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William O. Bidleman - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: January 22, 2002 at 14:29:55
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Biographical sketch of WILLIAM O. BIDLEMAN from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 564-565


One of the most enterprising young farmers of Brockaway township is William O. Bidleman, a native of Durham, Ontario, born in 1857 and a son of Lansing and Amarilla (Tucker) Bidleman, of New York. Lansing Bidleman was one of the pioneers of the California gold fields, and in 1851 he returned, locating in Canada. In 1866 he came to St. Clair county and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of the farm now owned by his son, William O. Mr. Bidleman cleared the original tract and did much hard work in developing and improving a farm, and finally succeeded in securing as comfortable and as profitable a homestead as is to be found in the township. Here he passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1893, having survived his wife four years, her death occurring in 1889.

Mr. Bidleman was an active Republican. He never sought an office, but accepted that of pathmaster, inasmuch as he was always interested in good roads. To Lansing Bidleman and wife were born four children, namely: Henrietta is married to Amasa Brown, a farmer; Caroline is the wife of Isaac Mudge, also a farmer; William O., and Henry, a farmer in Brockaway township, who is married to Delphine Semages.

William O. Bidleman married, in 1884, Miss Margaret E. McElroy, a daughter of Thomas and Eleanor (Evans) McElroy, the former of whom was born in Scotland, but early in life settled in Canada. These parents had a family of six children, as follows: Sarah J., Margaret E., Lizzie, Matilda, George and Richard. Thomas McElroy was a well-to-do farmer, and in politics a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Bidleman have seven children, viz: Amarilla, Thomas, Margaret, Ethel S., William, Karl and Merlie.

Mr. Bidleman owns a farm of two hundred acres, three and one-half miles northwest of Yale, nearly all of which he has under cultivation, and besides carries on general farming, growing shorthorn cattle for market. He is an admirer of the equine race and breeds horses, having owned several very fine animals.

Mr. Bidleman is active in the work of the Republican party and is generally sent as a delegate to its various conventions. For several years he filled the office of school treasurer. Mrs. Bidleman is a member of the Methodist Protestant church at Yale. Fraternally Mr. Bidleman is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, also of the Foresters, and of the Woodmen. He is an industrious and intelligent man and is consequently a successful agriculturist.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the BIDLEMAN surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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