Theodore H. Beckman, prominent farmer and viticulturist of San Joaquin county, residing near Lodi, is a native son of the county, a member of one of its prominent and old-time families, and himself has made an excellent record in the various departments of activity wherein he has engaged. A young man of energy, marked capacity for executive direction, industrious and intelligent, he has well filled the niche of usefulness which has been allotted to him as his life's work, and San Joaquin county well counts him among the most enterprising and successful of the younger generation of citizens.

Born in San Joaquin county, May 3, 1871, he is a son of Henry and Margaret (Toni) Beckman, who have figured prominently in the county's history and whose histories will be found on other pages of this work. Mr. Beckman was reared in the county and received his education in the public schools, to be further supplemented by three years spent at San Joaquin Valley College at Woodbridge, an excellent educational institution no longer in existence. Mr. Beckman's ranch contains two hundred and fifty acres, and his residence and rural homestead are noted as among the finest and most beautiful in this part of the state. His most important enterprise is grape culture, and all told there are about one hundred and thirty acres of vineyards, containing both wine and table grape varieties. He has two other farms, one containing six hundred acres and another two hundred.

January 30, 1900, Mr. Beckman was married to Miss Grace Diers, a granddaughter of Jacob Brack, Sr., so well known in San Joaquin county. They have one son, Earl B. Mr. Beckman is serving his first term as a member of the board of trustees of the Henderson school district, and is clerk of the board. He is very much interested in educational affairs, and gives all the support in his power to the local schools and their equipment and successful conduct. He is a Republican in politics, and fraternally is past master of Woodbridge Lodge No. 131, F. & A. M., at Woodbridge, and also past patron of the Eastern Star chapter No. 118 at the same place, and a Royal Arch Mason.

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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