WILHELM F. BECKER, a leading dairyman and respected citizen of Steubenville, was born in Hanover, Germany, April 6, 1839. Both of his parents died when while he was a little child and he was placed in the family of an uncle, where he remained about three years. He then lived with another family until he reached the age of fourteen, when he began to learn the tailor's trade and served an apprenticeship of three years. For one year he followed his trade as a journeyman. At eighteen years of age he became a miner and he continued in that capacity for nine years, with the exception of one year's service in the German army. In 1867 he emigrated to America, leaving Bremen on May 25, and arriving at New York city on the 11th day of June. After a few days he came directly to Steubenville, which has been his home ever since. For a period of ten years he continued to labor as a miner, but in 1877 he engaged in the dairy business, and his attention has been given to it ever since, being at the present time one of the leading dairymen of Steubenville. Mr. Becker was married April 20, 1871, to Johanna Reingardt, also a native of Hanover, born May 10, 1850. She came to America at the age of twenty, leaving Bremen on May 27 and reaching New York city June 16, 1870. She came directly to Steubenville, which has since been her home. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Becker has resulted in the birth of six children: Henry W., Carrie W., Doretha W., Wilhelm F., Carl A. and August W., all of whom are living except Henry W., who died aged one year. Mr. and Mrs. Becker are members of the German Lutheran church. The former is a member of the Order of Druids, the A. O. U. W. and in politics he is a republican. Mr. Becker is an honest, upright man and he and wife are highly respected by all.
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