Joseph Becht (April 12, 1830 ‐ May 7, 1876) was owner of Becht & Company, a wine and liquor establishment on the corner of Broadway and 11th Street, and was later county treasurer.

Becht was the second owner of the Oakland Brewery and although the brewery was destroyed in an 1863 fire, Becht rebuilt the plant at the same location. In 1867 Becht sold the brewery to Lawrence Knauer and his son Fred Knauer.

When the Oakland Bank of Savings was established on August 13, 1867, Becht was one of the signatories on the official certificate of incorporation.

Later, Becht was the Alameda County treasurer. 1

In 1869 Becht resided on the south side of 11th Street, between Broadway and Franklin Street. c.1876, the family lived on the southeast corner of 14th and Webster.

Becht was a Royal Arch Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. 2

Death and Burial

Becht died May 7, 1876, at his home. His remains were buried in Mountain View Cemetery. 2 Mary and Louise are also buried there.

Links and References

  1. Death of Treasurer Becht Oakland Tribune May 8, 1876
  2. Joseph Becht on FindAGrave