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Solomon W. and Emma J. (Lewelling) Biddinger, Dan N. and Estella (Felter) Biddinger

, 3 North 44 West

Solomon might be the nephew of Solomon Wesley Biddinger of Decatur County, Indiana.

In 1880 Mitchell County, Kansas, S. S. Biddinger is 59, Jane 53, Mary E. 24, Solomon 22, Daniel N. 19, George B. 17, John 14, and Adda b. 8.

Solomon S. Biddinger born 1820 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, is buried in Pottawatomie County # 71552258, with Jane (Nelson) Biddinger 1827-1899 # 71552257.


Raymond H. Biddinger was born February 11, 1886 in Pottawattomie Kansas to Solomon W. Biddinger and Emma Jane Lewelling.

Emma Lewelling, daughter of Clayton Lewelling and Esther D. Bond, was born July 5, 1864. She married Solomon Biddinger October 15, 1884.

Esther Lewelling died January 28, 1896 in Iowa.

Emma's first husband was Oscar Yale Raines 1861-1883, buried in Fairfield, Iowa # 38606832.
"Oscar ended his life when he came home and found his wife of less than a year with another man. Oscar worked on the railroad."
August 20, 1882 "Oscar Y. Raines suicides by shooting himself in the heart."

In 1900 Norton County, Kansas, Samuel is 41, Emma J. 35, married fifteen years, and Henry R. 14.

August 18, 1911 Wray "S. W. Biddinger of Atwood, Kansas, who moved here last week, going on his place near Bocock's, was in the city after fencing material last Friday. Mr. Biddinger is a stockman."

December 1911 "S. W. Biddinger of Atwood, Kansas arrived Monday with his household effects and will locate on a homestead north of Wray. His family came some time ago."

April 20, 1916 "Miss Emma Ramsire closed a seven months term of school in the Bocock district last Friday, and the patrons of the school turned out en masse and gave the teacher and pupils a surprise. A big basket dinner at noon, and music and an old-fashioned spelling bee in the afternoon was the order of amusement. Mrs. S. W. Biddinger, the oldest person in the gathering, proved the best master of the spelling art, and showed that these latter days are not producing the spellers that our improved system should.
A pleasant day was spent by all present, words expressing entire satisfaction with Miss Ramsire's handling of the school were heard on every side.
Miss Ramsire is one of the graduates of the Yuma County High School of the class of '14. She left a record of the best grade ever made by a student in that school, and a grade which has not since been equalled by any student. She has followed up her good high school record with two years marked success in the teaching profession of this county and we expect that in the future this young lady will make her mark in the educational world in a wider realm than Yuma County and the rural school."

October 12, 1916 "S. W. Biddinger returned Saturday from Kansas City, Missouri, where he had gone with a car of cattle the Saturday before."

December 6, 1917 "Mrs. S. W. Biddinger of west of Wray, is spending this week in town as a guest in the Brown sanitarium, where she is taking the sulphur baths. Mrs. Biddinger has not been well for some time and it is hoped that she will be greatly improved by the baths."

Saul proved up two quarters in 29, 3N 44W in 1918.

In 1920 Yuma County, Saul, 61 born in Ohio, and Emma 55 born in Indiana are living alone.
Next household is Raymond H. Biddinger, 33, Emma 34, William 10, Ray 8, - all born in Kansas. Robert 6 and Mary 2 were born in Colorado.

In 1930 Yuma County, Saul W. is 71, Emma J. 65, and grandson William A. 20.

In 1934 Yuma County, the directory lists Biddinger H. R. f 20-3N-44, and Biddinger W. A.

In 1937 Wray
Biddinger, S. W. - (w) Mrs. S. W. - 443 Blake, Retired. "

Emma # 17005626

Solomon # 17005636


Emma D. Smedley is in Phillips County, Kansas, in 1900, born February 1885 in Kansas. She's one of many kids of widowed Mary Ellen Smedley.
One sister, Grace, married Thomas Crum, and they homesteaded a mile from the Biddingers in Yuma County.

George Henry Smedley 1848-1899 # 69535798 and Mary Ellen (Voyles) Smedley 1855-1910 # 69535833 are buried in Phillips County.

H.R. Biddinger married Emma D. Smedley in Rawlins, County, Kansas on October 28, 1908.

" Dr. L. G. Graves reports the arrival of a baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray BIDDINGER of east Atwood township, born last Friday morning, August 27, '09."

