updated 12/13/2010

Allamakee Album
Becker family

John P. Becker

John P. Becker, son of Henry Becker, was born April 3,1837 in Luxemburg, Germany, and died December 15, 1914.  He immigrated to the U.S. in 1857 and was a naturalized citizen. He owned 180 acres in section 34 of Lansing township, route 3. He married Magdelina "Mary" Hirt, daughter of Peter Hirt and Elizabeth Yager.  She was born March 24, 1839 in Luxemburg, Germany and died December 25, 1918. John P. & Mary are buried in Gethsemane cemetery, Lansing, Allamakee co., Iowa.

John P. Becker family
ca 1888

Seated L-R: Mary (Hirt) Becker, Elizabeth Becker and John P. Becker
Standing L-R: John H. Becker, Barbara Becker, Lucy Becker, Henry Becker and Mary Becker

Not pictured are daughter Catherine 'Katie' (who died in 1881) and two other children who died young.

John P. Becker funeral card

J.P. Becker Biography


Children of John P. Becker & Magdelina Hirt

Elizabeth, born 1863 & died November 12, 1905 in Minneapolis, MN.  She married James Lawrence Riley on May 8, 1888 in Immaculate Conception church in Lansing. Rev. Haxmeier performed the ceremony. Witnesses were Henry Becker & Rosa Riley. Note: their marriage certificate at Allamakee county courthouse gives his middle initial as 'S'. James L. Riley was born in Lansing in 1861 and died in 1936. He worked as a laborer in Minneapolis, MN.

J.P. Becker was called to Minneapolis Sunday by a telegram announcing that his daughter, Mrs. Jas. Riley who had been a victim of typhoid for several weeks, was very low and not expected to live. He left on a freight in the afternoon but did not reach her before she died sometime that night. Death was the result of a relapse. She was the mother of eight children. Burial took place at Minneapolis this morning. Henry and Miss Lucy, brother and sister of the deceased, joined the father there yesterday, the mother being prostrated at her home in this township over the sad affair and unable to attend the funeral. The sympathy of all who know them go out to the sorrowing husband, motherless little ones and other relatives in this greatest of all earthy losses. (Lansing newspaper)

Catherine, born May 16, 1866 & died March 9, 1881. She is buried in Gethsemane cemetery

Henry W., born 1872 in Lansing & died in 1928, burial in Gethsemane cemetery. He married Margaret Kenney on May 23, 1916 in Lansing. Margaret was born 1879 in Lansing and died 21 April 21, 1966. They owned 180 acres in section 34 of Lansing township, route 3.

Henry W. & Maggie Becker farmhouse
Lansing twp. Section 34


, born November 6, 1874 in Lansing & died May 11, 1967 in the Lutheran hospital, LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She is buried in Gethsemane cemetery.

Barbara Becker (L) & her sister Louise 'Lucy' Becker (R)

Mary, born March 12, 1877 & died on September 23, 1905. She married Joseph W. Duchene. He was born in Michigan abt 1876 and died in 1953. Joseph W. & Mary were living in Brooklyn, Hennepin co. Minnesota in June 1905.

Mrs. J.P Becker was called to Minneapolis by telegram, Wednesday, owing to the dangerous illness of her daughter, Mrs. Duchene, who died Saturday of typhoid fever. Deceased will be remembered as Mary Becker. She was married almost four years ago and is survived by the husband and one child, besides father, mother, brothers and sisters of the township, and a sister, Mrs. James Riley of Minneapolis. The remains were brought here yesterday and after being blessed at the Catholic church were laid to rest at the Gethsemane cemetery. (Lansing newspaper)

John Henry, born June 3, 1879 and died June 2, 1950.  He married Mary Elizabeth "Mamie" Hammel 23 November 23, 1915 in St. Joseph's Catholic church,  New Albin, Iowa. Rev. Edmund Ryan performing the ceremony. Witnesses were Henry Becker & Urusal Opitz. Mamie was born November 5, 1889 & died April 16, 1947.

John H. Becker

John H. Becker & Mary Elizabeth 'Mamie' Hammel
November 23, 1915

John H. Becker, 1950
Relatives and friends of John Becker were shocked to hear of his sudden death which occurred at his home in Lansing township about seven o'clock Friday evening from a heart attack. He had been in failing health for some time and was in town only the day before. He was born June 3rd, 1879, in Lansing township, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John P. Becker. He attended the schools of the county and spent most of his life hereabouts. On Nov 23rd, 1915 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hammell, at St. Joseph's Church, New Albin. She preceded him in death a few years ago; left to mourn his passing are four daughters; Mrs. Vivian (Anna) Zoll, Mrs. Leo (Theresa) McCabe, Waukon; Mrs. Ursula Quanrude, Decorah; Mrs. Garland (Elizabeth) Burroughs; three sons, Aloysious, Joseph, and George who are at home. Other immediate survivors included his two sister, Miss Barbara of Lansing, and Mrs. Joe (Lucy) Chamberlain, Chicago, and fourteen grandchildren. Deceased was a life long member of Immaculate Conception Church, Lansing, an energetic farmer who was well known in the auctioneering field for many years. The funeral services were held at I.C. Church at 9 o'Clock Monday morning with the Mass of Requiem celebrated by Father Sharphoff who also officiated at the graveside in Gethsemane. Casket bearers were Harold Troendle, William Lenz, William Hammell, Charles Hammell, John Haas, and John W. Wendel.
~Allamakee Journal
, Vol LXXI No 23, page 1 column 6, Wed. June 7, 1950

Lucy Christian
, born November 14, 1882.  She married Joseph Chamberlain on July 15, 1911 at Corpus Christi church, Chicago, Cook county, Ill. He was born October 13, 1886 in Superior, Wisconsin and died March 29, 1952.

Lucy C. Becker Chamberlain

Chamberlain - Becker Marriage License & Marriage Certificate, July 1911



Churchtown Post Office ca1895
photographer - E.S. Hirth

The people on horseback are thought to be John P. Becker and two of his daughters. The boys in the photo are unknown.


~photos & family information were contributed by Paul Moritz (deceased 2011) and Cheryl Cachampis. Interested researchers can contact Cheryl at her email addresses in the Surname Registry for Becker.


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