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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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E. A. Becker, proprietor of a general mercantile store at Spring Garden, Mo., started his business in the spring of 1883, and now carries a full line of boots and shoes, groceries, clothing, glassware, hardware, dry goods and saddlery. His store building was 16x40 feet, but is now 33x50 feet, with a large cellar. He also has, across the street, a furniture room 16x24 feet, and keeps a general store at Ulman’s Ridge, the firm name being Becker & Belche. In addition to this property he owns an interest in the mines in Cole County, and is also-interested in the lead mines in Miller County. He was born in Germany in 1858, being the fourth in a family of six children born to P. W. and Caroline (Severing) Becker, who were also Germans, and who immigrated to America in 1871, settling in St. Louis, where the father followed his trade of blacksmith for two years, and then came to Miller County, and settled on the farm where they now reside. Our subject, E. A. Becker, was educated partly in Germany, and finished his studies in the seminary at Spring Garden. After leaving school he engaged in mercantile pursuits, and has built up quite an extensive trade, all his property having been acquired by his own exertions. He has always voted with the Republican party, and throughout life has advocated the cause of temperance. He possesses fine business qualifications, and owns a good farm of 140 acres in Jim Henry Township, which he rents. He is a member of Spring Garden Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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