Obituaries - Beall
BEALL, SUSAN UHL continued
on his way to attend the funeral. Messrs. F.C. Beall and George Beall and Mrs. Mollie [Mary] Winters [sic; Winter]], of this city, are nephews and niece of the deceased.” [CET 1-23-1913]
“The following synopsis of the beautiful tribute paid to Mrs. Susan Uhl Beall by Rev. Dr. D.H. Martin, at her funeral services in the First M.E. Church on Friday afternoon last, are [sic] printed at the request of the many friends of the deceased, who was Frostburg's oldest woman and one of its most highly esteemed citizens:
‘“Give her the fruit of her hands and let her own work praise her in the gates,”’ Prov. XXXI:31.
The casket [before] us presents two scenes—one the reception of the soul in Heaven and the hearing of the blessed sentence of commendation, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant,’ and the other the sight upon which our eyes look today when relatives and friends surround the coffin and think and speak of the christian life of the departed.
Mrs. Susan Uhl Beall was born in Frostburg, Md., Jan. 21, 1822, and died in Frostburg, Jan. 22, 1913, being therefore one day over 91 years of age.
Mrs. Beall was the daughter of Peter Uhl, a pioneer of this section and one of the pillars of the church, and the blood and environment from which she came had much to do in making her a strong and noble character.
In 1840, under the ministry of Rev. Francis M. Mills, she became a member of First M.E. Church, and remained an honored member until her translation to the Church Celestial, having served the church on earth faithfully for over 73 years. On July 6, 1843, she married Richard Hill Beall, son of Captain Beall, and her married life reached over a period of fifty years. To her six children were born, two of whom survive to cherish her memory and mourn her loss.
Her husband was a successful business man and through all the varied experiences of his life she proved herself a worthy help mate. She made her home the center of her life and in these days when woman-kind has a strong tendency to the occupation of the spheres of a man's activities it would be well if the sex would hark back to the ideal of home and motherhood so beautifully presented in the life of this good woman. The influence of the home which she made and the memory of the mother's life will go with her children to the day of their death.
Mrs. Beall was one of the oldest inhabitants of the county. But few people attain her advanced age. Her whole life was spent in Frostburg and comparatively few live their lives and die in the place where they were born.
Her life covers the history of the town. Her birth reaches back to the days of the stage coach and she must have had the privilege of meeting many distinguished personages, who traveled this great thoroughfare from East to West in the early days. She saw the birth and development of the coal industry in this section. When she was born Frostburg could have been at best only a handful of houses, but she lived long enough to see it grow into a modern city with railroads and paved streets and fine business houses, beautiful churches and magnificent schools. Think of the people who have been born and died in this town within the life-time of this woman! Her life covers a large part of the Nation’s history. When she was born James Monroe was President. Within her life time the great struggle over the slavery question reached its crisis. The date of her birth brings to our minds the names of men famous in the Nation’s history. We think of Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, J.Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, Robert Hayne, Daniel Webster, Harrison and Phillips. The great French patriot La Fayette made his memorable visit to America since this woman was born. The Mexican War was fought and Texas annexed and gold discovered in the West since the day of her birth. We think of John Brown’s raid, the Civil War, the Emancipation of the slave and the period of reconstruction of comparative recent days.
Looking at the world at large we remember that the practical application of steam to the material benefit of mankind has been made since she was born. The great railroad business and the telegraph and telephone and deep sea cable and the ocean grey hound have all come since then. In science the idea of conservation of energy, in medicine the use of the anesthetic, and in astronomy, the perfection of the telescope brings new planets to view, all this within the life of this woman. Turn to the field of literature and you will be impressed by the fact that many of the greatest names have come to fame since she was born.
Queen Victoria ascended the throne of England, reigned as the food Queen, died amid the tears of the world. Edward, the son, reigned and died and now the grandson, George, sits upon the throne, all within this woman's lifetime. We think of great events in the world's history, like England's opium war, Sepoy Rebellion, the search of Stanley for Livingston and the death of Chinese Gordon, as all have taken place since she was born. Gladstone came to public life, served his country, and the world has been dead to these many years, and Germany has become a mighty united Nation, and the hand of her moulder Prince Bismark, has lain silent long in the grave, but the birth of this woman ante dates these great national events. Her life reaches back
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
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