This is my Grandpa Beam. This picture was taken in Steele Mo. in 1952. Grandpa was from the Salem community in Itawamba County Ms. He took his family to Missouri to look for work and settled in a tenant house and worked on a farm there. I personally love this picture of Carl because it reflects a personality that has been passed down to his decendants. He was a very loving and friendly person. The old saying "He would give you the shirt of his back" fit Carl perfectly. He was always ready to help his family and friends in need. He set a standard of family unity that survives today in his children and grandchildren.-
Lemer Dessie Cleveland, Samual Carl Beam, Meardy Beam, Clancie Beam, Dorothy"Dot"Beam Moody & James Beam
When the family was in Missouri, the favorite past time after a hard days work in the fields was sitting under the big oak trees, in an area of the yard where there was no grass. Unlike today grass was a haven for ticks, fleas, and snakes. So most yards were bare dirt. Carls family and brothers and sister's families loved making music, and smoking hand twisted Prince Albert tobacco.With the sound and smell of clothes that were washed on a rubboard flapping in the night breeze, they would sit in ladder back chairs with seats that were hand woven with seagrass strings. I can just see Carl getting up and laying his fiddle on a piece of stove wood turned on its side to make a stool, to take a sipp, from a tin laddle of water drawn from the well or wash his face from a granite wear pan. And on the way to the well reaching down to one of the rugrats and grabbing them and saying.
" Gonna Getcha ! "