Henry C. Beckman, a representative farmer, stock-raiser and dairyman residing on a fine estate near the town of Lodi in San Joaquin county, was born in that county, August 23, 1867, and is the son of one of hte most successful pioneers of San Joaquin county, a man of many noble attributes, of great ability in the management of his affairs, and of sterling integrity and worth in all the relations by which he was known to his fellow citizens.

Christopher Beckman, the pioneer just mentioned, who died at his home near Lodi, where his son and widow, Mary (Langhorst) Beckman, still live, was a native of the kingdom of Prussia, and his death occurred on April 27, 1890. He was a self-made man, being thrown upon his own resources at an early age andlearning the practical lessons of life by experience nd actual contact with affairs, so that he deserved the more honor for his success. In 1849, accompanied by a younger brother, Henry, whose history appears elsewhere, he sailed from Bremen and in about fifty-five days landed in the city of Baltimore. For several years he was in Pennsylvania, Illinois, employed on steamboats on the Mississippi, and in the state of Wisconsin. From Wisconsin in 1853 he and his brother came across the plains and in the same year took up their residence in San Joaquin county, among the early settlers. Christopher located near the site of the present town of Lodi, and was prosperously engaged in farming there until his death. He and his wife were the parents of three children, but only the son survives, the deceased daughters having been Doreta and Emma. Christopher Beckman was a prominent man in his locality. For several years he served as trustee of the Henderson school district. He was a Democrat in politics, but with independent proclivities, and he was a member of the masonic lodge at Lodi, and a respected member of the German Lutheran church at Stockton. In his death the county lost one of its best old-time citizens and upholders of all its institutions.

Mr. Henry C. Beckman was reared to man's estate in his native county, obtained his education in the public schools and in the old San Joaquin Valley College at Woodbridge. His fine ranch near Lodi is one of the model places in the county, embracing four hundred and eighty acres of land, and he has built thereon a beautiful residence, one of the most commodious and pleasant rural homes in the locality. He is affiliated with the Masonic order at Lodi, and he and his wife are members of the Lodi German Lutheran church.

Mr. Beckman was married May 20, 1896, to Miss Jessie Spenker, whose father, Joseph Spenker, is one of hte well known men of San Joaquin county and has a sketch in this work. Four children have blessed the happy home of Mr. and Mrs. Beckman, and three of them are living, Aneta, Vera and Joseph Christopher.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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