Notes for Elmer Elsworth Becher/Baker: 1898--History. J. H. Beers & Co.'s "Commemorative Biographical Record of Centre, Clinton, Union, and Snyder Co.'s," 1898, page 851-852. (This information, part of a history on "Harry P. Ranck," was probably supplied by Sallie (Becher) Ranck (1870-1937), a grand-daughter and husband to Harry P. Ranck). "... Amos Becker was married to Miss Margaret J. Berkheimer,... They have five living children: (1) Elmer, born September 24, 1862, married Miss Maize Keefer, and has had three children--Lula, Lee, and Hazel..."
1900--Census. Kelly Twp., Union Co., PA, Sheet 3b, No. 55/59. Elmer Becher 9/1863 36 married 12 yrs. Rents home, Day labor on Railroad Mary C. 9/1869 30 had 4 children--all living Lulu M. 3/1888 12 single, school Williard L. 5/1890 10 school Hazle R. 3/1894 6 daughter Elwood G. 4/1899 1 Neighbors: Andrew & Margret Anderson, Henry F. & Priscilla Haas, Harrison & Elizabeth Keirser, John W. & Lucy A. Russell.
1910--Census. Not in Delaware, Lewis, Turbot, or Turbotville or Watsontown Boro. Check Lewisburg--see 1914 residence that establishes them in Lewisburg.
1914--Residence. (Lewisburg, Union Co., PA) The following is from a photocopy of a newspaper clipping in LeRoy Keefer's book, "Our Ancestors, Our Relatives, and Ourselves," Revised August 1961, page 6c. Family Historian, LeRoy Keefer (1886-1964), was the great great grandson of Martin, Sr.: "An Old Time Record--Interesting Document Found Among Effects of Late Peter J. Criste. Some very old and interesting papers pertaining to the early settlers of this vicinity were found among the effects of the late Peter J. Criste recently. Among them was a notice of the death of Martin Keffer, as follows: Died. Near Milton, on the 13th of February, 1815, Mr. Martin Keffer........on the Susquehanna." This article then continues without interruption, introduction, or explanation to give the following obituary of this (great grandson) Martin L. Keffer (1830-1914): "The late Martin Keffer died at his home in East Buffalo township. Father of 12 children, grandfather of forty-two and great grandfather of five. Mr. Keefer was aged 83 years, 8 months and 4 days. Death was due to cancer of the hand, from which he had been suffering for the past three years. Mr. Keefer was born and reared in White Deer township and when 19 years of age became a member of the United Evangelical church. He is survived by his widow and the following children: Martin, Howard, Simon and Merrill, of Milton, James of Lewisburg; Thomas, William and George, of Pottsgrove; Wallace, of New Columbia; Mrs. Albright Hoch, of New Berlin; Mrs. Elmer Becker, of Lewisburg, and Mrs. Harrison Yocum, of Milton. Forty-two grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren also survive. The present united ages of these children amount to 516 years. The late Keefers have departed the tomb and it is hoped they will rest in peace--at the final resurrection, rise triumphant and be carried to the bosom of the Saints above. St. John 11:25-26, "Jesus saith unto him: I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
1920 Census--Lewis Twp., Northumberland Co., PA Roll T625-1610, Sheet 12A, January 22-23, Line # 42-46 155/158 Becker, Elmer E. head 56 head laborer family Mary C. wife 50 Fred E. son 15 Adda E. dau 13 Bieber, Margaret E. 21 hired girl laborer Neighbors: Charles H. & Mable C. Weller, Samuel B. & Laura B. Shook, Harry & Susie Hoy, and Samuel & Annie McCollumn.
1925--Residence. He was living at Watsontown RD at the time of her death--according to her obituary.
More About Elmer Elsworth Becher/Baker: Age: 69 years, 11 months & 24 days. Burial: Unknown, Highland Cemetery, New Columbia, Union Co., PA. Occupation(s): Successful Farmer. Other-Begin: He spelled his name "BAKER" on his marriage license!. PlaceBuried/Age: Highland Cemetery, New Columbia, Union Co., PA; age 69y 11m 24d. Religion: West Milton Evangelical Church. Residence 1: 1894, Pleasant View, White Deer Twp.. Residence 2: West Milton, Kelly Twp.; Five Points (Watsontown RD); Lewis Twp.. Residence 3: White Deer & Kelly Township, Union Co. and Delaware Township, Northumberland Co..
More About Elmer Elsworth Becher/Baker and Mary Catherine "Mazy" Keefer: Marriage: 29 Sep 1887, White Deer Mills, Union Co., PA by Rev. William W. Clouser.37
Children of Elmer Elsworth Becher/Baker and Mary Catherine "Mazy" Keefer are:
+Ada Utica Becher, b. 10 Sep 1906, West Milton, Union Co., PA38, d. 15 Sep 1995, Lewisburg United Methodist Homes, Kelly Twp., Union Co., PA38.