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B. H. Beckett


Posted By: Gordon Felland (email)
Date: 3/4/2014 at 10:59:42

B. H. Beckett, one of the pioneers of Worth county, was born in Warren county, Indiana, and came to Worth county and Northwood in the summer of 1857. In June of the same year he contracted for the erection of the first store building ever built in Northwood and in October l857 placed on display the first stock of goods ever seen in Worth county. All his goods were transported by team from McGregor, a distance of 120 miles. In 1869 he opened the first abstract office in the county. Later he entered the banking business for a time. At the time of his death April 27. 1899, he was one of the wealthiest men in Worth county.

Mr. Beckett was the father of three children; C. H. Beckett, vice president of the Worth County State Bank; Ida, wife of Capt. H. A. White, of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and Minnie, wife of G. E. Whitcomb of Northwood. His wife, Mrs. Mary Beckett survives him.

Source: The Semi-Centennial Souvenir of Northwood, Iowa, 1907, page 15.


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