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  • ID: I6
  • Name: Miles Griffith BEARD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 APR 1918 in Indianapolis,Marion CO.,Indiana
  • Death: 23 MAR 2006 in Mishawaka,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
  • Burial: 25 MAR 2006 St.JoeValleyMem,Granger,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
  • Note:
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    MILITARY:
    Co. E, 113th Engineer (Combat) Battalion, Indiana National Guard. The unit was
    activated by the U.S. Army on January 17, 1941. The battalion was stationed at
    Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in December 1941. The battalion served
    through the end of the war. Miles was honorably discharged as a master sergeant
    on December 27, 1945.
  • Note:
    Grew up in South Bend, Indiana, at 1218 Kinyon Street, just west of the St.
    Joseph River, north of downtown South Bend.
  • Note:
    Attended Muessel School through 8th grade.
    Graduated from Central High School, South Bend, Indiana.
    Attended University of Chicago, on full merit scholarship.
  • Note:
    Military service: Master Sgt. in U.S. Army during WW II. Served from January
    17, 1941 to December 1945. Entered the U.S. Army from the Indiana National
    Guard. Co. E, 113th Engineer Battalion.
  • Note:
    Lived in Mishawaka, Indiana, at 230 Palau Avenue from November 1949 until
    December 2004. From January 2005 until his death in March 2006, he lived in a
    nursing home in Mishawaka. Name of nursing home was Fountainview. It was
    located about two miles northwest of his house at 230 Palau.
  • Note: Social Security Number: 315-10-6764
  • Note:
    Worked at Ball Band/UniRoyal from about 1948 until about 1980. He worked in the
    factory, operated a vulcanizer, and was a member of United Rubber Workers Union.
  • Note:
    He had extreme tunnel vision that began when he was about 50 (in 1968). Before
    1999, he had suffered several small strokes (infarcts to the brain). Those
    small strokes went undiagnosed until he had a massive stroke March 21, 1999, at
    the age of 81. Brain scans after the massive stroke showed that there had been
    previous small strokes. After his massive stroke in March 1999, he was
    intentionally left without help for three hours before help was called for. As
    a result of the masssive stroke, he suffered left-side brain damage, aphasia,
    and right-side paralysis. By the last quarter of 1999, he was anemic because of
    bleeding from untreated colon cancer. In early 2000, he was hospitalized for
    TURP surgery (transurethral resection of the prostate). He was hospitalized for
    the surgery because he could not urinate. As he was being examined in
    preparation for the surgery, rectal bleeding and anemia caused by colon cancer
    were found, and the TURP surgery was delayed in favor of surgery to remove a
    ten-inch section of his colon. After he recovered from the surgery for colon
    cancer, he returned to the hospital for the TURP surgery.
  • Note:
    On May 24, 2003, when Miles was 85 years old, dealing with severe vascular
    infarct dementia (brain damage), aphasia from left-side brain damage,
    delusions, long-standing depression, confusion, near blindness, partial
    right-side paralysis, over medication, and intermittent dehydration,
    Miles sat in the rundown backyard of what had been his home since late 1949.
    With him were his wife and his wife's #1 daughter from her first marriage
    (Miles' stepdaughter). Also present was a lawyer whom Miles knew only as a boy
    who had grown up on the back street (S. Eric Marshall, Attorney at Law & CPA,
    graduate of U. of Notre Dame Law, law office in South Bend, Indiana). The lawyer
    chatted with Miles about things from decades earlier and mentioned names
    familiar to Miles from decades earlier, and Miles would have done his best to
    "act normal." The lawyer had made no attempt to contact Miles' physician to
    determine Miles' mental competence or capacity. ... Miles' #1 son and #3 son had
    spent time with Miles in the days before May 24, 2003. Miles had been cleaned
    up and shaved, and the yard had been cleaned up and trimmed. Also in town
    during the week of "clean up" had been Miles' wife's #2 daughter from her first
    marriage (Miles' other stepdaughter). ... On May 24, 2003, the lawyer arrived
    with a prepared durable power-of-attorney, ready for Miles' signature or mark.
