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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 23, 1915

C.C. Beekman, pioneer financier, and one of the most striking figures in the early history of southern Oregon, died at his family residence in Jacksonville Monday night, Feb. 22, 1915, age 87 years and 26 days, of hemorrhage of the bowels. his wife, his son Benjamin of Portland, and daughter Miss Clara, and the attending physician, Dr. Robinson, were at his bedside. Funeral services will be held in Jacksonville Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

In the passing of this gentle character who linked the old with the new, Jackson County loses one of its most sterling and beloved citizens. His acquaintances numbered most of the old settlers of the state. He was the best informed man in Oregon upon historical data connected with the early development of this state, and played a leading role in the growth of Jackson County. For 63 years he occupied the same office in the same building in Jacksonville. Two years ago he closed the Beekman Bank, after it had been in operation since 1852, when with Thomas G. Reames, he established it.

In 1876 Mr. Beekman ran for governor of Oregon. He was beaten by 76 votes. His friends to this day charge that was counted out by foes of Southern Oregon. He gave liberally to educational work and founded the Beekman fund at the University of Oregon. He was a member of the Jacksonville Presbyterian church. For years he has been a regular attendant at its services every Sunday evening. He was a member of the Jacksonville lodge of Masons. Every Thursday night for years he has attended its sessions. One of the striking traits of his life was his punctuality in his daily routine. Mr. Beekman celebrated his 53rd wedding anniversary on January 29. His wife survives.

Mr. Beekman was born in New York City on Jan. 27, 1828, where a brother still resides.

When 21 years old, gold was discovered in California. Fired with adventure, young Beekman made his way to San Francisco via Panama. He made his way to the northern park of California, working at his trade at $18 a day, and mining near Sawyers Bar, Yreka and Scott's Bar. After a year as a miner, he accepted a position with the Cram, Rogers company, who detailed him to Jacksonville as their representative. This marks his entrance into the city where he spent 65 years of his worthy life.

The Cram Rogers company failed to weather business storms and yielded to the Wells Fargo Express company, who established an overland stage station at Jacksonville, naming young Beekman their agent. In this capacity he came in contact with all identified with Jackson County when Jacksonville was one of the great gold camps of the world. Of those times and the men and women of it, he was a spring of information, and never tired of telling, in his quiet way, of pioneer happenings.