George Franklin Becker was born 19-Sep-1869 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. George was christened May 22, 1872, a son of John William Becker (born circa 1836 in Prussia) and Margaret (Warner) Becker, (born circa 1841 in Indiana.)  It appears that his father died when George was about 11.
George married Minnie Ohair Simms on 16-Apr-1890 in Hawkins Bank, Dent County, Missouri. There were three children born:
Minnie and George moved from Missouri to Kansas to Iowa and then to Minnesota. There were four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren that lived in the area. Minnie and George lived in the Bloomington area and had a large garden and some chickens. Some of the produce and eggs were sold and the rest for personal consumption.
Later in life they moved to the city of Minneapolis. His wife Minnie was a very strong Christian and attended what her grandchildren called a "Holy Roller" church. Minnie ensured that her grandchildren were baptized - full immersion - and that before he died her husband, George, was too. She wanted them to be in heaven together. The story goes that after he was baptized he got sick and died so the children didn't really want to be baptized in case that was what happened when one was dipped in water!
George maintained a relationship with his mother and siblings even though the distance made it difficult. Family Lore has it that he visited his siblings in Texas periodically. Other stories tell that George was a big man and very low-key as well as kind man. What a nice lore that is to leave for us! We honor you Great-Grampa George!
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