    The events of that day were intentionally and willfully concealed from anyone
    who might have helped Miles. If the actions had been known, almost certainly
    any judge would have declared various documents to be void ab initio based on
    the documents having been "signed" by a man who, by the time of "signing," had
    the mental capacity of an eight- or ten-year-old child. By the time he was
    being manipulated, Miles' brain had been damaged to the point that his brain
    had lost executory function. There was an intentional conspiracy to hide the
    actions from anyone who might have offered Miles protection.
  • Note:
    From January 3, 2005, until Miles' death on March 23, 2006, Miles resided at
    Fountainview Place Nursing Home, in Mishawaka, Indiana. For the last eight
    months of Miles' life, his roommate was Mr. Bernard Lenczowski, a Catholic
    gentleman who was visited daily by one of his two daughters.
  • Note:
    Miles' direct cause of death was dehydration. On the Saturday before he died on
    Thursday, Miles did not eat, for unknown reasons. He became dehydrated. The
    following day, the nursing home wanted to give him hydration by IV. Someone
    from the nursing home contacted the person who had taken his power-of-attorney
    after he was severely brain damaged; permission was requested to rehydrate
    Miles. The person who had taken power-of-attorney ordered the nursing home, "no
    IV hydration and no IV nutrition." Basically, "If he doesn't eat or drink on
    his own, for whatever reason, let him die." ... Miles died lying in an open
    room, across from the nursing home dining room, next to the nurses' station.
    For five days he lay there dying of POA-ordered forced dehydration, able to be
    seen by anyone who looked into his room on the way into the dining room, able
    to be seen by anyone who visited the nursing station and looked into the room.
    ... Miles' death certificate was signed by a physician (Thomas Barbour) who had
    not seen Mr. Beard the day he died or the immediate days prior. Miles died just
    after 7 P.M. on Thursday, March 23; the physician signed the death certificate
    on Saturday, March 25, listing cause of death as "severe dementia" that Miles
    had had for "several years." There was no autopsy, no coroner's report, and
    Miles' body was in the ground before Dr. Barbour even signed the death
    certificate. The following Monday, the death certificate was rubber stamped by
    the County Health Officer.
  • Note:
    Miles was a veteran of World War II; he served for five years and was honorably
    discharged as a Master Sergeant. In October 2006, his grave was marked with a
    military marker provided by the Veterans Administration. July 30, 2007, the same
    person who had taken his power-of-attorney after Miles was severely brain
    damaged (the same person who had ordered Miles to die of forced dehydration)
    learned that Miles' grave site had been marked with a military marker. She
    orderd the cemetery employees to dig up the military marker and completely
    remove it from Miles' grave site. She was able to do that because she had put
    her name on the burial plot when she used Miles' own money to arrange for the
    purchase of the burial plot in December 2004, when she believed that Miles
    would soon be dead. By the time she ordered that the WW II veteran's
    military marker be removed from his grave, Miles had been dead for more than 16
    months. He had been severely brain damaged for more than seven years before he
    died. Miles was not served well by the people who pretended to "help" him after
    his massive stroke in March 1999, after which he was left unarguably and
    severely brain damaged.
  • Note:
    CENSUS AND OTHER RECORDS:
    1920: Indiana, Fulton Co., Wayne Township. Enumeration District 79; sheet 2-A;
    line 33. January 6, 1920. Age: one year, 9 months. Born in Indiana. Living
    with parents: Irvin (23, b. Indiana) and Bernice (28, b. Indiana). Father was
    farming on rented property.
  • Note:
    1930: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Portage Township, South Bend. Enumeration
    District 71-9; sheet 7-A; line 13. April 8, 1930. Age: 11. Living with parents:
    Irvin (32) and Bernice (39). Also living with brothers: Max, 10, b. Indiana;
    Bruce, 8, b. Indiana. Father was working as a gravel contractor. Address: 1218
    Kinyon Street. His parents were renting the house for $32 a month.
  • Note:
    1935 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon; Geo. I.
    Beard, laborer at Studebaker Corp., and wife Bernice G.
  • Note:
    1936 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, student, 1218 Kinyon.
    At same residence: Geo. I. Beard, laborer at Studebaker Corp, wife Bernice G.,
    and Max I., student.
