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Bidwell, Charles Calvin – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon In Union, Oregon, Nov. 25, 1915, Charles Calvin Bidwell, aged 89 years, 9 months and 5 days. The deceased was born at Verona, New York, Feb 20., 1827. In early manhood he went to Illinois and from there to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, at which place he was married Sept, 5, 1858, to Mary A. Gilbert. To them were born five children, three boys and two girls. The oldest, Geneveive, died at four years of age. Later he moved to Minnesota and took up a homestead. When the civil war broke out he enlisted at Fort Snelling, in the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Co. G. After the war he moved to Missouri, and came to Union, Oregon, in 1887, where he lived at the time of his death. Mr. Bidwell was member of the G.A.R. and the M. E. Church. He is survived by a wife and four children, namely: Frank Bidwell of Union, Chester Bidwell, of Island City; Homer Bidwell of North Powder, and Mrs. Emma Clark of Union. Contributed by: Larry...

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Bidwell, Mary A. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Died-At North Powder, Oregon, Tuesday, August 30, 1921, Mary A. Bidwell, age 82 years and 5 months. The funeral took place from the M. E. Church, Union, Oregon, Thursday, September 1, at 2 p.m. Mary Ann Gilbert was born March 31, 1839, at Spencer, New York. When but a small child she moved with her parents to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she lived till she reached womanhood. On September 5, 1859, she was united in marriage to Charles C. Bidwell who passed away November 25, 1915. To this union were born five children, four of whom survive her. They are Chester, of Island City; Frank A., Homer C., and Mrs. Emma Clark, of North Powder, Oregon. The family moved to Missouri and after several years residence there they came to Union, Oregon, where she lived continuously until in June, when, with her daughter, moved to North Powder to be near the sons living there. In early life she united with the Methodist church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. She was a member of Preston W. R. C. No. 22. She was a kind and devoted mother, a good friend and neighbor and to know her was to live her. She had been ill for over six years and was a great sufferer, and death came as a relief....

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Biography of Chester C. Shelden

Chester C. Shelden has followed in the profession which his father, the late Alvah Shelden, did much to dignify and honor, and is now proprietor and editor of the Walnut Valley Times at El Dorado, his father’s old paper. The late Alvah Shelden was for thirty years owner and editor of the Walnut Valley Times. He was born at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, January 13, 1849, a son of Benjamin and Louisa (Vaught) Shelden, the former of German and the latter of Dutch ancestry. When Alvah was three years old his parents removed to Little Rock, Arkansas, and a year or so later to Helena in Karnes County, Texas. Benjamin Shelden was shot and killed in 1859 in his own door yard by a Southern sympathizer because of Mr. Shelden’s fearless and outspoken anti-slavery sentiments. Martin Vaught, the brother of Mrs. Benjamin Shelden, then living in Jefferson County, Kansas, started at once for Texas to bring back his widowed sister and her five children. He made the journey on horseback, starting early in October, 1859, and made the trip in thirty-five days. After settling up the affairs of his brother-in-law, he started for Kansas in May, 1860, in a covered wagon drawn by five yoke of oxen. Fifty head of cattle and eight horses were also driven along, and the trip to Kansas consumed six weeks. There were adventures...

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