Johh Henry Becker (Johann Heinrich Becker) was my 3rd great-grandfather.  He was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1852.  His obituary was published in the Tipton Times, dated 8 August 1919.

HENRY BECKER PASSED AWAY

He Was Born in Winterschied, Germany – Came to Missouri 71 Years Ago

Henry Becker died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louis G. Imhoff on Ohio street, August 2, 1919 of old age.  Had he lived until December 1st next, he would have been 89 years old.  He was born in Winterscheid, Germany and came to Missouri when 18 years of age, living in and near Tipton until his death.  His wife, whose maiden name was Miss Margaret Kuttenkuler, died September 25, 1915, since which time he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Imhoff.  On January 2, 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Becker celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.  Mr. Becker was a civil war veteran and for a number of years followed his occupation as carpenter and contractor.  He was an industrious man and a good citizen.

Three sons and six daughters survive him.  They are: Henry and Joseph, of St. Louis; Chas. Becker and Mrs. Peter Schmidt, of Kansas City; Mrs. John Robertson, of Souix City, Iowa; Mrs. L.A. Mudd, of Grainger, Iowa; Mrs. L.G. Imhoff and Mrs. A.G. Koechner, of Tipton, and Miss Lucy Becker, of St. Louis, all of whom attended the funeral except Chas. Becker, of Kansas City.

Funeral services were conducted from St. Andrews Catholic church, of which the deceased had long been a faithful member, Monday morning by Rev. Father Kueper; interment in Catholic cemetery, the following being pallbearers: P.O Flood,  Joe Sommerhauser, Peter Dick, Jacob Heinen, Andrew Schmidt, and John Hartman.

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Week 8: Technology.  What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

I was born in 1976 and the majority of my childhood was spent with the latest technological advances.

  • We had a color TV with a remote control. I actually had my little brother convinced that I could turn him off with it.  What a cruel big sister I was, wasn’t I?  I remember being so glad when we got that TV set, because I no longer had to be the remote for my parents.:)  We never had cable though (we lived on an island and it wasn’t available).  We had the good ole bunny ears on the roof – which constantly had to be moved around to get decent reception.
  • My uncle lived with us for a while and when he moved in, he brought a microwave.  It was magical.
  • I had a “ghettoblaster”, but I probably lived as far from the ghetto as possible.  I loved having a double tape deck.
  • I can’t remember what year we got our first computer.  I was probably about 8 or 9 yrs old (just a guess).  It was a Commodore 64 and I thought that it was the coolest thing on earth.  I mean, what’s there not to love about this thing?:)(We later upgraded to the 64C)

The main screen was this boring two-tone blue color.

And I thought that it was the neatest thing when I read the manual and figured out how to type the code into there so that I could change the colors.  And the font color too.  I had a rainbow of colors adorning our Commodore. I shudder to think of how much time I spent doing this.

I also liked to play games on it of course.  We had a joystick and often played things like Pac-Man (or Woman – I don’t remember which) and Zanac (not Zantac!) .

By far my favorite game was Transylvania.  It was a role-playing type game where you had to type in what you wanted to do. Great graphics, huh? (Photo credit: www.mobygames.com  You can take a walk down memory lane and find all of your favorite old games on there!)

I remember that my little sister always had such a hard time playing this game.  She wasn’t the best of spellers, and the computer often didn’t understand her commands.

It cracks me up now to think how scary I thought this game was.  Especially when the werewolf jumped out at you.

I exaggerate.  There was no jumping – and it doesn’t really look like a werewolf, does it?  We actually had to wait patiently for the next page to load.  I would get so nervous that I couldn’t think what I should type.

Looking back, the game was so silly and the actions took so incredibly long.  I would have to type “put bullet in gun”  “shoot gun at werewolf” etc.  But I really thought it was fun.:)

I wonder what my kids would think of it – since we have a Wii and a couple of DS’s.  I never could have imagined what technology would be like for my kids.  It amazes me every day.

What a fun walk down memory lane.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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I only have a few favorites to post from this week, only because I got hit with a nasty cold (and have been in a Ny-Quil induced coma for a couple of evenings – my normal computer time) and I also had my daughter’s birthday party today – involving a 6-layered rainbow cake and bowling with 7 little kids. Not a lot of computer time this week. There were a lot of great reads out there, but here are the few that I’m going to share:

  1. Amy Coffin lets us know Why Roots Tech is the Bees Knees!  I really wish I could have attended, because it sounds like it was a great time and that there was a lot of variety in speakers and topics. I am all about using technology in research (as  most of us bloggers probably are.)  Maybe next time…
  2. Head over to Family Tree Rings and pick your favorite love story. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day post.
  3. Check out the Friday Funny over at They Came to Montana.  Especially if your name is Grady.:)
  4. I loved Astrid’s post about the research on her Italian great-grandparents.  Family secrets make for interesting family history!
  • Amy Coffin - February 20, 2011 - 8:32 pm

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When my husband’s grandparents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, the family had a quilt made for them.

Each family member had their own square.

What a beautiful way to commemorate such a wonderful occasion.

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This is a photo of Roselie Melissa Hollingsworth (1890-1973).  She was my husband’s great grandmother, and was married to Clyde Cleveland Davidson (1888-1971).  They are both buried in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Doesn’t she look lovely?

The picture is in the possession of my husband’s grandmother.  It is quite large and in a beautiful old frame.

I took these pictures while we were visiting Kansas this past October.  It looks like it belongs in a “hall of ancestors” doesn’t it?

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