Eleanor’s grandmother, Mattie Ann Fisher. 

Eleanor’s maternal grandparents were Eddie and Mattie Ann Fisher. Eddie was a railroad conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad until he retired and then worked for Eleanor’s father, Ira, at his plumbing supply company. Eddie was a good-natured man who did many gestures of kindness. He had a big heart and left an impact on everyone who knew him. Eleanor’s maternal grandparents were very involved in her life. When Eleanor was two years old, her maternal grandparents moved into her home. Eleanor was very close to her grandparents. 

Eddie and Eleanor in 1945.










Eleanor’s father, Ira, was born to Adolphus and Martha Gwynn Beebe. Martha’s father was an immigrant from Wales and the family came to the United States to have a better life. Ira was very fond of his maternal grandfather. Ira’s mother died when he was six years old and his grandfather and his mothers four sisters became very important to him. Adolphus remarried and had three other children. 

Photos on this page courtesy of Eleanor Adams.