Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lou Becker

Louis Lynn Becker was born in Ripley, Ohio on May 18, 1888. He was the first child and only son of Nicholas and Anna (Beyersdoerfer) Becker.

While his childhood was spent in Ripley, Lou moved to Stuebenville, Ohio in 1910, where, according to his 1917 World War I draft registration card, he worked as a salesman for Hub Clothing Store. On January 25, 1911, he married Amy Elouise Montgomery of Ripley. According to the marriage announcement in The Ripley Bee, printed on January 25, the couple were married in Cincinnati by the Rev. Gervais Roughton.

After a wedding trip, Amy and Louis returned to Stuebenville to begin their married life. It was in Stuebenville that their only daughter, Janet Linn Becker, was born in 1917. In 1922, the family returned to live in Ripley where Lou purchased the Linn Clothing Company, changing its name to Becker's Department Store.

Louis did not enjoy good health as he grew older. He had problems with his heart, and in June of 1943, he contracted pneumonia. Louis died on June 29 at 6:30 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley.

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