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David Ewing Beggs


David Ewing Beggs

David Ewing Beggs was born on Aug. 30, 1894 in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the son of William J. and Mary Belle (Minerd) Beggs Sr. He was named after his uncle, Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the famed "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County. 

As a young adult, David was described as short and slender, with grey eyes and light hair. 

David registered for the military draft during World War I, and eventually served in the U.S. Army during the conflict. At the time of his enlistment, he was employed as a sheet metal worker for Kaufmann Brothers Department Store of Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh. He told the registration board that a 12-year-old sister (Pearl) depended upon him for support.

After the war, David returned to Fayette County, and settled in Uniontown. He was employed for Clark's Restaurant in Uniontown for more than two decades.

He never married.


Downtown Cleveland, with Lake Erie in the background.



David, left, with his mother and brother

In the photograph seen here with his mother, David stands at left, and William at right.

By 1939, David had moved to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH. He was employed there as a chef and kitchen helper.

David's address in the mid-1940s was 3606 Prospect Street, where he rented rooms from restaurant cook Fred Stimler.


Uniontown obituary, 1946

As his health failed due to the effects of heart problems, David was admitted to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland. He succumbed there at age 49, following a long illness on Feb. 16, 1946. R.S. Millard, of Carnegie at 105th Street, was the informant for the official Ohio certificate of death.

His remains were returned to Uniontown under arrangements managed by the Minerd Funeral Home, owned by David's first cousin, Edward E. Minerd. The funeral was led by Canon Bernard C. Newman.

He was buried with full military rites at Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown.


Copyright 2001, 2008, 2011 Mark A. Miner

Cleveland aereial photo by Butler Airphotos, Inc., Cleveland