Marion N. Beeman, born in Oblong Township in 1861, son of Charles S. Beeman, received his education in grade schools, State Normal School at Bloomington, Ill., State University at Champaign, Ill., and at Eastern Illinois State Normal at Charleston, where he graduated in the class of 1900. Later he took a non-resident course in the Illinois Wesleyan University where he graduated. He had 20 years experience teaching in Palestine, Pana, Altamont, and Robinson. For several years he was instructor in the County Normals in different counties in the State and served four years as County Superintendant of Schools of Crawford County. He began teaching with a second grade certificate, soon was possessor of a first grade, then a five year certificate and later held a life certificate in the State of Illinois. He was not only recognized as an instructor of marked ability but an author of recognized worth, writing both fiction and verse, composing the beautiful song entitled "Of Love and Thee", written and dedicated to his wife, Also "Analysis of the English Sentence," a text book on English Grammar.