From "History of La Crosse County, Wisconsin", 1881, p. 859.
Town of Shelby
JACOB BECKEL, proprietor of Greenfield House, Shelby; was born in Germany in 1819; emigrated to the United States in 1840, and stopped five years in Ohio, he then came to La Crosse and remained about six years, after which he returned to Ohio and stayed until 1856, when he came back to La Crosse and settled where he now lives; he has been engaged in the hotel business the entire time; he also owns 120 acres of land. In 1863, was appointed Postmaster at Shelby, and still retains the position, being one of the oldest Postmasters in the United States. He has also held various town and school offices, and is a Democrat in politics. In 1846, he was married to Elizabeth Frank; they have had twelve children, those living are Mary, Christena, Elizabeth, Louisa, Louis, Emma, Ana and Lena.
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