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Beden, Wallace S.
Wallace S. Beden, insurance counselor and broker of Lansing, while one of the younger men in the business world is winning for himself an enviable place through his alertness and ability. Mr. Beden was born in 1891 on a farm in Midland county. Michigan. The father, a pioneer, was born in a log cabin. A grandfather, Benjamin Gilbert Bedlen, was one of the first graduates of Ypsilanti College. He was a man of great influence politically and in public life. The Beden family is traceable to the Cramptons, who were on the Mayflower. The mother of Wallace S. Beden was, before her marriage, Helen Christlaw, born in Canada. She and Mr. Beden were married in Michigan and became the parents of three children, Wallace being the second. Wallace attended grade and high school in Midland county and was graduated from Michigan Agricultural college in June, 1916, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. He soon afterward entered the United States geological survey. In May, 1917, he enlisted in the United States Army for service in the World war, serving in the Fourteenth infantry of the regular army and the Ninetyfirst and Nineteenth divisions. In December, 1917, while in the service, Mr. Beden was married to Helen M. Brown of Lansing, daughter of William C. Brown, a prominent lumberman of that city. Mrs. Beden is a graduate of Lansing high school, took a special twoyear course in Rockford, Illinois, and is a member of the Lambda Rho Tau sorority. The Bedens have two children, Helen Jane and Robert Wallace. After the war, Mr. Beden returned to Lansing and entered the insurance field as counselor and broker. He is a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters, of Delta.Sigma Phi fraternity, of the Masons, Knight Templar, Scottish Rite and Shrine. He also belongs to the American Legion, Army and Navy club, Country club and Kiwanis Club. He and Mrs. Beden attend the Congregational church. Mr. Beden has received special recognition from the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York for the splendid accomplishments of his office.