|John Joseph "Joe" Becker, Great Bend, Barton, Kansas|
When the 1940 Census became available on Monday, April 2, my same dear cousin was able to search for and find Great Grandpa Joe Becker in that census. She emailed me a copy of the census page and said "I found him!". As I reviewed the page, I noticed that Joe was living with his son Lew, daughter-in-law Ellen and grandson Larry. Their residence was 1400 Kansas and Lew's occupation was Sheriff. I remembered that "house" as it also housed the County Jail in the 1940s and 1950s. I was fortunate to have visited my Granduncle Lew Becker while he was serving as the Barton County Sheriff. But I had not remembered it well enough to identify it as the house in the photo above.
Last night I found this old photo of the Barton County Jail as I searched on Google Images. It had been available on ebay.
|Barton County Jail, Great Bend, Barton, Kansas 1907|
Here's another photo shared with me by Kate Keller of Great Grandpa Joe Becker on the porch of the same residence.
|Joe Becker on the porch of the jail/house at 1400 Kansas Avenue, Great Bend, Barton, Kansas|