Essie Belle "Becky" Beck

1920–1988 (Age 68)
Logan, Beaver, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Essie Belle "Becky"

When Essie Belle "Becky" Beck was born on 14 May 1920, in Logan, Beaver, Oklahoma, United States, her father, George Franklin Beck, was 41 and her mother, Gertrude Ida Coburn, was 27. She married Emerson Burge on 24 December 1939, in Hennessey, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, United States. She lived in Beaver, Oklahoma, United States in 1935 and Enid Township, Garfield, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. She died on 29 September 1988, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States.

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Essie Belle "Becky" Beck
Emerson Burge
Marriage: 24 December 1939

Spouse & Children

24 December 1939
Hennessey, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, United States

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World Events (8)

1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 1

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Age 21

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, from northern Middle English bekke ‘stream’ (Old Norse bekkr).2 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France, for example Bec Hellouin in Eure, named with Old Norman French bec ‘stream’, from the same Old Norse root as in 1.3 English: probably a nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Middle English beke ‘beak (of a bird)’ (Old French bec).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Essie B Burge in household of Emerson E Burge, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Essie B Beck in household of George F Beck, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Essie B Beck, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"

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