Becker, Casper 1813-1896
BECKER, STRUCKOFF, BOOK
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb Volunteer
Date: 10/14/2014 at 15:12:52
At an early hour Monday morning, Oct. 26th, Clayton lost an early settler and one of its respected citizens in the death of Casper Becker. Mr. Becker was born in Treer, France, now Prussia, Nov. 1st, 1813, and had he lived until Sunday would have been 83 years old.
He came to America in June 1840 and Nov. 4th, 1840 he enlisted for the Florida war in Co. E, 1st U.S. Infantry, under command of Gen. Scott. He was in Florida eight months, at Ft. Crawford, Wis., two and a half years and at Ft. Atkinson eighteen months, being discharged at St. Louis in 1845, after a service of five years.
He then came to Clayton county and settled on a farm in Clayton township, which he increased to 555 acres as time rolled round.
In June, 1847, he married Lizzie Struckoff, who died leaving him three children. In July, 1856, he married Anna Book, seven children being born to them. Two sons and a daughter have preceded him to that other shore.
Having the respect of all, he will be missed and mourned by a host of friends. The funeral was held Wednesday at the Garnavillo Catholic church, attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends of the family.
A faithful soldier, he has fought his last great battle, may he rest in peace.
~Elkader Register, October 30, 1896
~Note: burial is in St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery, Garnavillo. Both of his wives are also buried there.
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