Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan.
Portrait Publishing Co., Chicago (1892)
ADELINE (TROMBLE) BEEBE.
The capability of women for managing large business interests is proved by a host of widely known and influential ladies, who occupy positions of honor and trust in the business world. Among this class Mrs. Beebe may be name and the extensive real-estate interest which are under her charge are managed with signal success. She is the daughter of Joseph and Sophia (Shepeton) Trombley, early settlers of Bay County, who are represented elsewhere in this work.
The earliest recollections of Mrs. Beebe are of pioneer scenes in the new country amid primitive surroundings, and she recalls the present thriving city where she now resides when there were but three house in its limits. She has witnessed with no little interest in the growth and progress of Bay City and now looks out on splendid structures which stand where once rose the smoke of the wigwam; on churches and schoolhouses which mark the spot of former forest trees, and on a teeming population where once the Indians roamed alone and unmolested.
On the corner of Twenty-fourth and Water Streets stood a building familiarly known as the old Center House, and in that plain frame house Mrs. Beebe was born August 27, 1843. When three years old she accompanied her parents from Bay City to Banks, and the first school which she attended was on Saginaw Street between Second and Third. To reach the school house she was compelled to cross the river and during the winter season she was drawn across the ice on a hand sled by her father and brothers. For a time she received private instruction at home, later attended the school in Banks, and at the age of fourteen years went to Detroit to attend the Convent of the Sacred Heart of Mary. After remaining there three years she returned home and afterward received instruction in the schools here. On account of the ill health of her mother the responsibility of the charge of the household early was thrown upon her, and she remained at home until her marriage.
On June 3, 1863 Jefferson Beebe and Adeline Tromble were united in marriage. Mr. Beebe was born in Ohio, where his father, Lewis, was a farmer, and at an early age removed from the Buckeye State to Southern Michigan, settling Shiawassee County. When eighteen years old he was the owner of the “Evening Star” until he sold out his fishing interests in 1884. He is a practical millwright and machinist, and is now engaged as foreman in the mills, and in various lines. Politically he is a strong Republican, has served as Alderman of the First Ward, and for a time was President of the Board of Trustees of Banks. Socially he belongs to the Order of Maccabees.
The attractive residence in which Mr. and Mrs. Beebe have established a pleasant home is situate on the corner of Washington and Bangor Streets, in West Bay City, and was erected by Mrs. Beebe in 1869. She also owns several lots and house and about twenty acres of fine land within the corporate limits of West Bay City. In religious matters she is a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and socially is identified with the Ladies Tent of the Nights of the Maccabees. In her younger years she was very skillful in the use of the oar and frequently rowed across the Saginaw River alone. Mr. and Mrs. Beebe have had five children – Jennie L., (Mrs. Palmer) who died in 1885 at the age of nineteen years; Frank J., Charles, Harvey and Joseph, who died at the age of nineteen months.
The attention of the reader is invited to the lithographic portrait of Mrs. Beebe which appears in connection with this sketch of her life.