Thursday, August 25, 2011


Ink-Slinger Profiles: George J. Beaty

George James Beaty was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on February 13, 1892, according to his World War II draft card. He was recorded in the 1895 Iowa State Census. In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, he was the youngest of two sons born to David and Mary. They lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa at 1007 First Street. His father was a miller. The date of their move to South Dakota is not known.

In 1910 Beaty and his parents lived in Madison, South Dakota at 711 8 Street. His father was in real estate, selling land. According to the 1930 census, Beaty married Irene when he was 23 years old, which would have been in 1915. He signed his World War I draft card on June 5, 1917. He lived in Chicago, Illinois at 7 East Chestnut Street. He worked as an artist for the A.W. Shaw Company. His description was tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair.

In 1920 Beaty and his wife lived in St. Joseph, Michigan at 814 Broad Street. His occupation was commercial artist at a publishing company. The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois) reported visits to his parents, in Arlington Heights, and vice versa.

December 29, 1922: Beaty, wife and son, David, visited at Christmas.

October 24, 1924: Wife and son visited her parents in Oklahoma, then his parents and brother before returning home in Pittsburgh.

September 18, 1925: The Beatys visited his parents and brother.

July 16, 1926: "Mr. and Mrs. David G. Beaty…went to Atlantic City to visit their son, George Beaty, who has a fine employment as cartoonist."

In 1930 the Beaty family of four lived in Absecon, New Jersey at 834 Shore Road, a few miles northwest of Atlantic City. He was a commercial artist at a sign company. The date of his move to Connecticut is not known. He was listed in the Bridgeport Fairfield, Southport Stratford DIrectory at four different addresses, from 1931 to 1939. (The available directories at His father passed away in August 1931 according to the Daily Herald.

The 1940 census is not available. One of his strips was Want Ad Willy. A bound volume of The Writer's Market (Writer's Digest, 1945) had the following listing on page 202: "Want Ad Willy, 410 State Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut. George J. Beaty, Editor." Beaty signed his World War II draft card on April 27, 1942. He lived at 71 Grasmere Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and worked at the Post Publishing Company. The Daily Herald published the following item on January 7, 1944: "Mrs. D.G. Beaty received sad news last Thursday [December 30, 1943] telling of the death of her younger son, George, in Connecticut." According to the Daily Herald, his wife and daughter moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his mother passed away in June 1946.


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