WILLIAM F. BECK, whose beautiful farm of 100 acres of well cultivated land lies on the State Line Road about
two and one half miles northeast of Petersburg, in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, was born
on this farm May 7, 1871. His parents were Andrew and Fredericka (Haag) Beck.
Andrew Beck was born in Germany and in boyhood accompanied his parents to America His father, Daniel Beck, settled
on the present home farm in North Beaver Township, where he lived until after the death of his wife, when he yearned
for his native land and went back to Germany, where he died. In early manhood, Andrew Beck left the farm and went
to Pittsburg, where he attracted the attention of James Wood, then a large manufacturer and man of fortune, and
served him for several years as his private coachman. After Mr. Beck returned to North Beaver Township he was married
to Fredericka, daughter of John Haag, the latter of whom was also born in Germany. The mother of William F. Beck
was born in Unity Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, but when she was about twelve years old her parents moved
to Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and settled on land adjoining the Beck farm. Two children were born to Andrew
Beck and wife, Susan and William F., the former of whom married Alva Beight. The father died on the home farm in
1884 and the mother, in November, 1906, at the home of Mrs. Beight.
William F. Beck has resided on this farm all his life, obtaining a public school education in the neighborhood.
He carries on general farming and buys and sells cattle. His standing as an agriculturist is high and as a citizen
is equally so. He married Irene Macklin, who is a daughter of Emanuel Macklin, of North Beaver Township, and they
have one son, Frederick. Mr. and Mrs. Beck are members of the Petersburg Lutheran Church, of which he is a trustee.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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