ALBERT AND MARTHA LEPPOLD BECKER
Albert J. Becker was born in 1869 in New York. His parents were Joseph and Margret Buckenmeyer Becker. As a child, Albert was raised in Sheldon, Wyoming County, New York. Albert married Martha Leppold on 12 February 1895 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Martha was born on 6 December 1872 in Bennington, New York. Her parents were Christ and Margaret Drilling Leppold.
Albert and Martha's children were:
Arthur Jerome Becker was born 27 April 1896. He married Jane Forrester. Arthur died March 1892.
Roswell R. Becker was born 9 November 1897/98 and died on 25 February 1989 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. He is buried at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
Maxwell J. Becker was born 5 July 1902 in Summerton/Summerville, Michigan. He married Mary Burns. Maxwell died on 22 October 1934 of complications due to appendicitis.
Floyd Becker was born 9 or 11 November 1903 in Lakefield Township. He married Marion LaLonde. He died 22 January 1992 and is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan. “Floyd had been a pilot since 1928 going into business in 1930 as president of Furniture Capital Air Service of Grand Rapids, Michigan with Jack Burns as his business partner. During WWII he trained Naval pilots and held government licenses for pilots and also for parachute packing.”
Carl M. Becker was born 16 October 1907 in Lakefield Township. He died on 12 March 1989 in Shiawassee County, Michigan.
Claude G. Becker was born 23 May 1909 in Lakefield Township. He married Loretta Corbat. “Claude owned and operated the B & B Motor Sales in Merrill, Michigan for over 40 years. He had served with Merrill, Michigan Fire Department for over 50 years, where he at one time had served as chief. He was involved in many capacities with the Village of Merrill, Michigan for many years and had served as mayor. He received the Merrill, Michigan Citizens of the Year Award in 1983. He was an income tax preparer for 55 years.” Claude later married Florence LaDuke.
Albert F. Becker was born in 17 November 1911. He married Edythe L. Crosby on 24 August 1971.
Albert, Martha and their family came from Coe, Isabella County, Michigan to Lakefield Township in 1902. They owned and operated an 80 acre farm in Section 12 on the south side of Swan Creek Road between Chapin and Steel Roads.
Albert died on 4 May 1911 and Martha died on 17 March 1958. They are both buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
SOURCES: 1900, 1910, 1920 Federal Census; 1916 Lakefield Plat map; Albert and Martha's marriage record; Albert & Martha's death record; Maxwell obituary; Arthur's SS death record, WWII draft registration and marriage records; Roswell's WWI draft registration & find-a-grave; Maxwell J.'s find-a-grave & marriage records; Carl's SS death record & find-a-grave; Martha, Floyd, Claude and Edythe L. Becker's obituary from Della Miller McKay's obituary collection; and Sacred Heart Academy senior photo's.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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