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CG Historical Society publishes book on Becker

The Cottage Grove Historical Society has published a new book on the life and sad death of Lena Flaiskey Becker, known locally as Eva Davenport. Lena’s reputation was that of a local “demimonde” (a Victorian term for prostitute). Genealogist Debra Monsive did extensive research tracking down the events that led to her life in the Grove and into the world’s oldest profession. 

Her death in 1905 was followed by a coroner’s jury. Their final verdict of suicide did not sit well with many in the community who felt she was murdered. Monsive handed . . .