  • Note:
    1937 city directory for South Bend: Listed as residing at 1218 Kinyon. Miles G.
    Beard, student. Also listed at same address were his brother Max I. Beard
    (student) and his parents: Geo. I. Beard, sprayer at Studebaker Corp., with
    wife Bernice G. And his aunt was listed there: Edith E. Beard, nurse. His
    brother Bruce was too young to be listed in the directory. One tiny house,
    with three adults and three teenage boys.
  • Note:
    1938 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon, stamp
    collector. Geo. I. Beard, auto worker at Studebaker Corp, and wife Bernice G.
    Max I. Beard, student.
  • Note:
    1939 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon (no
    occupation listed). Geo. I. Beard, no occupation listed, and wife Bernice. Max
    I. Beard, student. Bruce Beard, student.
  • Note:
    1940 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles Beard, 1218 Kinyon (no
    occupation listed). Geo. I. Beard, no occupation listed, and wife Bernice. Max
    I. Beard, no occupation listed. Bruce W. Beard, factory worker.
  • Note:
    1940 census: Indiana, St. Joseph County, Portage Township, South Bend Ward 1,
    block numbers 96-97. Enumeration District 97-3; Sheet No. 4-A; line 3. April
    6, 1940. In the set of released images, it is image 7 or 24 images for ED 97-3.
    1218 Kinyon St.
    HEAD of household is incorrectly named as "John Beard" (rather than George
    Beard), 42, married, H-2 (2 years of high school), born in Indiana, seeking
    work, unemployed 6 months; trade - laborer in construction; worked 25
    weeks in 1939; income in 1939, $600.
    WIFE: Bernice Beard, 49; married; C-2 (2 years of college); born in Indiana;
    housework.
    SON: Miles Beard, 21; single; C-2 (2 years of college); born in Indiana; not
    working; in school; no income in 1939.
    SON: Bruce Beard, 18; single; H-4 (4 years of high school); born in Indiana;
    seeking work; unemployed 10 months; new worker; no income in 1939.
    Adjusting for inflation using the CPI Inflation Calculator at www.bls.gov, $600
    in 1939 would have the purchasing power of $9,827.18 in 2012. Four adults
    surviving off such a small amount. The family must have been subsisting with
    help from Miles's father's parents' farm in Carroll County, Indiana.
    NOTE: Regarding the notation for Bernice that she had two years of college,
    that is incorrect. In 2005, while visiting with Bernice's granddaughter Mary
    Fran in her home in Texas, I (Alice Beard) saw a framed diploma for Bernice
    showing that she had been awarded a bachelor of science degree. Any bachelor's
    degree is a four-year degree.
  • Note:
    1941: U.S. WW II Army Enlistment. Enlistment date: Jan. 17, 1941; enlisted from
    South Bend, into the Corps of Engineers, as a private; entered the Army from
    the National Guard. One year of college. Single, without dependents. 72
    inches tall; 160 pounds.
  • Note:
    1941 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon;
    occupation listed as "USA." By then, he was in the U.S. Army; his legal
    residence was his parents' house. Also listed at residence: Geo. I. Beard,
    laborer, and wife Bernice; Bruce W. Beard, carpenter; Max I. Beard, inspector.
  • Note:
    1942 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon,
    occupation listed as USA. Also at address: Geo. I. Beard, laborer, and wife
    Bernice; Bruce W. Beard, carpenter; Max I. Beard, student.
  • Note:
    1945 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon,
    occupation USA. Also at address: Geo. I. Beard, engineer, and wife Bernice;
    Bruce W. Beard, USA; Max I. Beard, USA.
  • Note: 1945: Discharged from Army on December 27, 1945.
  • Note:
    1949 city directory, South Bend, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 1218 Kinyon, no
    occupation listed. Also at address: George I. Beard, road builder, and wife
    Bernice; Bruce W. Beard (no occupation listed).
  • Note:
    1949: Purchased property in Mishawaka, Indiana, in October 1949. Address of
    property: 230 Palau Avenue; Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana.
  • Note: 1949: Married in South Bend, Indiana, on November 19, 1949.
