Joseph J Becker

24 July 1849–20 January 1933 (Age 83)
Eppe, Korbach, Kreis des Eisenberges, Waldeck, Germany

The Life of Joseph J

When Joseph J Becker was born on 24 July 1849, in Eppe, Korbach, Kreis des Eisenberges, Waldeck, Germany, his father, Frantz Konrad Becker, was 53 and his mother, Marie Katherine Brigitta Berg, was 38. He married Anna Marie Dessel on 21 September 1875, in Ossian, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Springfield Township, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States for about 30 years and Winneshiek, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 January 1933, in Ossian, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Ossian, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States.

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Joseph J Becker
Anna Marie Dessel
Marriage: 21 September 1875
Pauline Becker
Joseph B Becker
Caroline Becker
Joseph W Becker
Marie Becker
Mary Theresa Becker

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21 September 1875
Ossian, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1852 · The Book of Mormon Published in German

Age 3

On May 25, 1852, the Book of Mormon is published in German.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 8

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 35

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

1 Dutch, German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a baker of bread, or brick and tiles, from backen ‘to bake’.2 English: occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from an agent derivative of Old English becca ‘mattock’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Joseph J Becker's Life

Immigrated to the United States around 1870. Obituary of Joseph Becker posted in the Ossian Bee, Ossian, Iowa. Joseph J. Becker passed away at his home Friday, January 20, 1933, after several mo …

Sources (3)

  • Joseph J Becker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joseph Becker, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Joseph Bicker, "United States Census, 1910"

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