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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 11:24:37 :

San Rafael Independent
Monday, January 22, 1934
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Louis Becker, Pioneer Local Merchant, Called By Death

When death claimed Louis Becker Sr. yesterday morning, it took not only one of San Rafael's pioneer merchants, but one
of the city's best beloved citizens. Although he never held public office, he had a keen interest in civic affairs and was much interested in the progress of the county. His hope had been to live long enough to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Born in Germany, 72 years ago, he became an expert tailor specializing in ladies' tailoring. He studied his trade in Paris. He was married in Switzerland and came to this country shortly afterward. He arrived in San Rafael in 1888 and immediately opened a tailoring establishment, his first shop being on B
Street. Later, he acquired Fourth Street property and established his business there, in addition to his tailoring shop, carrying a line of men's wear.

He was stricken with pneumonia last week and little hope was held for his recovery.

He was a member of San Rafael Aerie No. 256, F.O.E.

In addition to his widow he is survived by two sons, Louis W. and Charles Becker, and a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Steinhauser. Louis is a prominent San Rafael business man. Charles is supervisor of the Associate Oil Company's laboratory and Mrs. Steinhauser is in an exclusive bakeshop business with her husband here.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the mortuary of Keaton and Dusel. Interment will be in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery.

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