The Quincy All Purpose Farm Engine


| July/August 1991



The Quincy All-Purpose Engine

Box 4 Ursa, Illinois 62376

In the past few years, I have been researching the Quincy all purpose farm engine that was built at 714-716 York St., Quincy, Illinois.

Mr. Carl Becker was born November 27, 1860 in Rhine Pfalz, Germany. He came to America in 1877.

When he was 23, he learned the machinist's trade. He located in Warsaw, Illinois first, where he operated an engine for two years.

Mr. Becker was married in October of 1885 to Miss Lizzie Heddrich, a daughter of Phillip Heddrich, who was a stone cutter. The Beckers were the parents of two sons, Walter and Elmer.

In 1885, he moved to Quincy and worked for Hay Press Works for three years, Collins Plow Co. for three years, and Smith Hill Elevator Co. for four years. In 1898, he organized the Weibmer-Becker Machine Co. Carl and his partner, Anton Weibmer, had a plant at Seventh and York and had fourteen men working for them.