Franz "Francis" M. Bieker

Jackson, Dubois, Indiana, United States

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Franz "Francis" M. Bieker

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Schreibershof, Drolshagen, Westfalen, Germany
Death: November 29, 1912 (89)
Ferdinand, Idaho, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: FERDINAND, ID, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Heinrich Bieker and Anna Catherina Stahl
Husband of Elizabeth Reichert and Maria Sophia Bieker
Father of John A Bieker; Mary A. Bieker; Frank "F. M." M. Bieker; Joseph Henry Bieker; Anthony Bieker and 1 other
Brother of Heinrich Bieker; Anna Maria Sondermann Berghoff; Margarethe Maria Rusche and Angela Regina Bruening

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About Franz "Francis" M. Bieker

Franz M. Bieker was born October 15, 1823 in Schreibershof, a small village with a dozen dwellings and a good school and a water-driven flour mill. Mass was celebrated in the chapel 4 times a year for the benefit of the old and sickly who could not walk to the parish church 2 ½ miles away in Drolshagen. (All travel was on foot those days.) The county seat was Olpe, in the diocese of Paderborn. The family owned about 40 acres of land of which a third was in timber and all was quite hilly and poor soil. Oats was the main crop with potatoes and rye next. It was a good grass country and grass seeded itself. They owned about 10 head of cattle, including one big ox which was used as power for plowing and drawing a cart for hauling. They also raised flax for fiber from which they made their clothes, a few chickens, and two pigs and two sheep made up the rest. Very little fruit was raised but huckleberries were abundant and some pears were raised and also some raspberries. Of the 2 pigs the hams were sold. The rest and perhaps a calf or two was the meat they consumed, usually once a week on Sundays. Taxes were high and had to be paid once a month. They also sold some charcoal which they hauled by ox cart to Olpe and the furnace.

Franz lived in Schreibershof until age 24. He was in the Prussian army 1844-48. As a lower officer, he was home for a few months but was called back to the army again when a revolution had broken out in 1848 in Berlin, Paris and Rome, all on the same day. He was stationed at Metz, the idea being to help the French gov. if necessary. He did not get into any fighting and was sent home 4 months later. In 1848 Franz came to the U.S. accompanied by Tillman, a man whom he had met in the army and who had been here before. They landed in New York and from there went to Philadelphia the next day. There they worked at chopping cord wood for two years in New Jersey, and then my father worked on a farm 6 miles from Philadelphia for 1 year. His oldest sister kept writing him from Indiana to come there, was afraid he would lose his faith. He admitted later that he was careless in going to church those 3 years, but felt bad about it and decided to heed his sister’s advice. His sister lived 8 miles north of Ferdinand and was married in Germany to H. Sonderman. He got a job there in what came later on the Sonderman store in Ferdinand. His work was mostly in the warehouse where they took in and shipped all kinds of farm produce, and he also had to farm about 40 acres of land, and clerk in the store when necessary. He got 9.99 a month, which he had also received on the farm near Philadelphia, but it was twice as much as was paid on farms in Indiana. He saved 3 years, then entered government land, about 180 acres, at 12 ½ cents an acre, seven miles north east of Ferdinand. Most of it was too hilly to farm and so he bought an adjoining 50 acres more after he had settled there, for $2.00 an acre. And so he had a fairly good farm for that section. But all was timbered and had to be cleared.

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Franz "Francis" M. Bieker's Timeline

October 15, 1823
Schreibershof, Drolshagen, Westfalen, Germany
August 28, 1862
Age 38
Dubois, Indiana, USA
October 23, 1864
Age 41
October 21, 1866
Age 43
Dubois, IN, USA
November 15, 1868
Age 45
St Anthony, Dubois, Indiana, United States
Age 51
March 26, 1877
Age 53
Saint Anthony, Dubois, IN, USA
Age 56
Jackson, Dubois, Indiana, United States