Viewing William W. Rossman (1829-1906).
In late 1870, forty-one year old William Becker moved with his family to Becker County, staked out a homestead near Detroit, the county seat, and hung his shingle. The next year he was made Justice of the Peace, and was known thereafter as "Judge" or "Squire." He served in that post for the next three decades, during which he also held a host of other city and county offices. The Judge died on July 6, 1906, at age seventy-six. Several days later, the local newspaper carried his obituary.