George J. Becker was born 22 Feb 1855 in Cincinnati to Bavarian emigrant parents. After his father's death, his mother married Joseph Lehmes of Cairo, bringing the child here. He left school at the age of twelve, going to work for Henry Breihan, a bottler of soda. He rose to become Briehan's bookkeeper and manager, then left his employment to work for Andrew Lohr at a new bottling plant. Becker became vice-president of the Andrew Lohr Bottling Company in 1889, and President upon Mr. Lohr's retirement. Becker greatly expanded and improved the small plant until it spanned an entire city block.1
His motto is said to have been "What is worth doing at all, is worth doing well."