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MSS 041 Beusse Family collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 041

Dates

  • 1865 – 1947 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1.67 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 flat box, 1 oversize Hollinger box, 1 standard Hollinger box.

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The Beusse Family collection contains materials, primarily photographs, donated by the Beusse family and descendants and relatives of the Beusse family. The Beusse Family has lived in Athens, Georgia since Captain Henry Beusse immigrated to Athens in 1846. He was a mayor of Athens and owner and founder of Champion/Pioneer Hook and Ladder in Athens. This collection includes primarily materials related to Lena Beusse, Captain Henry’s daughter-in-law including her family notes and family bible.

  • Language of Materials

    English

  • Condition Description

    Fair to good.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Carolyn Bittick, a distant relative, acquired these items from Mrs. Margerite Newton before her death. Descendants of the Beusses could not be found.

  • Arrangement

    These matieral were donated in several different boxes and have been in storage for over 10 years. They are arranged by type of matieral: photos, correspondence, papers, and books.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Captain Henry Beusse was the first mayor of Athens in 1871 as well as founded the Champion, or Pioneer, Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Athens in 1858. Beusse was connected with a large portion of businesses in Athens during his life. Born in 1827, Beusse relocated from Germany to New Orleans, Louisiana on December 25, 1845 as part of his travels as a sea captain. He traveled through Charleston in 1846, and eventually moved to Athens in 1846. He was engaged in merchandise until 1852, during which he took a trip to California. Upon his return to Athens he married Menecies Lindsay Evans in 1856. He organized the Champion Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and remained president and captain of the company until phased out by the city. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and became Grand Master of the state. He fought in the Civil War as a member of the Ninth Georgia Regiment. He became Alderman of the City Council in 1866, served as mayor in 1871, 1872, and 1881, and city assessor. He also opened the first roller skating rink in Athens in 1872 and operated a grocery business on Broad Street in the Marks building.

    Beusse and Menecies Lindsay Evans had eleven children, including two sets of twins – Albinus, Rosa, Catherine, Alice, Jesse, Annie, Henry, Carlton, Freddie, Wilhemnia, and Henry. Beusse died in 1903 and is buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery; his wife died in 1919. Of their children, the most is known about their son Henry W. who was born in 1870 and married Lena Gibson. Henry eventually became Athens Police Chief, and died in 1932.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection comprises three series: Bound Books and Notebooks, Correspondence and Other Text, and Photographs. The Bound Books and Notebooks series contains items like composition books and record books kept by Beusse family members. This series also contains a Hallmark date book from 1947 and other items of record keeping. The Correspondence and Other Text series is a catch-all for unbound papers and letters. Highlights of this series include correspondence from and to the Beusse family. The Photograph series is perhaps the most substantial of the three, and contains family photos for the Beusse family over the past several decades. These materials are from the Beusse family, but also from the Gibson, Burkhalter, Skelley, and Eppard families.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized in the following series: I. Bound Books and Notebooks II. Correspondence and Other Texts III. Photographs

Instances

  • Type
    Books
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1
  • Type
    Text
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    2
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    1-4
  • Type
    Graphic Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    2
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    5-6
  • Type
    Graphic Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    3
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    7-10

Components