Beeco Monuments History

John William O'Connor Sr. emigrated to America from Ireland in the late 1800's. Early on, he became interested in carving stone so he traveled across the country for about 20 years working with, and learning from, monument craftsmen until he felt comfortable with opening up his own business.

In 1926, he started Beeco Monuments with Oscar Beetz, using the "Bee" from Beetz and "Co" from O'Connor to form the beecobuildingname.

In time, John bought out Oscar's half of
the business.

Over the years, other people, wanting to learn how to carve granite and marble, came to work with him to learn his methods of carving stone.


From 1935 until 1940, Beecobeecobaseball owned a semi-pro professional baseball team and won the national semi-pro baseball title from 1937-1940. Their newspaper write ups were often as big as the Cincinnati Reds. Nobody knows why John disbanded the team but they were well known at the time.


Shortly after returning from military service in Word War II, John O'Connor III started helping his grandfather with the busines, eventually running it when John Sr. retired. His wife, Ethel, joined him in the mid 1960's performing all manner of administrative work. In 1972, Beeco became affiliated with Wearly Monuments, located in Muncie, IN, which took over the manufacturing, allowing John III and Ethel to concentrate more on sales and customer service.


In 1997, John William O'Connor IV readingbuildinginherited Beeco Monuments and to this day, the fourth generation of the O'Connor family has owned and operated Beeco Monuments, from Reading, Ohio. We strive to earn your trust and provide you with the best service possible.

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