IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.
updated 08/16/2011


Clayton county Album
Beck Family


George Beck, Civil War - tintype
George Beck
27th Iowa Infantry

Johann Simon & Anna Barbara Beck came to the United States in 1852 with their children, Frederick, George, Christian, Margaret & Barbara. They came into the port of New Orleans then up the Mississippi to Guttenberg. On the voyage up the Mississippi river, Anna Barbara was taken sick and died near St. Louis, MO.

In 1854 Simon moved his family to a farm by Garnavillo, where he remarried in December 1854.

Frederick Beck enlisted in the Missouri Infantry during the Civil War. After the war he moved his own family (1878) to Waseca County, Minnesota where he died in 1893. He is buried in the Minnesota Lake, MN cemetery. Frederick Beck Obituary

George Beck served in the Civil War with the 27th IA Infantry. He died of disease in Memphis in February 1863. He's buried in the Mississippi Valley National cemetery. His photo is on the left.

Simon Beck and his 2nd wife had 2 sons, William (b. 1859) and Carl Dietrich (b. 1861). Simon died in 1884.

Johann Christian Beck (J.C. Beck) and his family, 1895
Johann Christian Beck (J.C. Beck) and his family, 1895

J.C. was my great grandfather C.D. Beck's brother. J.C. married Anna Tiede and was in partnership with the A.C. Tiede Co in Elkport until he bought it out completely in 1901 and called it Beck's Store. After J.C.'s death in May of 1905 his son Edmund took over the business until 1911. At which time it was sold.

Photo (above) L-R: J.C., Edmund, Arthur, Jennie and Anna.

J.C. and Anna are buried in the Mount Harmony cemetery (his stone says John C. Beck) along with another son William who died of diphtheria in August, 1880.

Christian Beck 1882 Biography

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Carl Dietrich Beck & Emilie Helbig, 11/09/1892
Carl Dietrich Beck & Emilie Helbig
Married November 9, 1892 in Dubuque, Iowa
photographer: F.N. Beedy, Postville, Iowa


Carl Dietrich Beck & Emilie Helbig, ca1930
Carl Dietrich & Emilie 'Dollie', ca1930
Beck children, 1906
The Beck children posing for a Valentine postcard in 1906.

Carl Dietrich & Emilie Beck family ca1910
Carl Dietrich & Emilie Beck family ca1910

L-R: C.D. Beck, Elnora, Agnes, Clarence, Milton, Isabelle, Joe, Homer, Jeanette, Edna & Emelie

They farmed in the Volga river valley about a mile north of Elkport (as the crow flies). The farm was in the family from 1897 to 1938. Carl died in 1932 and Emilie in 1936. They are buried in Mt. Harmony cemetery, Elk twp.

Carl D. Beck Obituary
Homer D. Beck Obituary


Carl Dietrich Beck with three of his nine children, ca 1915
Carl Dietrich Beck with three of his nine children, ca 1915

From left: Agnes, Milton & Homer, with their team of horses.

Carl Dietrich Beck and his four sons, 1924
Carl Dietrich Beck and his four sons, 1924

L-R: Joe Beck, Homer Beck, Carl Deitrich Beck, Milton Beck and Clarence Beck


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~photos and information contributed by David Beck, grandson of Homer Beck, and great-grandson of Carl Dietrich Beck. David's email address can be found in the Surname Registry for Beck. He also has a personal website on Shutterfly where many more photos can be viewed.

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