Herman Beckman was born in Iowa, the son of Fred and Sophie Beckman. He came from South Dakota with his parents in 1916, serving in the military during World War I.
Clara Domek was born in Iowa, the daughter of George and Pauline Domek. She came to North Dakota with her parents when she was five years old.
Herman and Clara were married on June 27, 1922. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm five miles west of Ypsilanti. Then, in 1923, they bought and moved to a farm four miles southwest of Ypsilanti, North Dakota. This farm had been the homestead of Nels Falk.
The Beckmans retired from farming in 1975, renting the cropland and pasture to their oldest son, Harold. They continued to live on the farm until the fall of 1980, when they moved to Jamestown.
Herman and Clara were the parents of five children: Harold, Laveril, Lucile, Donna, and Earl.