Joseph Conrad Beckstrand 1870-1935

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad Beckstrand was born 10 March 1870. In his early life, he was sickly part of the time. After he grew up, he was a very stout man and he did not have any serious sickness the rest of his life.

He courted his wife-to-be, Emmaline Bennett, in Holden. He would have to drive to Holden in a buggy with a team of horses, stay overnight and come back the next day. The courting became quite a task. It took two days to go eighteen miles, so he was glad when it came time to get married.

He was a freighter and pursued this occupation most of his early life. He was on the school board for quite some time. The old rock school house in Meadow had a dance hall on the top floor. Joseph Conrad managed the dances for many years.

He was good with people. If there was ever trouble, they would send for him. There were several times when there were drunks. He had a way of handling these people and they loved him for it. One time he received a letter addressed to Joe Beckstrand - Meadow. He had a hard time reading it but finally found out that it was from one of his friends who was so drunk that he couldn't write very well. In the letter this friend told him how much he loved him. Joseph was quite a hand at politics. He was very friendly and liked to talk. He was never in such a hurry that he could not take a few moments to visit with people. When people were sick (it didn't matter what disease or sickness they had), they could send for him and he would go and administer to them. It seemed that he had the gift of healing. He was thought by members of his family to be the greatest father who ever lived. He was very patient, especially with his family. When Clifton was growing up, Joseph had a big old white-top buggy and Nephi Beckstrand had a black-top buggy. Clifton was "courting" and he did not want to use the old white-top buggy so his father would go and borrow Nephi's black-top buggy for Clifton to use. He was very kind to his family, possibly a little too kind sometimes and perhaps he spoiled his children at times.

Joseph Conrad died 18 January 1935. Just prior to his death, he had gone to put in some grain down on the Stott land. When he came home, his daughter-in-law, Laura Beckstrand, invited him to dinner. He was just ready to come to dinner when a pain hit him in the heart. The doctor said that Joseph would get better but he would have to stay in bed for three months. Joseph replied that he would not stay in bed for three months. He wanted to be out doing something all the time. Within three days, he was dead.

Histories Compiled and Edited by Sue Anne Beckstrand Thompson
Our Beckstrand Heritage: Christina Beckstrand Pehrsson, Karl Johan Beckstrand, Elias August Beckstrand and their families
(Logan, Ut., self published, 2003)