Biography of Eugene W. Becker
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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 life.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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