C. Edward Becker, whose demise occurred in Utica on the 1st of July, 1908, spent his entire life in this
city and was long and successfully engaged in the wholesale and retail meat business. He was born October 8, 1858,
his parents being Christian and Catherine Becker. The father came to this country from Germany in early manhood
and here embarked in business as a butcher and pork packer, his sons later following in his footsteps in this regard.
C. Edward Becker obtained his education in the schools of Utica and after putting aside his text books learned
the trade of a butcher and meat cutter under the direction of his father. About 1876 he embarked in the meat business
in association with his brother, J. Fred, with whom he maintained partnership relations for about seven years.
On the expiration of that period he formed a partnership with another brother, John A., conducting a wholesale
and retail establishment at No. 135 South street until about 1905, when he retired from active business life. He
enjoyed an extensive patronage and won a gratifying measure of success in the conduct of his mercantile interests.
In 1888 Mr. Becker was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary M. Roemer, by whom he had two children, Mary R. and Ethel
E., who married Whiting A. Clark on November 16, 1911. His political allegiance was given to the democratic party,
while his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Lutheran church. Of a genial, cordial disposition,
he won a large circle of friends who esteemed him highly for his many excellent traits of character. He was deeply
attached to his home and family and deemed no personal sacrifice too great that would enhance the welfare and happiness
of his wife and children.
Henry Roemer, the father of Mrs. Becker, passed away in Oneida county on the 6th of February, 1904. He was born
at Homburg, Hessen-Nassau, Germany, on the 1st of January, 1830, and obtained his education in the place of his
nativity. He crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1852, locating in Deerfield, Oneida county, New York,
where he began working on a farm. In 1854 he came to Utica and turned his attention to market gardening and in
1866 he purchased the farm whereon the remainder of his life was passed. He organized the West End Brewery in 1886,
and two years later was chosen its president, serving in that capacity until called to his final rest. The period
of his residence in Oneida county covered more than a half century and he became prominently known within its borders.
In 1854 Mr. Roemer was united in marriage to Miss Rosina Grund, whose demise occurred on the 13th of September,
1892. They were the parents of the following children: Charles H.; Fred J.; Mrs. Edward Ellis; Mrs. F. J. Becker;
and Mrs. C. E. Becker, who resides at No. 138 Rutger street, Utica.
Mr. Roemer was a republican in politics and served as supervisor of the eighth ward in 1879. He was a man of social
disposition and belonged to many German societies, including the Utica Maennerchor, the German Industrial Society
and the Utica Turn Verein. Fraternally he was identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masons,
being a member of the lodge and chapter of the latter order.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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