Catherine Jansen Becker

Catherine Jansen was born in Germany, September 7, 1880, and died of pneumonia at her home in Exeter, Nebraska, Friday, March 10, 1911, aged  31 years, 7 months and 3 days.

She came to this country with her parents in 1886, locating on a farm just east of Exeter, where she grew into womanhood and was married to Jacob Becker, January 23, 1902. To this union was born five children, one boy and four girls.

She leaves besides a bereaved husband, five children, other relatives and a host of sorrowing friends, who deeply sympathize with them in the loss sustained by a kind mother and wife.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic church, Monday morning at 10:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Father McDonald. A large procession of sympathetic friends followed the remains to the Exeter Cemetery where interment was made.

Fillmore County News
 Exeter, Nebraska
March 16, 1911


Fatal Crash at Exeter Rail Crossing

N. M., Jacob and Henry Becker
Victims of Appalling Tragedy

An automobile and train collision at the Burlington crossing a block east of the Exeter station at about 10:45 Tuesday morning claimed the lives of three life long residents of this community. They were Nicholas M. Becker, 66, his cousins, Jacob Becker, 63, and Henry Becker, 54, who were brothers.

The victims of this appalling tragedy were members of families identified with this community from a period shortly after the first settlement here until the present. Their acquaintances included the far great numbers of residents here and their circle of friends was correspondingly large.

They were riding in a car owned and driven by N. M. Becker. The car was headed north and the train, second section of Burlington freight No. 62, was going east. It was a through train and not scheduled for a stop in Exeter.

Reports of eye witnesses indicate that the occupants of the car saw the train only an instant before the impact and that the driver tried to stop the car, the front wheels rolling onto the track. It also appears that Nicholas and Henry attempted to get out of the car and may have succeeded in getting part way out. Jacob was in the back seat. Nicholas and Henry were killed instantly and Jacob lived a few minutes after he was taken to the office of Dr. W. S. Wiggins.

The car, it is said, appeared to bounce in the air. It landed on its top near the foot of the railroad grade about forty feet east of the crossing, a total wreck.

The train stopped until necessary reports were made and a short time later Sheriff Steinacher, Deputy Hulse and Count Attorney Gewacke arrived and made a thorough investigation and survey of the scene.


Jacob "Jake" William Becker

Jacob W. Becker was born May 19, 1887, in Yankton, South Dakota, and while a small child came with his parents to this community, where he continued to make his home. He was married to Miss Catherine Jansen and to this union were born five children, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. W. J. Dusch and Mrs. C. J. Schmidt, both of Denver, Bernard of Exeter, Mrs. F. H. Mincer of Cozad and Mrs. Lester Joy of Exeter. Mrs. Becker passed away on March 10, 1911. Some years later, Mr. Becker married Mrs. Anna Martell, who with here son, Claude Martell, survives.

Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska
October 10, 1940


Anna Jansen Martell Becker

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral services of Mrs. Anna Becker on June 16, 1960 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schmidt of Denver, Colorado, Mr. and Mrs. Herb Jansen and Mrs. John Jansen of O'Neill, Mrs. John Kelly of Shelton, Mrs. James Burns of California, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ahern and Mrs. Frank Haeker of Friend, Mrs. Henry Gieger and Mr. Frank Vrbka and daughter of Utica, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Biester and Mrs. Dean Biegert of Shickley.

Mrs. Becker of Lincoln passed away Monday June 13th at the Madonna Home in Lincoln.

Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery with Rev. Joseph Keany as the clergyman. She leaves a son Claude Martell and Mrs. Martell of Lincoln. Stepchildren: Mrs. Lester Joy of Seattle, Washington, Bernard Becker, Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Bertha Peterson, Mrs. Carl Schmidt and Mrs. Clara Dusch all of Denver.

Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska
June 23, 1960