Son of Franklin Matthias Becker (1850-1897) and Rebecca J (Groff) Becker and husband of Freda Mae Smith (1884-1952). Michael and Freda married 20 Nov 1902 in Summit County, Ohio, and settled in the Akron/Cleveland area, as did many of Michael's 11 siblings. Their only child (my grandmother), was Dorothy Althea Becker (1904-1970), who married Daniel J Hassink (1900-1986). Michael operated The Akron Wholesale Coffee Company (selling both coffee and tea) at 16 Bartges St near Main with his brother Frank, which in 1914 was the site of the murder of their younger sister Elvina "Vinnie" Becker who assisted with the shop. (She was killed by Harry Porterfield Boomer at the age of 23 in what was then the most notorious murder in the history of Ohio.) Michael and the whole Becker family were very devout Christians; he and his brother Harry were also itinerant preachers, spending many years traveling the country with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Michael’s obituary has a few errors. Multiple records (including marriage and two military) support that he was born in Burton City, Wayne County, Ohio (not Beach City, Stark County). He also was operating the tea/coffee business as early as 1910, per census report (“tea merchant”).
Freda Mae Smith Becker
1884–1952 (m. 1902)
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