In 1910 Rawlins County, Kansas, Henry R. is farming, 29, with Emma 25 and William A. newborn.

December 14, 1916 "The little two-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Biddinger who reside twelve miles northwest of Wray died Monday morning of spinal menengitis. The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday morning by Rev. D. A. Brown of the Christian church and burial was made in the Grand View cemetery that afternoon. The sympathy of the community goes out to the parents in the loss of their little one."
This is Darwin N. Biddinger 1914-1916 buried in Wray # 17005620.
Henry Raymond Biddinger registered for WWI in Yuma County, born Feb 11, 1886.

In 1920, next to his parents, Raymond H. Biddinger, 33, Emma 34, William 10, Ray 8, - all born in Kansas. Robert 6 and Mary 2 were born in Colorado.

Robert D. Biddinger 1913-1924 is buried in Wray # 17005632.

In 1930 Yuma County, Ray H. is 44, Emma D. 45, Roy O. 18, Myrna E. 12, Betty R. 8, Wynona B. 6, and David G. 4.

Henry R. Biddinger proved up two quarters in sections 17 and 20, 3N 44W in 1918.

In 1934 Yuma County, the directory lists Biddinger H. R. f 20-3N-44.

Emma 1885-1951 is buried in Contra Costa County, California # 137281606.
So is Henry R. 1886-1959 # 137281617.

Muriel Dent married W.A. Biddinger March 3, 1931, recorded in Yuma County.

In 1940 Contra Costa County, California, Raymond is a sweeper for a steamship company, 54, Emma 55, with Betty 18 and David 14.
Her son-in-law Harrison Crum, a trucker for a sugar refinery, 24 and Wynona 16 are with them.

William Adrian Biddinger, born August 27, 1909 in Kansas, died May 12, 1988 in Contra Costa County, California. He's buried in Vallejo 1909-1988, # 110252586, with Muriel D. 1911-1979 # 11252610.

Roy O. Biddinger is a longshoreman in Contra Costa County in 1940, 28, with Katherine T. 25 born in Louisiana. Stephen 2 was born in California.

"Memorial services for Roy Biddinger, 87, of Rodeo, Calif., will be held there in January.
He died July 3, 1998 at the hospital in Concord, California.
Born July 3, 1911 in Atwood, Kansas to Raymond and Emma Smeadly Biddinger, he lived most of his life in Rodeo, coming from Wray, Colo. He was a retired superintendent for Matson Terminals in San Francisco and member of the International Longshoremen's Assn.
Biddinger was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine in 1994, four brothers, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include son, Steven of Fallon; daughter Gail Biddinger of Reno; five grandcchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Inurnment arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Kratzer-Crockett Funeral Homee in Crockett, Calif.

Myrna E. Biddinger, 16, married Earl M. Wages on June 24, 1933 in Holyoke, Colorado.
They're in Larimer County, Colorado in 1940, Earl 28, Myrna 23, and Ronald E. 3.

Myrna E. Wages 1917-2005 is buried in Concord, California # 85311337, with Earl Midas Wages 1911-1984.

Betty Ruth Kirby, born Feb 23, 1922, died September 17, 2013.

