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Delaware County, Iowa


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Adolph Becker


Coffins Grove Twp.



      Adolph Becker, the period of whose residence in Delaware county covers almost a third of a century, is a well known and successful agriculturist who owns and operates an excellent farm comprising one hundred and sixty acres on section 3, Coffins Grove township. His birth occurred in Germany on the 2d of January, 1872, his parents being Frederick and Maria Becker, who were likewise natives of that country. They emigrated to the United States in 1882 and made their way direct to Iowa, locating on a farm in Delaware county and here spending the remainder of their lives. The father passed away at the age of seventy two years, and the mother was seventy nine years old when called to her final rest. They were the parents of four children, as follows: Mary, who is the wife of H. S. Tubbs; William, of Lamont, Buchanan county, Iowa; Elizabeth, the wife of William Rakow of Lamont; and Adolph, of this review.

       The last named, who was a youth of ten years when he accompanied his parents on their emigration to the new world, attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and when not busy with his text books assisted his father in the operation of the home farm. He remained thereon after attaining his majority and subsequently purchased the property, which has since continued in his possession and embraces one hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land on section 3, Coffins Grove township. He likewise acquired twenty five acres of timber land in Richland township. Mr. Becker has erected fine buildings on his farm and has brought the place to a higher state of cultivation and improvement. In connection with the production of cereals, he makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock and in both branches of his business has met with gratifying success.

       In 1903 Mr. Becker was united in marriage to Miss Sadie Kaltenbach, a native of Delaware county, Iowa, and a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Morris) Kaltenbach. Our subject and his wife have six children, namely: Harold, Fred, John, Gwendolun, Alma and Jay. Mr. Becker gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has ably served as school director, the cause of education finding in him a stanch champion. Both he and his wife enjoy an extensive and favorable acquaintance throughout the community and are numbered among its esteemed and representative residents.   



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 148-149.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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