Beeman Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

Arrival of the Milwaukee railroad and the masses of homesteaders who followed in its wake meant land-office business for Forsyth. As Rosebud County seat, Forsyth provided plenty of work for lawyers like Henry Beeman, who opened a title abstract company in 1911. The following year, he and his wife, Maude, erected this Craftsman style home a half block from the county courthouse where Henry conducted much of his business. The one-and-one-half-story residence boasts many classic Craftsman style features, including a front gable dormer, exposed rafter tails, and decorative roof brackets, while an inset front porch and polygonal side bay window enhance the façade. In the 1920s, the Beemans, who had two children, let rooms to unmarried schoolteachers. Before becoming a lawyer, Henry served as Forsyth’s first superintendent of schools. Both Henry and Maude were active in the community. Henry served as county attorney for eight years and city attorney and clerk for thirty years, while Maude was a charter member of the Forsyth Woman’s Club. After Maude’s death in 1958, Henry continued to live here until 1963.

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262 North 13th Avenue, Forsyth, Montana ~ Private