Betty Ruth Biddinger Kirby, an active member of the Burlington community for many years, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at age 91.
Born on February 23, 1922 on a farm northwest of Wray, Colorado, Betty was the sixth child of Emma and Raymond Biddinger's eight children. She was thirteen years old when the Dust Bowl devastated their farm and prompted them to move to California where her two oldest brothers had moved to work at the C & H Sugar Factory in Crocket, California. She graduated John Swett High School in Crocket.
She returned to Wray, Colorado in 1942 to help care for her ailing grandmother. It was during this time that Rosalie Kirby Felzien introduced Betty to her brother, Edward Eugene (Gene) Kirby. When Gene spotted Betty prior to their introduction, Gene claimed, "I'm going to marry that woman."
Betty returned to California after their meeting and Gene eventually followed her there. They married July 31, 1943 in the chapel at Camp Beale in Marysville, California, after he was drafted into the military to fight World War II. They moved to Camp Bowie in Texas, but prior to Gene's deployment to fight the war in Europe in 1944, he moved Betty back to Rodeo in the San Francisco Bay area to be near her family while he was away but while Carolyn was on her way. Betty gave birth to Carolyn in Oakland, California.
After Gene was discharged from the Army in 1946, they moved back to Burlington where she eventually gave birth to Clifford, Shirley, and Charlene. Betty and Gene became active members of the Nazarene Church in Burlington, and she worked a number of miscellaneous jobs around town. They moved to Pasadena, California in 1965 where she and Gene worked at Pasadena College, the Christian college Cliff was attending at the time. Betty eventually left the College to work as a nurse's assistant in a convalescent hospital. In 1973 she returned to work for Pasadena College so that she could help Gene and a cadre of others move the College to San Diego. She and Gene worked together at the newly named Point Loma College until their final return to Burlington in 1978.
Burlington was truly Betty's home, but she loved to "get up and go," and the "get up and go" in her led her to California to be with family and friends countless times, to Mexico, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, on a cruise to Alaska, where she danced the hula, and on a cruise to the Bahamas.
She loved God and God's creation demonstrated, in part, by her desire to be with other people, to participate in community events, and to volunteer. She and Gene helped deliver meals, she served on the VFW Women's Auxiliary Board, Mc Arthur Senior Center Board, sewed quilts at the Senior Center, read to residents at the Legacy, facilitated Bingo at Grace Manor, and more. She made a quilt for each of her own children and embroidered quilt squares for each grandchild and great-grandchild. She had a penchant for playing card and board games and an uncanny way of emerging as the winner—no matter what game or with whom. She found delight in teasing others, telling jokes, and pulling pranks. She enjoyed life.
She is preceded in death by her husband Gene and her daughter, Shirley. She is survived by one sister, Wynona Crum, who lives in Vallejo, California; her oldest daughter, Carolyn Brazda, of Goodland, Kansas; her son, Cliff Kirby, currently in Honduras; her youngest daughter, Charlene Pate, of San Diego, California; ten grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren; Gene's sisters Rosalie Felzien and Irene Kruger.

David Gale Biddinger was born August 25, 1925 in Yuma County, dying in Wahkaikum, Washington on September 11, 1996.
One record has his spouse as Joyce, living in Ilwaco, Washington.
They were in San Mateo California in 1969.

"Wynona Belle Crum, 92, a native of Colorado, (February 15, 1924-February 15, 2016) who was a Rio Vista resident for the last 3 years, died Monday, February 15th at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Sacramento of a short illness. Wynona was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison. She is survived by her two sons, Allen (Jan) of Rodeo, Greg (Joanne) of Rio Vista, and a daughter Janice of Wilmington, CA, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Hosselkus Chapel, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 12 in Crockett, CA. There will be a gathering at St. Mark's Hall following the service. "


D.N. Biddinger, 25, married Estella Fetter on May 23, 1887 in Pottawatomie County.

Estella was in Hannibal, Missouri in 1880, 12, with Philip Fetter 49 and Sarah E. 37.
Philip 1849-1915 # 62160725 and Mary J. (Graves) Fetter 1859-1930 # 62160773 are buried in Linn County, Missouri.

Mary might be a second wife....
Sarah Felter, 43 born in Missouri to Aaron K. Chambers and Mary E. Allen, married William L. Chambers on July 24, 1885 in Floyd County, Iowa.

In 1895 Pottawatomie County, Kansas, Dan H. Biddinger is 32, with Estella 26. Solomon is 74 born in Pennsylvania, Jane 67 Ohio, >

In 1900 Pottawatomie County, Kansas, Daniel born Sept 1861 in Ohio, married 13 years to Estella July 1868 Missouri, have had no kids.

In 1910 Pottawatomie County, Daniel is farming, 48, Estella M. 41, and nephew Charles R. Homer 35 is with them.
In 1930 Dan 67 and Estella M. 62 are living on Blake Street in Wray, Colorado

In 1934 Yuma County, the directory lists Biddinger D. N. 25-2N-43

In 1937 Wray
" Biddinger, D. W. - 311 Blake, Retired, Ph. 207.

Estella Matilda Biddinger 1868-1932 is buried in Pottawatomie County, Kansas # 35060184.
So is Daniel 1861-1946 # 35060183.

Daniel's nephew Charles R. Hommer 1874-1956 is buried in Beloit, Kansas # 697033169>

Jacque Paula Tiller. Born, 24 Jul 1946. She married Joseph Maurice Birnhard Biddinger. He was b. 9 Dec 1945. Dean Jackson Tiller and Jacque, along with their spouses were killed in Park Co., WY on 22 Aug 1970. Both bur. Littleton, Arapahoe Co., Colorado.

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