JOHN BECKER, brother of Charles P. Becker, was born in Calhoun County, January 14, 1859, and is a worthy son of his father, Gregory Becker, who figured so prominently in the advancement of Calhoun County. He was reared in his native county, receiving a moderately good education in the public schools of Carlin Precinct, and has been principally engaged in farming during the course of his life. For several seasons he ran a steam threshing machine, threshing grain for the neighbors and meeting with marked success in that line of business. Mr. Becker has never married, enjoying still the freedom of "bachelor life." He is an Independent in politics, voting for the man he thinks worthy of the desired office rather than for the pleasure of any one party. He remains with his father at the old homestead in Carlin Precinct and always uses his influence for the improvement of the commercial and social standing of this precinct, of which he is one of the most intellectual and highly respected citizens. Another representative of the Becker family, Joseph W. Becker, is Superintendent of the Gilead schools in Calhoun County, and is one of the most successful and popular educators in this county. He is a Prohibitionist in political belief and a man of great influence. The Becker family, as a family, is generally distinguished for intellectuality, unusual influence in public matters and strict integrity. They are, one and all, enterprising and industrious and are always willing to help the advancement of worthy causes. Their commercial standing is excellent and they rank among the most highly esteemed and most widely known families in this section of Illinois.
Extracted 23 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 681-682
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