Lawrence J. Beesley

29 Oct 1916 - 17 Aug 1959


Lawrence J. Beesley

29 Oct 1916 - 17 Aug 1959
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LAWRENCE JOSEPH BEESLEY by Yolanda Lea Beesley Davenport Lawrence Jospeh Beesley's parents, John Beesley and Chloe Thayne Beesley made their home in Rexburg where all their children were born. They had six sons. Their first son, John Thayne (Jack) was born on June 12, 1910. Two years later on Aug. 2
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Lawrence J. Beesley


Rexburg Cemetery

312 Cemetery Rd
Rexburg, Madison, Idaho
United States


August 4, 2011


August 4, 2011

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Lawrence Joseph Beesley

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LAWRENCE JOSEPH BEESLEY by Yolanda Lea Beesley Davenport Lawrence Jospeh Beesley's parents, John Beesley and Chloe Thayne Beesley made their home in Rexburg where all their children were born. They had six sons. Their first son, John Thayne (Jack) was born on June 12, 1910. Two years later on Aug. 21, 1912 twin boys, Ray and Reed, were born. On Dec. 4, 1915 Chloe's mother passed away, at the age of fifty-three. She died after a long illness at her home. She was surrounded by all her children. In 1916 John and Chloe were renting a little old house located on Main Street, where the Madison Jr. High is now located. Here on Oct. 29, 1916, my father, Lawrence Joseph was born. When he was about two and a half, in 1919, his father built a home at 126 N. 3 W. The home had three rooms, two bedrooms, a kitchen combined with a living room. It was heated by the cookstove. A large shed, or garage, and an outhouse were built out behind the house. John and Chloe did not attend church much during their married life. Apparently John never gained a strong testimony of the Gospel. Although his parents were active, as he grew up, the love and devotion they felt towards the gospel was not instilled in him of his brothers and sisters, for none of them made the church much a part of their lives after they left home. Maybe they forgot to have Family Home Evening. Chloe, too, came from a very religious background, but her choice in marriage probably made it somewhat difficult to be very active. They did have their sons baptized members of the Church. In fact, Jack, Ray and Reed were all baptized on the same day March 5, 1921. On Jan 7, 1924 a son named Leo Thayne was born and died the same day. The bishop of their ward wouldn't conduct graveside services. Then on Feb. 22, 1925 Chloe had another baby boy, Leonard Thayne, who also died the same day of his birth. At this time they had a different Bishop. When they requested him to conduct graveside services he wouldn't. They got a bishop outside of their ward to conduct the services. They let these incidents cause resentment towards the Church. John and Chloe loved each other and they worked hard together through years of hardship and depression to provide for their sons. Lawrence was baptized on Mar. 5, 1926 when he was about nine and a half. Because of his family's inactivity he grew up without much gospel training. He attended school in Rexburg and graduated from Madison High School. His father liked to gather old cars and motors. He would park them around their home. Lawrence and Reed liked to mess around with the old cars. Lawrence's friend whose last name was Riley liked to come over and mess around on the cars too. The two of them would get together and take motors apart and put them back together again. Riley's big sister, who is now Mrs. Bob Purrington, remembers being impressed by how those guys could spend all that time together taking a motor apart and then getting it back together and running. After high school Lawrence joined the air force and worked as a mechanic. His brother Reed also joined the air force. Reed liked to tell the story of how he wanted to be a mechanic in the air force so when he took the test to join up he answered the questions really good. He put down all he knew especially about mechanics, and then he was called to be a medic. So he told Lawrence not to answer the questions so smart or he would be called to be a medic. Lawrence was sent to Texas where he got his basic training. Then he was sent to Burbank- Lockied, in California, for more training, then to Santa Rosa, then to Glendale, Van Heise and back to Glendale. It was while he was in Glendale that he met Clara Dinsmore, my mother.

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Lawrence J. Beesley was born on 29 Oct 1916
Lawrence J. Beesley was 13 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
Lawrence J. Beesley was 23 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Lawrence J. Beesley was 29 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Lawrence J. Beesley died on 17 Aug 1959 at the age of 42
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