Bert Beasley was born at Shelburne, Indiana, on January 22, 1878. He received his legal education at Indiana Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1904. In 1906, he became associated with the firm of Lamb, Beasley & Sawyer at Terre Haute. In 1914, he became a member of the firm of Beasley, Douthitt, Crawford & Beasley, which his father, John T. Beasley helped found. He continued as such until 1928, when he moved with his family to Indianapolis, and became a member of the firm of Fenton, Steers, Beasley & Klee, where he remained until the time of his death.
Shortly after he became associated with the firm of Lamb, Beasley, & Sawyer, he began handling the legal business of the old Chicago, Terre Haute & Southeastern Railway Company, now the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Company. When he moved to Indianapolis in 1928, he was made solicitor for the railroad company. His practice extended throughout the State of Indiana, and he was widely and favorably known by the members of the Bar in all Courts of this State.
He was a charter member of the Exchange Club of Terre Haute and became State President and later National President of the organization. He was also a member of the Terre Haute Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in which he retained his membership throughout his life.
John B. "Barney" Beasley was born on August 17, 1917 in Terre Haute, Indiana, son of Bert and Mary Beasley. He graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Butler University, and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
John was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1946. He started the practice of law that year with the firm of White & Haymond, now Beasley & Gilkison LLP, and he continued as an active attorney with the firm for 57 years, retiring in 2003.He was an active member of the community He was the attorney for the Muncie Community Schools for many years and was President of the Muncie-Delaware Building Corporation, which was the financing agent for the present Justice Center. He had been a board member of the Ball State University Foundation, the Industrial Trust & Savings Bank, and the Maxon Corporation. He was President of the Muncie Bar Association in 1950-51 and was a former President of the Muncie Exchange Club. He was a member of the College Avenue United Methodist Church and an active member of the Butler University Alumni. He belonged to the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity at Butler. In addition to the Muncie Bar Association, he was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Indiana Bar Foundation. He was admitted to the United States Supreme Court. He was honored both as a Sagamore of the Wabash, and as a Kentucky Colonel. John and his wife of 62 years, Mary Anna Beasley, had five children: John B. Beasley, Jane Beasley, William T. Beasley, Catherine Beasley Brinker, and Robert C. Beasley.
Robert C. Beasley is the third generation Beasley lawyer. The fourth generation of Beasleys in law include Robert's sons, Samuel L. Beasley, who is currently practicing law at Dennis, Wenger, and Abrell in Muncie, Indiana, and Luke C. Beasley, who is soon to graduate from Harvard Law School.
Beasley Law Office
Robert C. Beasley, Attorney at Law
116 1/2 N. Walnut Street
Muncie, IN 47305