George M. Beck

                 Goodspeed 1890

George M. Beck is the publisher of the Arkadelphia Herald, a progressive newspaper which is now in its fourth year. Though only in his thirty fifth year, Mr. Beck commands the good opinions of those around him, and since personal respect is the key to success in every department of life, journalistic no less than legal or official, he has that assurance of success beyond peradventure. His birth occurred in Warren county, Ga., on the 9th of October 1855, he being a son of Robert R. and Lucy A. Beck, natives respectively of North Carolina and Georgia. He received his first and only school training at the Academy at Warrenton, near the place of his birth, and in the early part of 1870 he began an apprenticeship at the printing trade on the Warrenton Clipper, a weekly newspaper then edited and printed by Maj. Charles E. McGregor, but he served there only a few months, owing to the removal of his parents from Warren to Richmond County, Sixteen miles south of Augusta, where the father, who was a well to do cotton planter, engaged in farming. Misfortune and financial disaster over took him about 1872 - 73, and from these reverses he never recovered. In 1873 George M. removed from Richmond County to Adairsville, in Bartow County, thence to Calhoun, in Gordon County, in 1874 or 1875, where he again assumed the labors of a printer's apprentice. His first newspaper experience as editor and publisher was held at Ellijay, in Gilmer County, Ga., but in this he soon came to grief. He assumed control of the Courier, a weekly newspaper which had conducted on a non - partisan or independent plan, and in his eagerness to do party service, and moved by a natural aversion to political neutrality, Mr. beck nailed the Democratic colors to the mast - head in his first issue. The result was that on the morning following the second edition of the paper under his management, he found the office doors locked and barred against him, by the authority of the stock company owning the Courier plant, a majority of whom were Republicans. Mr. Beck then took to the "case" again as a journeyman printer, working in Rome, Ga., Selma and Montgomery, Ala., and Vicksburg, Miss. In 1879, in connection with J. Crutch Smith as printer, he bought the Post newspaper and founded in its stead the Journal, at Arkansas City, Ark. After publishing this weekly for less than two years the plant was purchased by J.W. Dickinson Sr. Mr. Beck than spent short periods in Memphis, Helena, and Little Rock, and in January 1881 he came to Arkadelphia and engaged with Clark & Sanders as a journeyman in the office of their publication, the Southern Standard. In the following December he purchased the interest of J. R. Sanders, and was here after associated with Adam Clark as editor and publisher of that paper, until about April 1888. In April 1889, he and John B. Browne purchased the plant and the business of the Arkadelphia News, which was soon changed to the Arkadelphia Herald, in the publication of which he is now engaged alone. He is one of the ablest young editors of the state, and is fearless in espousing the causes of justice and right and the principles of the Democrat party, of which he has been a member since he attained his majority. February 19, 1885, he was married to Miss Jennie Browne, the youngest daughter of Mrs. Josephine H. Browne of Arkadelphia, and by her is the father of two interesting children---a girl and a boy.
___________________________________________________________________________ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, Clark County, pages 125-126. Contributed in memory of Evelyn Dickerson Jackson, Magora Owens Wingfield, Miss Jamie McConnell, and Miss Lucille Westbrook. ___________________________________________________________________________ Update 03.19.06 Morris Myers 2006 BIO-0135.HTM