Martin Bicking owns and occupies a farm on section 24, Noble township, where he settled in 1877. He is a native of Germany, and was born in that country, on the 24th of April, 1852. His youthful life was spent in a school, and when fifteen years of age, left his native land and came to America, locating in Pennsylvania, and when seventeen years old, he began as a blacksmith, in the village of Hazelton. His first visit to Cass county was in 1875, and staying but a few weeks, he returned to Hazelton, and continued his business until 1877, when he came to his present location. His farm is under a good state of cultivation, has erected a small shop in which he works at his trade at odd times. Mr. Bicking was married in 1877, to Rose Kreitzberg, who was born in Germany, and is the daughter of William and Ann (Scherman) Kreitzberg. They have been blessed with three children -- Willie, George and Mary.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 679.