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    “Andrew Beveridge, a prominent figure in real-estate circles in Sioux Falls, has reached the Psalmist’s allotted span of three score years and ten but is a most vigorous, active man – a force in the business circles in which he moves.  He was born in West Hebron, Washington county, New York, December 2, 1844, and was seven years of age when he went with his family to Illinois, settling in De Kalb.  The family home was eighteen miles west of the terminus of the railroad and pioneer conditions prevailed there.  Again he became identified with frontier life when in 1884 he took up his abode in Sioux Falls, which at that time was a small town.

    In the meantime Andrew Beveridge had pursued a public-school education in Illinois and had completed a course in Monmouth College by graduation with the class of 1865.  Only ten members of that class still survive and they are now widely scattered, being found in various parts of the world.  Before his college course was completed, however, Mr. Beveridge rendered military aid to his country, joining Company A, of the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Illinois Infantry, in 1864, when a youth of nineteen years.  He served with that command for six months and then at the close of the war returned home.

    In 1873 Mr. Beveridge was united in marriage to Miss Myra E. Dewey, who was born in Lenox, Berkshire county, Massachusetts.  They had three children, of whom two are living:  Max F., who is connected with the Cadillac Sales Company at Sioux Falls;  and Mrs H. Marshall, who also resides at Sioux Falls and who has three children,  Bertram Butler,  Clifford and Andrew Donald.

    Mr. Beveridge takes much interest in politics and served as chairman of the democratic central committee for a number of years.  He has been a resident of Sioux Falls for thirty-one years.  He is now actvely engaged in the real-estate business and his enterprise and energy are factors in his substantial success.  He has thoroughly acquainted himself with realty values, knows the property that is upon the market and as the years have gone on has so directed his labors as to gain a gratifying prosperity.  Moreover, the integrity of his business methods is unassailable and he is accorded the high regard and goodwill of those with whom he comes in contact through business or social relations.”

     George W. Kingsbury, History of Dakota Territory,  Vol. 5  (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1915)  pp. 917 – 918.

Andrew Beveridge died at the age of 75 years and was buried on November 11, 1919 in the family lot in Block 11 – Lot 11 of the cemetery. His wife, Myra, lived on until 1946, dying at the age of 97 years.  She rests by his side.  Agnes Beveridge, their daughter, is buried with them as well. She was ten years of age when she died in 1886, of what cause the records do not indicate.