From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren
Counties - 1890
Joseph Beeler, a blacksmith and wagon maker, of Lebanon, Van Buren County, is a native of Iowa. He was born in Lee
County May 28, 1847, and is a son of John and Hannah Vale Beeler, both of whom were natives of Indiana. His father
was born in 1817, and having attained to mature years, led to the marriage altar, in 1839, Miss Vale, who was born in
1818. They moved to Lee County, where Mr. Beeler died in the prime of his life, being but thirty four years of age,
when called to his final rest. His wife long survived him, dying at the age of sixty-three years. They were parents of four
children, of whom our subject was third in order of birth, and Jacob and Joseph are the only ones now living. The former
is a resident of Washington Township.
Joseph Beeler passed the days of his boyhood and youth in his native county, where he learned the trades of
blacksmithing and wagon making. Going to Garden Grove Iowa in 1862, he followed his trade at that place, but the
Civil War being in progress, and feeling it his duty to aid in the preservation of the Union, he enlisted in the Third Iowa
Cavalry under Capt. J.D. Brown. The regiment was commanded by Col. Noble; now Secretary of the Interior under
President Harrison. They participated in a few important engagements during that campaign, but in the summer of 1864
were engaged mostly in raids against the troops of Gen. Forrest. They did guard duty at Memphis and participated in the
battles of Tupelo and Guntown. In September of that year they crossed the river and started on a raid against Gen. Price
whom they followed through Missouri and Kansas.
The forces were then scattered and the Third Iowa Cavalry went to St. Louis, at which place its members boarded a
steamer, which was blown up by the bursting of a boiler. They afterwards joined Gen. Wilson, and with whom they
participated in the raid through Alabama and Georgia, in which took place the battles of Selma, Montgomery, Macon
and Columbus. Their next move was against Atlanta Georgia, where they were mustered out on August 9, 1865. Mr.
Beeler was present at the capture of Jefferson Davis. He was a faithful soldier, ever found at his post of duty, and at the
close of the war was honorably discharged.
When hostilities had ceased and the troops were once more free to return to their homes, Mr. Beeler resumed the trade
of blacksmithing and wagon making in Garden Grove, Iowa, where he remained until 1875, when he came to Lebanon
and purchased his present shop. He is doing a general line of blacksmithing and general jobbing business together with
wooden work, and also manufactures wagons and buggies. His business now yields him an annual income of $1,200. He
is an expert workman in both branches of his trade, and by fair and honest dealing he has secured the confidence of
those who give him their patronage.
The accomplished wife of Mr. Beeler was in her maidenhood, Miss Gracie Warner. She was born in October 1863,
and is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Beeler is a Republican in politics. They have but one child, a little son