ANDREAS BECK operated a barber shop at 116 Federal Street for 59 years before retiring on March 21, 1915. Among his regular customers were General William Joyce Sewell, who also served as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Andreas Beck also tended to President Benjamin Harrison when he visited Camden during his presidency.
Andreas Beck was born in the Duchy of Baden, part of present day Germany, in August of 1842. He emigrated to the United States in 1856, and apprenticed as a barber in Philadelphia while boarding with George and Anna Warner, according to the 1860 Census.
September 16, 1861 Andreas Beck enlisted as a Private in Company F of
the 75th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. The 75th Regiment,
originally known as the 40th, composed principally of German citizens
from Philadelphia, was mustered into the U. S. service at Camp
Worth, Philadelphia, in August and September 1862, for three years.
Many of the members had seen service in European armies; Colonel Bohlen
was a veteran of the Mexican war, and Lieutenant Colonel. Mahler had
been an officer in the Baden revolution. On Sept. 26, 1861, the
regiment, about 800 strong, left for Washington, and there its
ranks were soon recruited to the maximum number. It was assigned to
In 1866 Andreas Beck came to Camden to work as a barber for John Jacob Somers. Census records indicate that he married three times. The 1870 Census lists him as being married to a woman named Rachel, with two daughters, Lizzie, 5, and Anna, 7. The 1880 Census shows him married to Pennsylvania-born Miriah. He married his third wife Ella, a native of New Jersey, in 1900. No children appear in the census records for the second and third marriages.
After retirement Andreas Beck moved to West Philadelphia.
ANDREAS BECK, TONSORIAL ARTIST,
A NEATLY equipped and popular barber shop is an incalculable convenience in any neighborhood in which people live. Such an establishment is that of Andreas Beck, No. 116 Federal Street. It was established in the Fall of 1855, and is 11x28 feet in dimensions, and does a business requiring four chairs.
Mr. Beck, the proprietor, is a native of Germany and came here thirty-four years ago. He is a barber by trade; is now President of the Barbers' Sunday Closing Association, the only organization of its kind ever made sufficiently effective to carry out the object for which it was formed.
Mr. Beck's entire business career has been in this place, in which he learned his trade, and in 1860 purchased the business of his predecessor, John Jacob Somers, the founder of the shop.
Philadelphia Inquirer - October 27, 1895
Andreas Beck - Frank Powell
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 21, 1915
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