Not so abnormally developed in any direction as to be called a genius, Alfred Franklin Beal however has been one of the active men of Clarinda, identified for many years with its business interests and its public concerns. He is preeminently a man of affairs and one who has and is still wielding a wide influence. With no aids at the outset of his career he has worked his way steadily upward until he is now at the head of one of the leading commercial interests of Clarinda and at once gives the impression of alertness, enterprise and strong force
JACOB BEAL, son of John and Catharine (Kimball) Beal, was b. in Plainfield Dec. 16, 1815, the youngest of twelve children. He remained at home until of age, when he went to Mass. and was employed by his brother, George, on a steamboat running from Boston to Hingham. In 1848, at the age of 33, he returned to Plainfield, where he m. , Charlotte Read, dau. of Septimus and Betsey (Chapman) Read. She d. June 20, 1877. In 1879 he came to Cornish, where he spent the remainder of his life. On Jan. 22, of that year, he m. Mrs.