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From the book:  "Anoka County Minnesota" published in 1982 by the Anoka County Historical Society

Edna Belle Bean

 

Edna Belle Bean was born in Anoka on March 26, 1871. She was the third of four children born to Martin and Louisa Bean. The children were, Ina, William Martin, Edna Belle, and Ada. Ina and Ada died while still young women, and William Martin lived out his life in Anoka, joining his father in the hardware business when still a young man.

 

Edna Belle was educated in the Anoka Public Schools and attended a Business College in Anoka. She studied also at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

 

In 1894, when she was 23 years years old she established residence in Chicago and worked as a writer on the Chicago Record Newspaper. She remained with the Record for five years. Apparently, at this time she had her name changed to Theodora Edna, perhaps for professional purposes, and was thereafter known as "Teddy" or "Ed". She worked for a newspaper syndicate, Interocean Chicago, for two years and in 1903 she moved to New York City where she worked as a free lance writer for the Morning Telegraph Newspaper. She maintained her residence in New York City for the remainder of her life but made regular visits to her family in Anoka. She traveled extensively as she pursued her career as a news reporter, and was known for her quick wit and outgoing personality.

 

During World War I she was attached to the Secret Service Department and was often called on in later years to work with that organization in an advisory capacity. She founded her own Newspaper Syndicate and was highly regarded in the publishing field. At the time of her death, August 5, 1926, she was the President of the Newspaper Women's Club. She died in New York Memorial Hospital and her funeral was conducted from the Little Church Around the Corner Episcopal Church in New York City, and she is buried in a private cemetery in that city.

 

"Anoka County Minnesota" published 1982

by: The Anoka County Historical Society