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Charles Joseph Becker is a member of the general merchandise firm of Becker & Foster, cousins, who are industrious and good business men. Mr. Becker, unasked by himself and without much effort on his part, has just been elected one of the Supervisors of this county, which indicates to some degree the estimate his fellow-citizens have in his business ability and good judgment.

He is a Native Son of the Golden West, born in Shasta, July 19, 1857, the son of Joseph Becker, who was a native of Prussia, and who came to America in 1846, and for a time resided in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Margaret Foster, a native of Germany, and they had nine children of whom all but one are living. Mr. Becker, the eldest but one of the family, received his education in Marysville, Yuba County, and also followed barbering for nine years in that city, which he had learned of his father. In 1883 he began business with his cousin in Cottonwood, and the firm at once stepped to the front, and have since acquired a large patronage. They handle all kinds of goods, including lumber and grain in large quantities, and under their capable management their trade is steadily increasing, extending as far as fifty miles east and west. Politically Mr. Becker is a leading Republican, and is one of the directors of the Horticultural Society of the county of Shasta, and is ever ready to aid in the improvement and building up of the county. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of his school district, and was one of the men who helped build the fine school-house, which is now a fine improvement and credit to Cottonwood. He is Past President of the N. S. G. W. at Marysville.

Mr. Becker is still a single man, and has before him the usual course of events the prospect of a glorious future.

Transcribed by: Melody Landon Gregory - August 2004

Source:Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California, Lewis Publishing Co., 1891 page 762
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