History of Beason, Il.
By: Lawrence B. Stringer
Published by: Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago 1911


The village of Beason was laid out July 29, 1872, by Silas Beason. Jonathan R. Hall, George Gelsthorp, Elias Hammerton, Lewis C. Turk and Joseph Wilson on the newly completed line of the Havana, Lincoln and Eastern, now the Champaign and Havana branch of the Illinois Central railroal. Survey was made by Thomas G. Gardner, county surveyor. The town was named for Silas Beason, who was attorney for and one of the promoters of the new railroad. Additions to the original town have been made by Joseph Wilson, Elias Hammerton, Lewis C. Turk, J. E. Bumcrats and William Gelsthorp. The first store was built by Berryman H. Pendleton and by him used as a grocery. The second store was erected by M. R. Hall and occupied by Joseph Barwick with a general stock of goods. John A. Evans built the first dwelling in town and very shortly after William Verry and Berryman H. Pendleton erected houses. The latter was the first postmaster. Rudolph & Evans built the first shop in Beason and Pruitt & Gelsthorp erected the first elevator. In 1875, the Christian society built a house of worship and in 1877 the Methodists moved in their church building, which had previously been erected a mile east of the present site of Beason. In May of 1891, Armstrong & Company's elevator was destroyed by fire at a loss in building and grain consumed of $40,000. Another fire in 1893 destroyed nearly half the business structures in the town. The principal buildings have since been repiaced by a new brick block erected by J. H. Harnrnerton. The present school house was erected in 1893. In 1904. the Methodists built a new church at a cost of $5,000. Beason is located in Oran township and has a population of about 200.

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