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,
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.