious rhyme on almost any subject.

Mr. Bearer is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and a Shriner and since
he was 18 years old has been a member of the Montgomery Hose Company.
He is a director of the Norris building Association, and honorary member of

the National Exchange Club of Frankford.
Joseph Gable Beerer retired on Pension from Bell Telephone Company after
his service of 37 years and 11 months. He lived at 1303 DeKalb Street.
Burial: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pa.

Mary Busch Hagaman was born October 27, 1889, atWashington Square,
Whitpain Township. In the stone house located at the Northwest corner of
Swede Road and Township Line Road now owned by Steve Arena. Mary died
unexpectedly at 2:35 a.m in Sacred Heart Hospital from a stroke. Mary who
was completing her eighth year as Register of Wills, suffered the stroke late
yesterday afternoon at her home, on 60 N. Highland Ave., Jeffersonville. She
had spent Friday and Saturday in New York and apparently seemed in good
health and spirits. Mrs. Bearer was found slumped in a chair at her home
about 7 p.m last evening by Dr. Mabel Kessler, psychologist who had lived
with Mrs. Beerer for some time. Mrs. Beerer had been under treatment for
some time for hypertension but this did not curtail her many activities and
did not deter her from carrying out her Court House duties.

Mary was educated in the Norristown Schools, and an honor graduate of the
Schissler College of Business Administration. She organized the first Mothers
Club at Cherry Street School, which now serves the the Montgomery bar
Association. She was a Vice President of the Community Chest, President of
the Norristown Y.W.C.A., a trustee of West Chester State Teachers College.
More importantly, Mary served as County Treasurer for one term and
Register of Wills for two terms; she was the FIRSTWOMAN EVER to hold
an elective county row{?town} office. Coincidentally, her maternal
Grandfather, William Grow Smith, served as a County Commissioner, and
her paternal Grandfather, Joseph Beerer served as County Treasurer.
Burial: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pa.

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