BELLE PLAINE, HERALD, DECEMBER 3, 1902
A SAD ACCIDENT
PETER BECKER DIES AT 10 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING
KICKED BY HIS HORSE
Like a bolt from a clear sky came the report yesterday morning of the fatal accident which had befallen our prominent and venerable townsman, Peter Becker, and as the news waifted from neighbor to neighbor, the whole community was deeply shocked and grieved.
He died at 10 o'clock this forenoon from the effects of a vicious kick by a horse.
In the early dawn of yesterday morning, alone in his barn he met with the fatal accident, and when found was in an unconscous condition from which he never recovered.
As was his custom he arose early and went out to feed his team of horses which he recently acquired. While doing this it would seem that one of the horses became frightened and kicking back savagely with hoof newly shod, struck Mr. Becker just back of the right temple, crushing the skull. He was discovered by his daughter, Mrs. Jos. Albrecht Sr., lying prostrate upon the floor, his feet partly within the oat bin as if he might have stumbled, thus frightning the horses.. Tender hands carried him to the house where all the loving hearts and medical skill could do was tried in vain. He lingered unconsciously for twenty eight hours, and then his soul ascended.
The funeral is announced to take place from Sts. Peter and Paul's church at 10 o'clock a. m. on Friday.
Peter Becker was a native of Prussia, born Oct. 7, 1830. In the Fatherland he learned the shoemaker's trade which he contiued to follow many years after his arrival here. He was married in 1854 to Catherine Peifer and in the same year came to America. In the spring of 1857 he located in Belle Plaine where he has since resided, and has the distinction of being our first German settler. He continued in trade until 1876, when he removed to his farm at the edge of the Borough, but for the past few years resided in town. About twelve years ago he went into the brick manufacturing business, in which pursuit he was engaged at the time of his death. He was 72 years, 1 month, and 20 days old.
Mr. Becker was one of our model citizens. He always took an active part in the industrial life of the town; ready at all times to advocate any movement tending to advance the interests of the place.
He leaves an aged and feeble wife to mourn his loss, and of ten children born to them, eight are living, namely, Frank, residing in Califronia, and John C. Becker, Mrs, Jacob Schmitt, Mrs. Jos. Albrecht Sr., Mrs. Chris Albrecht, Mrs. Martin Imhoff of St. Paul, Mrs. Jos. Albrecht Jr., and Sister Catherine of Detroit, Mich. Forty six grandchildren survive him, and fourteen great grandchildren. As one of our old settlers, as an upright citizen, a generous father and kind husband, he will be greatly mourned by all.