Carl Betker was born in German Poland in 1859 and came to America in 1880 when he was 20 years old. The family lived in Chicago for two years, then moved to the town of Sharon to an area known as Boyington's mill. He subsequently resided in Alban on his farm, located about three miles northwest of Rosholt, Wisconsin where he lived for 30 years. By the early 1890's sixty Polish families were living in the Rosholt area. Carl and his brother August were on the list of individuals responsible for founding St. Adalberts Catholic Church in 1898.
Carl was involved in local politics serving a span as town assessor and was chairman of the town of Alban (Portage County Board) for a period of 12 years.
Carl's body was found on Tuesday evening, November 30, 1926, on a country road three miles from his farm, lying in the buggy top of an overturned cutter. He had visited the village of Rosholt Tuesday afternoon having left in his horse drawn cutter at 4 p.m. on the road running directly north from the village. His apparent destination, before making a swing back to the southwest toward his home, was the object of making arrangements for the purchase of wood. In the course of his trip he reached the saloon of Steve Zywicki, a relative by marriage, where he stopped for a time. The Zywicki saloon was located in the town of Franzen, Marathon county, near the former settlement of Bob's Siding.
The overturned cutter was discovered by Florian Liebe and Anton Kulas, who removed Carl's still warm body, to the Kulas farm home. An investigation showed that the cutter struck a snow bank about two feet high and turned over on it's side. It was equipped with a buggy top, into which the body rolled at the time. The horse continued to pull its load along for a distance of about 10 rods, then stopped. The corpse was found unmarked and unscratched leading doctors who conducted the post mortem to the conclusion that death was therefore due to some other cause or causes.
OBITUARY - FUNERAL OF TOWN CHAIRMAN (Stevens Point Daily Journal, December 4, 1926)
Carl Betker, chairman of the town of Alban, who met a tragic death on the roadway near his home this week was buried at St. Adalbert's church, near Rosholt, at 9 o'clock this morning, the services being conducted by Rev. M. Klosowski and attended by several hundred friends from the neighborhood and more distant places. Internment was made in the parish cemetery. Casket bearers were Nick Egnera, Albert Glinetski, Fred Dulek, Walter Tashak, Frank Zynda and Joseph Oksuta. Besides his widow, Mr. Betker is survived by four daughters, and one son, Mrs Agnes Dehlinger of this city, Mrs. Mishka and Mrs. Martin Zywicki of Alban and Mrs Chester Irish and Peter Betker of Laona, Wisconsin.