ROBERT C. BEATY, a well-known and influential citizen of Richwoods Precinct, is a native of Calhoun County and was born in this precinct February 23, 1852, on his father's farm. His father, Robert Beaty, who is thought to have been a native of Pennsylvania, came to Calhoun County in an early day of its settlement and was a pioneer of Richwoods Precinct, where his useful career was cut short by his untimely death in 1852.
The mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Sarah Frances McGlaughlin, was a native of Jersey County, this State, and was there reared. She married a second time after the death of the father of our subject, becoming the wife of M. J. Nicholas, a farmer of this county, and she now resides in Belleview.
Our subject was but an infant when his father died, and he was reared by his mother and step-father. He attended the public schools in his youth and lived with his parents until he was twenty-one years old. After attaining his majority he gave his attention to farming about four years and then entered the mercantile business as a clerk for S. A. White, and has served that gentleman in that capacity continuously for a period of fourteen years. He has a fine insight into business, is a good salesman, always courteous and obliging to customers, and faithfully serving the interests of his employer.
The marriage of our subject with Miss Lucy E. DeLaney, a native of this county, was celebrated on the 8th of May, 1875. Mrs. Beaty is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is in every way a woman of fine character and respected by all around her. Mr. and Mrs. Beaty enjoy all the comforts of a good home and their pleasant household is completed by their three children — Carl R., Ione and Lamont.
Mr. Beaty is a man of many excellent traits and his life record thus far is such as to reflect credit on the citizenship of his native county. He always takes pleasure in doing whatever he can to advance the interests of his township, and has served it well in different official capacities. He is greatly interested in educational matters and has been a member of the School Board. He is now an incumbent of the office of Township Treasurer and is managing the affairs of this responsible position in a business-like manner and to the satisfaction of all concerned. In him the Democratic party has one of its strongest advocates in this part of the county. He cast his first vote for President for S. J. Tilden, and has never swerved from party allegiance. In the fall of 1890 Mr. Beaty was elected Sheriff of Calhoun County.
Extracted 16 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 416-419
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