  • Note:
    1950 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palau Ave.,
    factory worker, and wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1951 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palace Av
    (INCORRECT, but spelled so in the directory), factory worker at Ball Band, and
    wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1953 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palace Av
    (INCORRECT, but spelled so in the directory), factory worker at Ball Band, and
    wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1954 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palace Av
    (INCORRECT, but spelled so in the directory), factory worker at Ball Band, and
    wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1956 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palau Av, factory
    worker at Ball Band, and wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1957 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palau Av, factory
    worker, US Rubber, and wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1958 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palau Av, factory
    worker at Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Mfg, and wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1959 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palau Av, factory
    worker at US Rubber & Woolen Mfg, and wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    1960 city directory, Mishawaka, Indiana: Miles G. Beard, 230 Palau Av, factory
    worker at US Rubber & Woolen Mfg, and wife Eliz. A.
  • Note:
    The census listings for 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2000 are projected
    listings. The information is provided by Miles' daughter to make it easier for
    some future researcher to find Miles on the census in the future, by which time
    Miles' daughter will be dead, gone, and no longer able to speak. This database
    is a way to reach into the future and speak to that future researcher:
  • Note:
    1950: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Penn Township, Mishawaka. Living at 230 Palau.
    Census date: April 1, 1950, a Saturday. Living with wife: Elizabeth Ann, age
    29. In the household on the weekends were his two stepdaughters, his wife's
    daughters from her first marriage. During the week, the stepdaughters stayed
    with their maternal grandparents in Niles, Berrien County, Michigan. Until
    Miles' wife stopped working as a cashier at the local A&P grocery store
    shortly before Miles' daughter was born in September 1950, that was the
    arrangement: the stepdaughters were with their maternal grandparents during the
    week and in Miles' house only on the weekends.
  • Note:
    1960: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Penn Twp., Mishawaka. Living at 230 Palau.
    Age 42. Living with wife (39), daughter (9), two sons (5 and 1), and two
    stepdaughters (16 and 13).
  • Note:
    1970: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Penn Twp., Mishawaka. Living at 230 Palau. Age
    52. Living with wife (49), daughter (19), and three sons (15, 11, and 6).
  • Note:
    1980: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Penn Twp., Mishawaka. Living at 230 Palau. Age
    62. Living with wife (59), and one son (16).
  • Note:
    1990: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Penn Twp., Mishawaka. Living at 230 Palau. Age
    72. Living with wife (69).
  • Note:
    2000: Indiana, St. Joseph Co., Penn Twp., Mishawaka. Living at 230 Palau. Age
    82. Physically disabled and suffering mental impairment as a result of major
    stroke and several minor strokes. It is possible that he was in the Mishawaka
    hospital at the time of the census. Otherwise, he was living at home with his
    79-year-old wife.
  • Note:
    At his funeral were his widow (on a day-pass from the hospital where she had
    been for a month as a result of infected bed sores), his oldest son (and his
    wife of one year), his youngest son (and his wife of 16 years), and four of his
    grandchildren (children of youngest son). Also present were his widow's 1st
    daughter from her 1st marriage (and that woman's son and her live-in
    companion), his widow's 2nd daughter from her 1st marriage (and that woman's
    daughter), his widow's 84-year-old nephew (and his daughter), his widow's
    79-year-old niece, his widow's 72-year-old nephew (and his wife of 53 years),
    his widow's 65-year-old nephew (and his wife of 45 years), his widow's
    76-year-old niece (and her husband of 55 years), his widow's 65-year-old twin
    nieces, his next-door neighbors (to the west) of over 45 years, the "boy" from
    the back street who grew up to become a lawyer (who was the attorney who was
    supposed to have been representing Miles' interests in the summer of 2003 --
    by when Miles had lost executory capacity as a result of infarct dementia),
    a man who had been a childhood friend of Miles' #3 son and who had once lived
    two houses west of Miles, and a woman who was the friend of the #2 daughter of
    Miles' widow (and that woman's husband). Three other people arrived but left
    before the minister spoke: (Person #1) A woman who gave her name as "Rita" and
    who identified herself as a long ago friend of Miles' #2 son; she was described
    as petite, perfectly dressed and made-up, seemingly well-educated. She said
    that she had once worked at a fast-food restaurant with Miles' #2 son. She
    asked if anyone had any information about the #2 son; she was told no one had
    heard from him in many years, and no one knew where he was. (Persons #2 and #3)
    Two men who identified themselves as high-school friends of Miles' only
    daughter. One of the two men had seen Miles less than 8 hours before Miles died
    and had taken photographs of Miles then. The minister at the funeral was the
    Rev. Ronald BOWMAN, an associate pastor at Mishawaka's First United Methodist
    Church.
