Person:John Becker (9)

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  1. Charlotte Becker1857 - 1950
  2. Christian Becker1865 - AFT 1926
  3. Henry Becker1869 - AFT 1926
  4. John Henry Becker1873 - 1926
m. 13 Mar 1895
  1. Olga A Becker1895 - 1981
  2. Alma C Becker1897 - 1967
  3. Adele Annamarie Becker1900 - 1960
  4. Charlotte Sophia Becker1906 - 1980
  5. Harold Becker1907 - 1910
Facts and Events
Name[1] John Henry Becker
Gender Male
Birth[2][3][14] 6 May 1873 Elgin, Kane, Illinois, United States
Residence[1] 1880 Wayne, DuPage, Illinois, United States
Marriage 13 Mar 1895 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesto Sophia Caroline Polkow
Residence 6 Apr 1906 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States5045 S. Justine
with Sophia Caroline Polkow
Occupation[3][6][14] 1920 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesa Painter and Decorator
Death[2][4][5][9][16][17][18][19] 28 Nov 1926 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States5946 Laflin
Burial[2][18] 2 Dec 1926 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United StatesCedar Park Cemetery

When John was 24 in 1897 the extended family became embroiled in scandal when his sister Charlotte's brother-in-law Adolph was charged with murder following the disappearance of his wife, Louise. Police charged him with killing her and dissolving her body in a vat inside his sausage factory. The case was a national sensation and he became know as The Sausage King Murderer[10]. John's brother-in-law Arnold then fell on hard times in his business dealings and committed suicide in grisly public fashion. John's father identified the body.

John died at age 53 of heart failure after an appendicitis operation.

Census

John Becker Census
Year Source Image
1880 1880 US Federal Census: Wayne, Du Page County, Illinois
1900 1900 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 30, Cook County, Illinois
1910 1910 US Federal Population Census: 29-Wd Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
1920 1920 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 31, Cook County, Illinois
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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1880 US Federal Census: Wayne, Du Page County, Illinois, 1880.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Henry Becker Death Certificate. (Death Certificate), 1926.
    Death Certificate
  3. 3.0 3.1 Charlotte Becker Black Birth Certificate, Name Of Person: Charlotte Becker. (Birth Certificate), 1906.
  4. Cedar Park Cemetery Records: Deceased: John Becker. (Cemetery Record), 1926.
    Cedar Park Cemetery Record
  5. John and Sophie Becker Headstone. (Cedar Park Cemetery, 123rd & Halsted, Chicago Illinois), 1926.
    Cedar Park Cemetery Headstones
  6. 1900 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 30, Cook County, Illinois, 1900.
  7.   1910 US Federal Population Census: 29-Wd Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 1910.
  8.   1920 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 31, Cook County, Illinois, 1920.
  9. John Becker Obituary. (Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, Nov 30, 1926), 1926.
    Obituary
  10. Robert Loerzel. Alchemy of Bones by Robert Loerzel.
  11.   Illinois State Archives Polkow Marriages, 1895.
    Marriage Record
  12.   John Becker - Sophie Polkow Marriage Certificate. (Marriage Certificate), 1895.
    Marriage Certificate
  13.   Chicago Tribune. Becker Polkow Wedding Announcement, 1895.
  14. 14.0 14.1 John Becker WWI Draft Registration, 1916.
  15.   John Becker in "Black and Feaster Lineages" at Ancestry.com
  16. Death Certificate
  17. Cedar Park Cemetery Record
  18. 18.0 18.1 Cedar Park Cemetery Headstones
  19. Obituary