Somewhere in the East Side Cemetery in Elkader, Iowa
is the grave of Otto H. Beyer, his wife, Minnie and
four year old daughter, Grace. According to January
1904 Chicago newspapers their funerals were held at
2:00 pm, Jan 4, 1904 at Sheldon's undertaking, paid
for by the Chicago Gastronomic Benevolent
Association, of which Otto was a member.
The remains of twenty-nine year old Otto H. “Henry”
Beyer (b.1874, Germany), his thirty-two year old
wife, Minnie Misiner Beyer (b.1871, Iowa) and their
four year old daughter, Grace Beyer (b.1899) were
shipped to the small town of Elkader in Clayton
County Iowa for burial in the Eastside Cemetery.
Then, as now, fewer than 2,000 people lived in
Elkader. The loss of an entire family must have been
shocking. Coincidentally, Elkader's Opera House
burned in 1902 and was rebuilt in 1903.
would like to find photos of the Beyers or their
gravestones and to learn more about them. Otto
immigrated to America from Germany in 1893 and
married Iowan Minnie in 1899. Grace was one of two
children born to the couple but the other did not
Reportedly they lived at 1040 Diversey Blvd in
Chicago. The information about the entire family
dying comes from 1904 Chicago newspapers and a 1916
book, History of Clayton County Iowa.
Henry had a $2,000 life insurance policy that was
paid out in March, 1904.