Henry F. Beckman is a prosperous and thoroughly progressive farmer and stock-raiser near Lodi in San Joaquin county, and is a man of influence throughout his locality. For several years he has been a member of the school board of the Henderson school district, thus giving his efforts to the improvement and development of the public school system in his county, and as in this so in all other enterprises or movements touching the public weal, he can always be found on the side of progress and advancement.

Mr. Beckman, who has been a California citizen since 1868, was born in the kingdom of Prussia, on January 9, 1848, being a son of Frederick and Dora (Weller) Beckman, who were both born in Prussia and who came to America and to California in 1870, locating in San Joaquin county, where they died a few years ago. Mr. Backman received his education in his native country and in his own language, and from an early age has been in the school of practical experience and in contact with men and affairs. When he was twenty years old, in 1868, he took passage at Bremen on a steamer for new York, and from the latter city came by the isthmus route to California, of which state he has since been a citizen. For some years he was in the emplo y of his uncle, Henry Beckman, well known as a leading agriculturist near Lodi. In 1878 he embarked in farming on his own accounty, and has since attained rank among the prosperous men of the county. He is a self-made man, and by his own industry, good management and persevering characteristics has progressed steadily to his present position among the men of enterprise and ability in San Joaquin county.

Mr. Beckman was married March 15, 1884, to Miss Phillipene Klink, who was born in Germany. They are the parents of six children, Otto, Emil, Ella, Hilda, Clara and Freda. Although a Democrat in politics, Mr. Beckman usually follows an independent course in voting for local and national candidates, supporting the men and principles which appeal most nearly to his reason and convictions. He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church at Lodi, and they are very popular in all social circles.

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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