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Chris C. Biddenstadt 1861 - 1916


Posted By: STurner (email)
Date: 7/7/2018 at 15:31:47

The Daily Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa
Jan. 6 1916



Long Time Resident of Keokuk, Succumbed to Concussion of the
Brain, Resulting From Recent Fall.




In Barber Business for Over Thirty Years - Was born at Franklin,
Iowa, in 1861.


Chris C. Biddenstadt, a resident of Keokuk for over fifty years, and one of the city's most highly esteemed citizens, passed away at the family home, 2023 Exchange street, at 6:50 o'clock this morning, from concussion of the brain, resulting from a recent fall.

Mr. Biddenstadt had been in the barber business here for thirty-four years, having opened a shop in the year 1882, and he possessed a large circle of friends who have been sincerely grieved at the news of his death. Mr. Biddenstadt's many fine qualities won him the esteem and respect of all with whom he came into contact during the many years he was in business here.

The accident that was responsible for his death occurred a week ago. The decedent slipped on the icy pavement between Main and Blondeau on Eleventh street, and fell, striking the back of his head. At times since then he was apparently rallying from this injury, but last night he began to sink and shortly before 7:00 o'clock this morning passed peacefully away. The fall had caused concussion of the brain.

The decedent was born in Franklin, Iowa, on October 3, 1861. His parents moved to Keokuk when he was a baby and it was here he grew to manhood and entered business. After receiving his education in the local schools he opened a tonsorial shop in 1882 and had been in business ever since. His place of business for many years was at 1022 Main Street.

Mr. Biddenstadt was married to Miss Caroline Markie on January 18, 1883, in Keokuk. She survives with five children. They are Ernest Biddenstadt, Walter Biddenstadt, Lester Biddenstadt, Clifford Biddenstadt and Hilda Biddenstadt, all of whom reside in Keokuk. The aged mother of the decedent, Mrs. Caroline Biddenstadt, survives, and also two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Henry Reichman, Mrs. Bird Kellogg and Julius Biddenstadt, of Keokuk.

Mr. Biddenstadt was a charter member of the local organization of Modern Woodman of America, being on the roster of this fraternal society for twenty-six years. He was also a member of St. Paul's German Evangelical church.

The decedent was of a kindly and generous disposition and he never turned aside a plea for help. He was a home loving man and a good father and husband. His generous nature and sterling traits of character made him popular with a large circle of friends.


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