Excerpt from Helen Drake Beals: A Father's Tribute Helen Drake Beals was born in Mansfield, Massachusetts, January 5, 1895, and died at the home of her parents, Stoughton, Massachusetts, December 22, 1914. She was the daughter of Reverend Charles Edward and Nellie Vernon (Drake) Beals. On her father's side she was in the tenth generation from John Beals, who settled at Hingham in 1638. In her maternal line she was descended from Thomas Drake, who settled in Weymouth in 1653, being in the ninth generation from that progenitor. Helen's Beals ancestry was as follows: Helen Drake, 10; (Charles Edward, 9; Charles Emery, 8; Jedediah, 7; Jedediah, 6; Eleazer, 5; Israel, 4; Thomas, 3; John, 2; John, 1.) Her Drake line was: Helen Drake, 9; (Nellie Vernon, 8; Ebenezer Hayward, 7; Ebenezer, 6; Nathan, Jr., 5; Nathan, 4; Joseph, 3; Benjamin, 2; Thomas, 1.) Several of her ancestors came over in the Mayflower. Helen lived successively in Mansfield, Mass., Phenix, R. I., East Boston, Mass., Stoneham, Mass., Greenfield, Mass., Cambridge, Mass., Stoughton, Mass., Evanston, Ill., Wellesley, Mass., and again in Stoughton. Best of all, she loved the little summer home at Passaconaway, N. H., nestling cosily among the White Mountains. Helen's school career began when, as a little twinkle-eyed, chubby five-year-old, she toddled down to the Primary School in Stoneham. She was always a faithful, hardworking student, a good scholar, and a comfort to her teachers. On June 17, 1908, she graduated from the Stoughton Grammar School as class prophet. Four years later, namely, on June 20, 1912, she graduated from the Evanston (Illinois) Township High School, one of the very best high schools in the United States. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.