Becker, Abraham J. (1872-1953)

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Abraham J. Becker: Mennonite Brethren missionary to the Comanche people; born in Wohldemfuerst, Kuban, South Russia on 25 February 1872 to Jacob P. and Margaretha (Wiens) Becker. His public school education was in Hillsboro, Kansas. He attended the Vereins Schule in Buhler, Kansas; McPherson College, Kansas; and Moody Bible Institute. He married Magdalena Hergert in Fairview, Oklahoma, in 1897. They had six children. Magdalena died in 1938. He married Katharina Poetker in 1941 (for further information on Abraham's family see Additional Information). In 1901 Abraham and Magdalena went to work at the Post Oak mission in Indiahoma, Oklahoma. This was the first Mennonite Brethren Indian mission. Abraham also began evangelistic work with Hispanic people in Comanche County, Oklahoma. During his 50 years with the mission he interceded with government agencies, always trying to safeguard Indian interests and improve living conditions for the Indians. He died 15 January 1953 in Lawton, Oklahoma.


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Janzen, A. E. "Tribute to Missionary Abraham J. Becker." Christian Leader 17 (1 February 1953): 1, 5, 6.

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Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, compilers. Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 1943 : 20.

Additional Information

Abraham and his first wife Magdalena had seven children: Daniel, William, Augusta (died young), Peter, Herwanna, Samuel, and Glenn.

Author(s) Lois Deckert
Date Published 1987

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Deckert, Lois. "Becker, Abraham J. (1872-1953)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 17 Feb 2018.,_Abraham_J._(1872-1953)&oldid=75289.

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Deckert, Lois. (1987). Becker, Abraham J. (1872-1953). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 February 2018, from,_Abraham_J._(1872-1953)&oldid=75289.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 62. All rights reserved.

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