From History of Huntington County, Indiana, 1887
Adam Beck, one of Huntington County's oldest and most highly respected citizens, is a native of Germany, and was born April 16, 1831. He was the youngest of six children born to Jacob and Catharine (Schramm) Beck, both of whom were also natives of Germany. The boyhood of our subject was spent in his native country. He worked upon a farm in summer and attended school in winter, receiving a good common school education. At the age of sixteen death deprived him of his father, and at eighteen, or in 1849, he came with his widowed mother and one brother to America. On reaching this country they continued westward, and on the 11th day of July they found themselves in the village of Huntington, whither Nicholas Beck, an elder brother of our subject, had come in 1847. During the first year of his residence here, he was employed in a stone quarry and otherwise variously engaged. At the age of twenty he began to learn the trade of a wagon maker. This was finished in due time, and was his vocation for about sixteen years. He set up a shop of his own in 1854. In 1866, in connection with Henry Drover and William Bickel, he erected and set in operation a spoke factory, to which his attention was devoted about three years and a half. Mr. Beck then retired from the firm and since that time he has been engaged in the manufacture of lime. For the last seven years he has been connected with the White Lime Association, which he helped to organize in 1879. April 6, 1854, he was married to Mrs. Magdalena Wittmire, who died December 16, 1880. She was the daughter of George Henry and Magdalena Stetzel, and was born in Germany February 6, 1817. She bore to Mr. Beck six children, two of whom died in infancy unnamed. The others are Mattie, Mary M., John A. and Adam. L. The third, John A., died also in infancy. On the 18th day of December, 1884, our subject was married to Mrs. Mary E. Nille whose maiden name was Mary E. Baumgartner. She was born in Adams County, this State, July 28, 1852. She was the daughter of Samuel and Vrena (Walte) Baumgartner, natives of Switzerland. This latter marriage has resulted in the birth of one child, Harmon S., born September 20, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Beck are members of the Evangelical Church. In politics, the former is a Republican. He is an enterprising and successful business man, and an influential, reliable citizen. He began life a poor boy, but through industry, economy and perseverance he has accumulated considerable property and is in good circumstances.