EUGENE W. BECKER
One of the leading merchants of the Fruitvale district of Oakland is Eugene W. Becker, who established the first
jewelry store in that section of the city and is meeting with very satisfactory success. He was born in Danzig,
Germany, on the 17th of January, 1869, and is a son of Julius and Francisca (Nauman) Becker. In August, 1885, when
sixteen years of age, he came to San Francisco, California, with a brother, one reason for their coming to this
section of the country being that an uncle of theirs was operating a furniture factory in San Francisco. In the
following December their mother and two sisters arrived and in March, 1886, they were followed by the father, who
became associated with his brother in the furni ture business. Both parents are now deceased.
Eugene W. Becker attended the public schools, as well as night schools, in San Francisco, and was graduated in
three courses, including the commercial course. He had learned the jewelry business in his native land, beginning
to work when thirteen years old, and after coming to this country he was employed in his uncle's factory while
attending school. He next entered the employ of the Max Schirpsei Jewelry Company, with which concern he remained
for thirteen years, after which. he was with another firm for one year, and then for sixteen years was with T.
Lundy, the pioneer jeweler of San Francisco. In May, 1918, Mr. Becker came Oakland and opened a jewelry store in
Fruitvale, being the first to embark in tha business in this locality. Success attended him from the start and
he now commands a large and steadily growing trade. He carries a large line of jewelry watches and clocks and maintains
a well equipped repair department. His courtesy, accommodation and fair dealing have won for him an excellent reputation
as a reliable and up to date business man.
Mr. Becker was united in marriage to Miss May Cooper, who is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, but was reared
and educated in San Francisco. To them have been born six children: Helen, Dora, Harold, Maybelle, Elmer and Ethel,
all of whom excepting the last named are married, and there are also five grandchildren.
Mr. Becker is nominally a republican in his political views, but at local elections he maintains an independent
attitude, supporting the candidate whom he believes to be the best fitted for the offices they seek. He was active
in the organization of the Fruitvale Merchants Association, of which he was the first president. He has been a
member of the Knights of Pythias since the age of twenty one years, and has passed through the chairs; in the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows he has passed through the chairs three times; and is also a member of the Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World. For the past twenty five years he has been a member of the Jewelers
Club of San Francisco. He enjoys a wide acquaintance in the two cities and all who know him hold him in the highest
regard for his sterling qualities of character and the high type of citizenship which he has exemplified in his
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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