William M. Beicher
Mary E. Schoffstall
John Ritt
(Abt 1834-)
Mary Isabell Walker
Edwin Samuel Bicher
Sarah Ann Ritt
John Edwin Bicher


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1. Lillian Elisa C. M. Thiele

John Edwin Bicher 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 12 May 1882, , , OH 1 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Lillian Elisa C. M. Thiele
  • Died: 26 Sep 1913, Bellefontaine, Logan, OH at age 31 1 2 3 6 8
  • Buried: 29 Sep 1913, Cincinnati: Vine Street Hill Cemetery, Hamilton, OH 3 6

   FamilySearch ID: L61K-ZSZ.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Carthage, Hamilton, OH. 7 The 1900 census recorded owning the home at 129 Second Street: Edwin Bichus [sic], traveling salesman, 42, born May 1858, living with wife Sarah, 42, Apr 1858. They were married for 19 years and she birthed 5 children, all alive in 1900. Living with them were: son John, clerk hardware,18, May 1882; son Earl, 13, Feb 1887; son Roy, 8, Oct 1891; son Herbert, 6, Jan 1894; and daughter Isabel, 4, May 1896. Also in their home was mother-in-law Mary Ritt, widow, 64, Jun 1835, who was married 46 years ago and had birthed 2 children; and brother-in-law Warren Ritt, painter, 45, Oct 1854. Everyone and their parents were born in Ohio except Edwin's and Mary's fathers in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1910 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH. 9 The 1910 census recorded renting at 2913 Jefferson Avenue: John E. Bicher, 28, living with wife Lillian, 28. They were born in Ohio as were John's parents. Lillian's parents were born in Germany. They were married for 3 years and had no children.

3. Newspaper: Daily Times: Bridge Out; Autoist Drowns, 27 Sep 1913, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, OH. 8 Bellefontaine, O., Sept. 27. -- A bridge, out since the March flood, unprotected by lights and unbarricaded since cattle knocked down the fence a few days ago, received an automobile containing three citizens of Middletown, O., near Bellefontaine, resulting in the death of J. E. Bicher, aged thirty-eight, a merchant, and the serious injury of George Mantz, a mail carrier. Bicher was drowned in two feet of water, held down by the automobile. Mantz has a fracture of the skull, four ribs and the collarbone broken and probably will die. D. M. Adams, a merchant, also of Middletown, owner and driver, escaped practically unhurt.

4. Obituary: Cincinnati Enquirer: Deaths: John E. Bicher on 28 Sep 1913 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH. 3 Deaths. Bicher--John E. Bicher, beloved husband of Lillian E. Bicher (nee Thiele). Suddenly, Friday, September 26, in his 32d year. Funeral from residence of his parents, 223 W. Second, at Carthage, Monday, September 29, at 1 p. m. Interment at Vine Street Cemetery. Friends invited.

5. Newspaper: Butler County Democrat: John E. Bicher Dead; Middletown News., 2 Oct 1913, Hamilton, Butler, OH. 10
It was John E. Bicher, 38, proprietor of the variety store at 214 Malvern avenue and not George Mantz, the mail carrier of 908 East Third street who was killed in the automobile accident near Bellefontaine Friday morning. Mr. Mantz, however, is suffering from a fracture of the skull, a broken collar bone and two broken ribs and is in a serious condition. D. M. Adams of 1039 Supering street was also injured.
According to a dispatch from Bellefontaine the party was motoring in Indian lake when they drove through an open bridge.
Bicher was caught under the machine and drowned. Mantz was also pinned under the heavy machine but was released by Adams. Adams was thrown clear of the machine.
Running at a high rate of speed shortly before 4 o'clock Friday morning and without a single warning, the machine tore through a rudely constructed fence and into the river.
No warning lights were out at the bridge, and Adams, who was driving the car, did not see the fence built across the pike as a protection until they were upon it.
A crash followed. All was darkness. The machine crashed through the open space, turned over and fell into the water. Bicher was held down in two feet of water by the weight of the heavy auto, and drowned.
Adams, who is thought to be internally injured, worked with all the strength left to remove the heavy machine from Bicher's body, but could not. He carried Mantz to a dry spot on the bank and, after walking a long distance, reached a farm house.
Adams and Bicher were carried to the farm house, which is about five miles from Bellefontaine. A call was sent to this city for medical aid, and Dr.s Hagner and Henning responded. Bicher was pronounced dead and was removed to the undertaking parlors of Lenard & Wichwoltz.
It was found that Mantz was suffering from a fractured skull, broken collar bone and two broken ribs. The physicians hold no hope for his recovery.
Bicher, Mantz and Adams departed from the city Thursday night at 4 o'clock for Indian lake park to fish and hunt. They intended to go direct to the lake and expected to reach their destination at daybreak.
News of the accident reached Middletown Friday morning. Mrs. Lillian Bicher was notified of her husband's death by Roy Bicher, his brother, who is employed at the store.
Mrs. Mantz was in Cincinnati at the time, visiting relatives. She received news of the accident and immediately left for Bellefontaine.
Mantz has been connected with the local post office for the past twenty three years. He was formerly employed as printer at the Journal. He was well known in this city, having lived here during his entire life.
As Mantz was on his vacation, the three men decided Thursday to make a trip to Indian lake to fish and hunt. With them they took fishing tackle and guns, fully intending to stay until late Sunday night.
Bicher is survived by a widow, Mrs. Lillian Bicher, and two brothers, Roy Bicher employed at the store, and Earl Bicher, of Hamilton. The remains will be brought to Middletown by relatives.
Adams' condition is more serious that at first reported. It was announced that he will be removed to his home in this city.

John married Lillian Elisa C. M. Thiele, daughter of John Henry Thiele Jr. and Hermina Schneidthorst. (Lillian Elisa C. M. Thiele was born on 5 Feb 1880 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH,11 died on 9 Jan 1927 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH 5 12 13 and was buried on 12 Jan 1927 in Cincinnati: Vine Street Hill Cemetery, Hamilton, OH 4 13.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6DC-62T death record for John Edwin Bicher, 1913.

2 Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), 28 Sep 1913, page 5. Deaths. John E. Bicher.

3 Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), 28 Sep 1913, page 5. Death of John E. Bicher.

4 Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), 11 Jan 1927, page 19. Obituary of Lillian E. Bicher.

5 FamilySearch.org, Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, Lillian E. Bicher, b. 5 Feb 1883, d. 9 Jan 1927, father John H. Thiele, mother Hermina Schneidthorst, informant son Harry Thiele.

6 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115259153.

7 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MM8L-47W), Herbert Bichus in household of Edwin Bichus, Millcreek Township, West Carthage Precinct Carthage village (part), Hamilton, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 7A, family 135, NARA microfilm T623.

8 The Daily Times (New Philadelphia, Ohio) (New Philadelphia, Tuscawarus, Ohio), 27 Sep 1913, page 5. Death of J. E. Bicher in auto accident.

9 1910 United States Census, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLNP-Z6R John E Bicher, Cincinnati Ward 12, Hamilton, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 143, sheet 4A, family 73.

10 "Butler County Democrat (Hamilton, OH)," 2 Oct 1913, page 8. John E. Bicher Dead.

11 1880 United States Census, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8MT-414 Henry Thiele, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio.

12 Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), 11 Jan 1927, page 19. Obituaryof Lillian E. Bicher.

13 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115259154.

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