Wesley C. Beachner
- Born: Nov 1891, Rochester, Monroe, New York 21,22,23
- Marriage: Catherine L. "Kitty" Englert on 24 Aug 1915 in , Monroe County, New York 20
- Died: 2 Aug 1950, Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, Gadsden County, Florida at age 58 23,24,25
- Buried: 5 Aug 1950, Section A-E; Row 6; Grave 1032, Florida State Hospital Cemetery, Chattahoochee, Florida 23
Memories of Wesley from Randy Beachner:
He referred to Wesley as a very wonderful fellow. Wesley was excellent with his hands. He played the banjo very well and was very skilled at laying wood floors and making wooden cases. He remembers that Catherine, "Kitty", left Wesley when there was little work for Wesley. He also remembers that Kitty was tough on the kids.
Memories of Wesley from Kathi Beachner McDonnell:
Kathi remembers being told that Wesley would travel looking for work during the depression.
1891: Wesley was born on either November 25th or November 29th. His WWI draft registration card indicates the 25th and his death certificate indicates the 29th.
1900 US Census: Living with parents and brothers at 149 Alphonse St., Rochester, NY. Listed "At School"
1910 US Census: Living with parents and brothers at 415 Alphonse St., Rochester, NY. Listed as a pattern maker for shoe patterns.
1914 Rochester, NY Directory: Beachner, Wesley C. casemaker 12 Caledonia bds 415 Alphonse
1915 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. casemaker 12 Caledonia Ave (near Poco) bds. 415 Alphonse
1916 - 1917 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Katherine) casemaker h. 415 Alphonse
1917 World War I Draft Registration Card:
Name: Welsey C. Beachner
Home Address: 415 Alphonse St. Rochester, NY
DOB: Nov. 25, 1891, Rochester, NY
Present Occupation: Leather Worker at Eastman Kodak, Caladonia Ave.
Married, one child
Description: Tall, slim, grey eyes, brown hair, not bald
Date of Registration: June 1917
1920 US Census: Living at 67 Clairmont St., Rochester, NY with wife Catherine, daughter June, & son Harvey. Listed as a Casemaker at Eastman
1920-21 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Katherine) casemaker h. 67 Clairmont
1922-23 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Katherine) casemaker h. 415 Alphonse
1924 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Katherine) floorlayer 47 East Ave. h. 415 Alphonse (Note: brother Roland is also a floorlayer at same address)
1925 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Katherine) floorlayer 42 East Ave. rm 126 h. @ Sea Breeze
1927-1930 Roch, NY Dir: same
1930 US Census: Owns ? White St, Irondequoit, NY. Living with wife Catherine, daughter June, & son Harvey. Listed as a House Carpenter. Home worth $2500.
1930-1931 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Katherine) floorlayer 43 East Ave h. @ Sea Breeze
1931 Irondequoit, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. (Catherine L) floor layer house 21 White (Sea Breeze)
1932 Irondequoit, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. floor layer r 4 Brad (Sea Breeze).
1933 Irondequoit, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley C. floor layer r 3 Brad (Sea Breeze).
1934 No Wesly in Irondequoit or Rochester Directories.
1935 Roch, NY Dir: Beachner, Wesley tile layer r. 130 Franklin Sq.
Wesley must have moved to Florida sometime after 1935. According to Wesley's death certificate his usual residence prior to hosital admission was Dade County, Florida.
April 1943, at time of mother's death, Wesley was living in Miami, Florida.
15 June 1946: Admitted to Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida. Information on his admission card from the hospital states that he was age 54, weighed 117 lbs, was 5'8" tall, and had blue eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion. His occupation was a Floor Layer. Civil condition listed as separated. His religion - Protestant. Son and daughter listed on the card are Harvey R. Beachner of 210 Chile Ave, Rochester, NY and Catherine Beachner of 38 Hillendale St., Rochester, NY (Not sure why Catherine was listed as a daughter - maybe a mistake or intentional?)
26 June 1946: Committed to Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida. Per his Inquistion of Incompetency papers from the Court of Gadsden County, Florida, Wesley was found to be incompetent by reason of mental incompetency (Psychosis with cerebral arteriosclerosis). The papers say that Wesley was experiencing hallucinations where he was seeing and conversing with his deceased mother and that his propensities are confused, worried, and anxious. Members of his family mentioned are June Heck, daughter residing at 38 Hillendale St, Catherine Beachner, separated wife residing at 38 Hillendale St, Rochester, NY and Harvey R. Beachner, son residing at 210 Chili Gates Town Line Road, Rochester, NY.
Info on Wesley Beachner's Death Certificate (Florida, #17231):
Date of Death - 2 Aug 1950, 5:40 p.m.
Place of Death - Florida State Hospital, Chattohoochee
Attending Doctor - Dr. William DeWitt Rogers
Time at hospital - 4 yrs, 1 mo, 18 days
Marriage - Separated
Date of Birth - 29 Nov 1891
Informant - Doris Hill
Cause of Death - Acute Cardiac Failure
Other medical conditions - Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease with Decompensation, Arrested Pulmonary Tuberculosis, and Psychosis with Cerebral Arteriosclerosis
Wesley's Obituary (not sure what newspaper, original clipped copy in Olive (Brasser) Bell's scrapbook):
Beachner - Died suddenly in Florida, Aug. 2, 1950 Wesley C. Beachner. Surviving are one son, Harvey R. Beachner of Spencerport; one daughter, Mrs. Edward T. Heck of Rochester, N.Y.; Two brothers, Roland J. Beachner of Sea Breaze, N.Y. and Harold E. Beachner of Pt. Pleasant, N.Y. Also one granddaughter Judy and four nieces and nephews. Burial in Florida.
According to a movie "Chattahoochee" and a separate book "Insanity: Inside Out" the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, FL was one of many in the US that severely abused mental patients. It is sad to know that Wesley was probably one of many who suffered from abuse in institutions like this.
Wesley married Catherine L. "Kitty" Englert, daughter of Augustinus M. "August" Englert and Caroline M. "Lena" Blohm, on 24 Aug 1915 in , Monroe County, New York.20 (Catherine L. "Kitty" Englert was born on 10 Jul 1893 in Kentucky,26 died on 9 Jun 1981 in Lakeshore Nursing Home, 425 Beach Ave., Rochester, Monroe, NY 26 and was buried on 10 Jun 1981 in Plot 1113, Section V-2, Riverside Cemetary, Rochester, MonroeNY 26.)