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Source:  An Illustrated History of Nobles County, Minnesota
  By Arthur P. Rose.
Northern History Publishing Co., Worthington, MN. 1908.
Page 627.
Henry A. Becker, a farmer of Larkin township, was born in Norway, Benton county, Iowa, Feb. 7, 1881, the son of Anton F. Becker and Mary (Brandenberg) Becker. The father was born in Germany in 1841, came to the United States in 1863, and located at Norway, Iowa, where he died June 13, 1902. He was a carpenter and architect, and followed those occupations during all of the time of his long residence there. He was the owner of 400 acres of land in Larkin township, Nobles county, the same now being held by the estate. The mother of our subject was also born in Germany. She married Mr. Becker at Norway in 1880, and to them were born nine children, of whom the following eight are living: Henry A., Elizabeth, Frank, Mary, Rosa, George, Lawrence and Clements.

Henry A. Becker resided on his father's farm near Norway until his arrival in Nobles county on Feb. 28, 1903. He then purchased 240 acres in Larkin township, and has since been engaged in farming the place. He has erected new building and made many improvements on the place.

Mr. Becker was married in Benton county, Iowa, Sept. 27, 1904, to Mary Stroemer. She was born in Germany Nov. 3, 1887, came to the United States with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Stroemer, when seven years of age, lived a few years in Pennsylvania, and then in 1896 moved with her parents to Iowa. Her father died in that state in 1904; her mother still lives, making her home with her children in Larkin township. Mr. and Mrs. Becker are the parents of two children, a boy, born April 3, 1906; and a girl, born July 2, 1908. They are both members of the Catholic church of Adrian.

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