  • Note:
    STORY OF MILES' FIRST-BORN GRANDCHILD:
    At the time of Miles Beard's death in 2006, Miles had six acknowledged
    grandchildren and one hidden grandchild about whom he may never have known. The
    hidden grandchild was a grandson, born in June 1975, in St. Joseph County,
    Indiana. Through that hidden grandson, Miles had two great-grandsons,
    born about 1997 and about 2000. It is not known whether Miles knew of the
    grandson who was born in 1975. However, it is a certainty that Miles' wife knew
    about the grandson. Miles' wife told Miles' daughter (Alice Marie Beard, the
    compiler of this database) about that grandson in early August 2001, in a
    face-to-face conversation in Mishawaka, Indiana. It took ten years of
    searching. In early September 2011, Alice Beard determined the name, birth
    date, and the September 2011 location of that first-born grandson of Miles
    Beard. There is every evidence that the grandson is healthy, bright, and
    functioning well. The evidence indicates that Miles' #2 son (father of Miles'
    first-born grandchild) did not willingly give up his son. The baby was
    conceived by two underaged teenagers who lived near each other and who had
    known each other for about two years. After the young mother was pregnant, she
    married a man of legal age, and the baby was passed off as the son of the other
    man. What the other man knew or ever learned is not known. However, since the
    young mother was married to another man when the child was born, by Indiana
    law, it was the legal presumption that her husband was the father; by law,
    the presumption could not be rebutted. By law, no matter how much evidence to
    the contrary, the law said that the child was the legal child of the woman's
    husband. When the child was two-and-a-half years old, the young mother made the
    decision to end all contact and to prevent the natural father from seeing his
    son. ... What Alice's mother told her in August 2001, while sitting in an
    Italian restaurant on McKinley Avenue in Mishawaka, Indiana, was the following:
  • Note:
    Miles #2 son had a son who was born when #2 son was 16, about the time the
    school year ended. The mother of that child telephoned Miles' wife when she was
    still in the hospital and told Miles' wife that she had just given birth to the
    son of Miles' #2 son, but that another man's name would be listed as the
    father on the birth certificate and that the baby would not carry the BEARD
    surname. Alice's mother said that she could not remember the young mother's
    name. However, she could remember that the young mother had lived "nearby" and
    "in the neighborhood" before the baby was born. And Alice's mother said that
    after the baby was born, when #2 son would visit his son, the mother, son, and
    the mother's husband lived on Main Street, south of McKinley, in Mishawaka.
  • Note:
    LEARNED LATER: According to the birth notice that appeared in the Mishawaka
    section of the South Bend Tribune the day after the baby was born, the mother's
    address when the baby was born was her mother's address -- in Normain Heights,
    closeby the Beard household.




    Father: George Irvin BEARD b: 30 JUN 1897 in Owasco,Clay Township,Carroll Co.,Indiana
    Mother: Bernice GRIFFITH b: 13 JAN 1891 in Locheil,Benton Co.,Indiana

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Ann DOYLE b: 12 JAN 1921 in Lake Ida Twp.,Norman Co.,Minnesota
    • Divorced: N
    • Married: 19 NOV 1949 in South Bend,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana
    Children
    1. Has No Children Dale Lester BEARD b: 3 MAY 1959 in Mishawaka,St. Joseph Co.,Indiana

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    This database is the result of over 25 years of my research. I am now an attorney; in the past, I spent two years as a librarian at an LDS Family History Center. For direct-line ancestors, and for all descendants of any of my great-great grandparents, all information has been proven by me. However, as with most genealogists, I have included some information in this database that is not the result of my own research, but rather the result of someone else claiming that the information is correct.

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