Makers of Fort Worth Page: 15
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W. E. Bideker
ILLIAM E. BIDEKER
has as his hobby, the
conservation of water
F h for Texas; as his business,
he has the
__g preservation of Fort
Worth from fire. As chief of the
best fire department in the Southwest,
he is effectually accomplishing
one of his life objects and on
the other, he is still at work. He
first became Chief of the Fire Department
in 1905 after four years
service as Assistant Chief and has
built up the department in that time - _ '
from one of seven stations and 38
men to one of thirteen stations and
a hundred men. Born in Ohio, of
German and Virginia parentage, he
was reared in West Virginia and secured
his education in the schools
of that state. He married Miss Ella
L. Fahey in West Virginia and has
five living children, two having died.
Those living are Misses Bessie, 17;
Ella, 15; Marguerite, 13; Mazie, 9;
and Frances who is six. He is a
Democrat and a member of the Elks,
Knights of Columbus, Woodmen of
the World, United Benevolent Association,
Red Men and Eagles. He is
a member and subscriber to the
Chamber of Commerce. Under his
leadership, the firemen have subscribed
liberally to such city projects
as the National Feeders and Breeders
Show, the University Fund and the
Exline-Reimers bonus. His father,
H. E. Bideker, was born in Ger- I
many and his mother, Miss M. Win- /
per in Virginia. He was born May
4, 1869 at Wooster, Ohio.
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/16/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.