Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lydia Scholl 1860 - 1939


Lydia was born to Philip and Elizabeth Scholl on December 21, 1860.  She was their sixth child.

Lydia married August Bernard Becker, who was a successful farmer his whole life.  He came from Germany and was a knife smith, or Messer smith in Germany.  An older brother came to the country first. He was buried in Zion cemetery then moved to Steele cemetery. A history of Richardson County, has a write up about him which is the Internet



Vince has a picture of him with a German uniform however it is said that he came America because he didn’t like the army. Lived in St Jo and died in Joseph. Mo



Lydia is Vince Becker’s grandmother.



AUGUST B. BECKER. (From History of Richardson Co)

August B. Becker, one of Arago precinct’s substantial landowners and one of the most progressive farmers of Richardson county, owner of more than three hundred acres in his home precinct and the proprietor of one of the best-kept farms in the eastern part of the county, his home being a bit over nine miles northeast of Falls City, is of European birth, but has been a resident of this country and of Nebraska since the days of his young manhood, and has done well in his operations since his arrival here back in 1876, in what was regarded even then as pioneer days. He was born in the grand duchy of Baden on February 27, 1852, son of William and Elizabeth (Redel) Becker, also natives of Baden, the former born in 1819 and the latter in 1822, who came to this country in 1878, their elder children having preceded them here, and settled on a farm in the precinct of Arago, this county, where they spent the remainder of their lives, the former dying in 1892 and the latter in 1895. 

William Becker was a knifesmith in his native land, but after coming here became a substantial farmer. He and his wife were the parents of seven children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the second in order of birth, the others being as follow: Prof. William Becker, teacher of German in Eden College at St. Louis, Missouri; Herman Becker, a farmer in the vicinity of Verdon, this county; Mrs. Mary Reschke, of the precinct of Arago; Mrs. Lydia Reschke, of the precinct of Jefferson; Charles, who is still living in his native land, and Mrs. Anna Schroedel, of Washington county, Illinois. Reared in his native Baden, August B. Becker received his schooling there and there learned the trade of knifesmith, becoming a skilled and efficient cutler. He remained in his native land until he was twenty-four years of age, when, in 1876, he came to this country, coming over on the sailing vessel “Moss,” which was only two weeks in making the voyage. His objective point was Nebraska, he having been in previous correspondence with others from Baden who had settled in Richardson county, and when he arrived in this county his slender supply of cash had been reduced to twenty-five dollars. For a time after his arrival here Mr. Becker worked as a farm hand and then rented a farm in Arago precinct and was engaged in farming during the period of the grasshopper scourge on the plains, a not very encouraging experience to a newcomer. He bought his present home farm in 1884 and after his marriage in the spring of 1879 he established his home on the farm and has ever since been engaged in farming and stock raising, long having been regarded as one of the leading farmers and stockmen in that hart of the county. Mr. Becker now owns a very well-improved farm of one hundred and ninety-five acres in section 16 of the precinct of Arago and is also the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres in section 25 of that precinct. He has a fine house and an excellent farm plant, situated about the center of his home place, and he and his family are very pleasantly and very comfortably situated there. 

The Lutheran church and cemetery are located on his farm. Mr. Becker is a practical farmer and an extensive breeder of Shorthorn cattle and has done very well in his operations. He has taken an interested part in the general civic affairs of his home community ever since acquiring citizenship here and for some time served as a member of the local school board. He and his family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran church and take a proper part in church work, as well as in other neighborhood good works and in the general social activities of their home community.


On April 17, 1879, August B. Becker was united in marriage to Lydia Sholl, who was born in New York on December 21, 1860, daughter of Philip and Lizzie (Kolsch) Sholl, natives of Germany, who came to this country in 1847 and to Richardson county about 1862, becoming substantial pioneers of this county. To Mr. and Mrs. Becker thirteen children have been born, namely: Philip, who is the owner of an eighty-acre farm in section 32 of Arago precinct; August, also a farmer in that same precinct; Henry, who is now a resident of the state of California; Ludwick, of Arago precinct; Lydia, who is at home; Ida, now living in Illinois; William, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Anna Christina, Otto, Albert and John, at home, and Bernard, deceased. 

Lydia Scholl and August Becker

 1900 census:

 1910 census:







13 children:

1. Philip A W. Becker was a farmer and then moved to Hartford Kansas and died there. He owned land in Falls City and raised his family. Buried in Hartford, Kansas

2. August Becker Jr. 1882 farmer mainly farmed in Kansas, across the state line, but had a house in Falls City. In later years he and his family moved back to Falls City, died and is buried in Paul’s cemetery.

3. Henry 1884 married and has an infant who died and he and his wife split up, he always lived in Falls City and was a farmer, and moved back to Falls City town where he lived in the hotel because they didn’t have rest homes at the time.

4. Ludwig Karl Becker 1885 died in 1950, has a daughter who lives in Falls City, north of Paul’s cemetery named Laurine.

5. Lydia Becker 1888 she never married stayed at home and lived on the farm and was one of three aunts who moved to town around WWII. Was one of the big three: Anna, Lydia and Christina.

6. Ida Becker 1889 she got hooked up with the Zion movement in Illinois worked for individual people and was a cook and housemaid for a family in Lincoln. When she retired she bought a house in Falls City. When Vince Becker’s grandparents died they didn’t give Ida any money because they figured she wouldn’t use it wisely, so they helped her buy the house.

7. Bernard Becker 1892 died as an infant

8. William Becker 1894 was a rebel; he left the family to Kansas City and then married and moved to Fairview Missouri. No children. His wife was Kerry McGee, who had a lot of sinus problems, and was snorting and wheezing and he killed her 1969 and lived to 1973. He was in Fulton Prison.

9. Anna Elizabeth Becker 1896 died as infant

10. Otto Paul Becker 1889 Vince Becker’s father was farmer off of hwy 75, Nebraska and Kansas, was successful and but drank it all up. His mother sued for divorced. She then married W.H. Bounds. from Odessa Texas, Vince’s dad was an alcoholic. When they settled the grandfather August Becker ‘s estate Vince’s dad didn’t get anything because the executors were fearful Otto would drink it up. Vince and his brother got 40 acres each and later when Christina died they got the other 40 acres. Anna and Lydia were in control.

11. John Walter Becker 1904 never married. He stayed home and was a farmer with Anna, Lydia and Christina and a hired hand. He had a disease and couldn’t work anymore and he and Anna and Christina moved to town. Anna and Lydia owned everything. Anna was mainly in charge of the assets of the estate.

12. Albert Becker was a farmer in Brown county Kansas, successful, no children, yes a wife. Vince stayed with them when he went back to Falls City. Delightful people.

13. Infant Bernard number seven. Not born last. Edna Witt also comes from this line and Edna got the property from Anna, Lydia and Christina, they got their money from lending to bankrupt people during the depression.