From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
MRS. AGTE BECKMAN
JANUARY 20, 1911
The death of Mrs. Agte Beckman, which occurred on Saturday (Jan.14) morning at the home of her son, F.R. Beckman, and family, on the south side of town, removed one of the oldest and most highly respected ladies of Chatsworth and one of the oldest women in this section of the state. Had Mrs. Beckman survived until the 4th of next month she would have been 94 years of age.
Mrs. Beckman was a native of Germany, having been born on February 4, 1817, at Victorbue, Ost Friesland. On April 10, 1846, she was married to Rolf K. Beckman. In 1857 they came to America, landing in New Orleans, coming up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to Peoria. They were nine weeks on the ocean voyage and two weeks on the river trip. In crossing the Atlantic Mrs. Beckman's mother and infant child died of Cholera, as did others on the vessel in which they took passage. In 1857 they moved east of Minonk and in 1869 to a farm near Fairbury. Ten years later they moved to Charlotte township, where they resided until Mr. Beckman's death in 1899, since which time Mrs. Beckman had made her home with the family of her son, F.R., in this city.
Mrs. Beckman was the mother of the following children, all of whom are living; Mrs. Lena Johnson, of Fairbury; Mrs. John Ommen, of Charlotte; C.R. Beckman, F.R. Beckman, of this city; John C. Beckman, of Rensselaer, Ind.; George W. Beckman of Cullom. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren
The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at one-thirty o'clock at the German Evangelical church. Rev. Koepp, of Charlotte, officiating In German and Rev. Gronewald making a few remarks in English, and the remains were interred in the Chatsworth Cemetery.
The attendance at the last obsequies was large, showing the high esteem in which Mrs. Beckman was held in this community.
Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Tronc, of Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Yonkers, of Saunemin; Mr. and Mrs. John McKinney, Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Flessner, F.O. Walrich, Mrs. and Mrs. James Keefe, Mrs. John Parsons, Mrs. H.J. Parsons, Mrs. F.J. Nightingale, of Piper city; Mr. and Mrs. G..W. Maddin, of Thawville; Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Madden, of Del Rey; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beckman, of Kankakee; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Beckman, of Rensselaer, Ind.; Mrs. Lena Johnson and two sons, of Fairbury; Mrs. John Ommen and two sons and one daughter, Ralph and Albert Ommen, of Charlotte; Mrs. and Mrs. Geo. Beckman and son, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mackinson and daughter, Lawrence Haag and two daughters, of Cullom.