Fred Beckman

Fred Beckman was born in Germany on December 25, 1865, and came to the United States when he was sixteen years old.

When he arrived in New York, he and three other fellows went to get some beer but, when he opened his wallet to pay for it, someone grabbed it, leaving him with only a penny that he had in his vest pocket. His baggage check was in the wallet, so  he wasn't even able to retrieve his baggage.

He made his way to Freeport, Illinois, where he worked at the Ludlo Ranch for three or for years, earning $50 a year in pay. He received room and board, and they made work clothes for him, as well. He had never driven a horse or done any farm work before so there was much for him to learn.

He also bought and operated a Merry-Go-Round. It had a canvas cover, and he operated it by hand. He saved enough money in four years to send for his mother in Germany, who kept house for him. They moved from there to Lyon County, Iowa.

His mother, Wilhelmina Beckman, was born on February 23, 1839 at Westhof Lippe Detmald Province, Germany.

Minnie Eisserman, a cousin of Fred's, had lost her mother at birth, so Fred and his mother took her into their home and raised her. Later, she married Charles Toelke.

Sophie Krueger came to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Krueger, while she was very young.

Fred Beckman and Sophie Krueger were married on December 26, 1893, and made their home in Lyon County, Iowa. Here, the following children were born: Henry, Herman, Willie, Walter, Sophie, and Minnie.

In the fall of 1903, the Beckman family moved by immigrant train to Milbank, South Dakota. Three daughters were born there: Reka, Juella, and Laura.

In the fall of 1915, Fred, Henry, and Herman came to North Dakota, where they purchased the SE ¼ of 4-138-63 and E ½ of 9-138-63 in Corwin Township, Stutsman County, through the Halvor Sundahl Real Estate Agent. The land had previously been owned by Steve Corwin.

Fred and Henry returned to South Dakota and, in the spring of 1916, the family came by immigrant train to the Ypsilanti, North Dakota community, to live on the property already acquired.

Wilhelmina Beckman died on November 21, 1917, and was among the first to be buried in the Ypsilanti Cemetery.

Fred Beckman died on June 17, 1940, a few days after his wife, Sophie, who passed away on June 1 of that year. They had been involved in an automobile accident.