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....... On Monday morning, April 13, he went to his place of business, as usual, but soon returned home complaining that he was not feeling well. A physician was called and it was found that he was suffering from erysipelas. Further developments showed the case to be of a serious character. All possible measures were used by members of the family and physicians to prevent serious results. On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Stealy of Freeport counseled with the attending physicians. Saturday evening double pneumonia set in and on Sunday morning at nine o'clock, death came to the relief of the sufferer. Henry Becker was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, April 2, 1832, and died in Polo, April 19, 1903, aged 71 years and 17 days. He was the son of a farmer and spent his early days on the farm. While yet in his teens, he decided upon learning the harness maker's trade. Upon completing his apprenticeship, he, having learned of the opportunities offered to young men in America, set sail, when twenty years of age, for this country. He located in a small town near Troy, N. Y. and there worked at his trade until 1855 when he came to Polo with Geo. W. Cooper, a harness maker, for whom he worked until he formed a partnership with Calvin Waterbury with whose assistance he conducted a harness store until 1874 when Mr. Waterbury ceased to be a member of the firm. Mr. Becker continued in business and in 1883, his son, W. E. Becker, entered into partnership with him, the firm name being H. Becker & Son. He was united in marriage in 1860 with Miss Anna M. Spicer of Polo, who with the son re-............

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