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  • Born: 1 Sep 1864, Brecknock Twp., Lancaster, PA 1 3 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth F. Seibert on 31 Aug 1889 in Lincoln, Lancaster, PA 1 2
  • Died: 28 Nov 1944, S. Lebanon Twp., Lebanon, PA at age 80 3 8
  • Buried: 1 Dec 1944, Schoeneck: Mellingers Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 3 8

   Other names for Benjamin were Benjamin Bicher 7 8 9 10 and Norman H. Bicher.11

   FamilySearch ID: 2X97-2FK.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1870 in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster, PA. 7 The 1870 census recorded Jacob Bicher, farmer, 52, living with wife Sarah, 50; Rebecca, 23; John, 14; Mary, 8; Benjamin, 6; and Jacob , 2. Also living with them is Laura Grist, 2. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office is Bowmansville. His property is valued at $2000.

2. Court: on 2 Apr 1885 in , Lancaster, PA. Jacob Bichers Heirs to Jacob Bichers Exors
Known to all men by these presents, that I Benjamin Bicher of East Earl township Lancaster County and State of Pennsylvania one of the children of Jacob Bicher late of Brecknock township county and state aforesaid deceased do hereby acknowledge that I have this day had and received from John Bicher and George Rupp Executors of the last Will and Testament of the said Jacob Bicher deceased the sum of one hundred one dollars and forty five cents it being the amount distributed to me as my share of the estate of my father the said Jacob Bicher deceased by the Auditors report in consideration whereof I do hereby remise release quit claim and forever discharge the said John Bicher and George Rupp Executors as aforesaid their executors and administrators of and from the said share or shares dividend or dividends aforesaid and of and from all actions suits payments accounts reckonings claims and demands for or by reason thereof and of any other act matter cause or thing from said estate or on account of the administration thereof to the date of these presents. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set any hand and seal this second day of April A. D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty five. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of W. W. Fettter.
Benjamin Bicher (seal).

3. Occupation: farmer on 30 Aug 1889 in Akron, Lancaster, PA. 2

4. Census in 1900 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 1 Benjamin Bicher, born Sep 1863, age 36, is listed as head of the household at 1112 Buttonwood Street in Lebanon that included his wife, Lizzie F. (born Jun 1868); daughter Gertie S. (Oct 1890); and son Blaine S. (Dec 1893). They had been married 10 years and gave birth to three children, two of whom were living in 1900. His occupation is furnace man.

5. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: "Benjamin Biecher, of the Seventh ward, a well known iceman, has announced his candidacy for constable of that ward. He is a Republican and solicits the support of his friends at the coming primery.", 12 Dec 1904, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 12

6. Newspaper: Lebanon Courier: Two Assyrians Arrested, 10 Jul 1907, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 13 Constable Benjamin Biecher, of the Seventh ward, and Constable William H. Mease, of the Third ward, on Thursday morning arrested two Assyrians for peddling in the vicinity of West Lebanon. Both men carried large bundles of notions and other wares and were arrested under the act of 1867, which prohibits peddling in Lebanon and Lycoming counties.
The peddlers were, of course, unaware of the law and were much disturbed in mind over the arrest. The fine provided is $50 to which is added the costs of the arrest and prosecution.

7. Census in 1910 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 14 In the 1910 Census at 510 North 10th Street was recorded the home's owner, Benjamin Biecher, labeler in a box factory, 45, who was married for 20 years and living with wife Lizzie F., 40. She had birthed 3 children, 2 were still alive in 1910. Living in the same house was Walter J. Flucken, 25, and his wife Gertie S., 19, and their daughter Pauline E., 4 months old. Next door is Lizzie's brother, iron worker Daniel B. Seibert, 67, and his second wife, Charlotte, 67. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

8. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Constable Beicher Badkly Injures Hand., 22 Aug 1910, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 15 Constable Benjamin Beicher, of the Seventh ward, is suffering from a bldly affected left hand, which was severely bruised some days ago while he was at work. The injury requires the attention of a physician.

9. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Dick Witters Escapes, 9 Nov 1910, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. ---
Flees From Constanble Beicher Who Was Arresting Him
When constable Benjamin Beicher of the Seventh ward, this morning attempted to arrest "Dick" Witters, of the First ward, on a charge of assault and battery, Witters made a dash for liberty and escaped.
Beicher followed Witters for several squares before giving up the pursuit.
Witters made his get-away on Eighth street and Walnut alley.

10. Residence: on 20 Jan 1911 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 6

11. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: "Must Stop Gambling", 22 Aug 1911, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 16 Crusade Being Waged Against Foreign Element in East Lebanon
City constables have undertaken a crusade to stop gambling on the open lots and commons at East Lebanon. It is said that foreigners and Americans indulge in draw poker and other gambling games on Sundays and on other days also. Constable Benjamin Biecher on Sunday made a trip to East Lebanon and spotted some of the games, with the result that on Monday he went before Alderman R. L. Miller and swore out a warrant for five men, who were arrested the same day by Constable R. Snyder, of the Third ward. The men are held for a hearing.

12. Newspaper: Lebanon Courier: "Former Constable Biecher Absent From Home For Several Days", 12 Dec 1911, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 17 LIVING COST WORRIED HIM
Former Constable Biecher Absent From Home For Several Days
Wife Tells Of Worries
Man Distressed Because of the Cost of Things Absent From Court Where Some Small Funds are Yet Due Him -- Leaves Note.

Former Constable Benjamin Biecher, of 510 North Tenth street, left home on Sunday morning and has not been heard from since then. His term as constable expired on Monday morning. He was expected to appear in court, make his returns, and receive a small amount of money due him, but he did not show up.


For some time past he had been employed by W. B. Eckenroth, the coal dealer, and a note was found in the Eckenroth stables on Sunday stating that he was going away because of financial troubles. It is stated that the "high cost of living" was the subject that preyed on his mind and worried him.


When Mrs. Biecher was seen at her home by a representative of The Report she said that for the past few months Mr. Biecher did not seem to be himself. He very frequently complained of the "high cost of living" and often said that it took all he was able to earn to pay his expenses.


On Saturday evening he received some money in payment of his wages and on Sunday morning his wife asked him to pay several small bills which were then overdue. He said that he did not have the money, collected a number of his belongings and said that he was not able to stand it any longer, that he was going away and not return. He left and has not been heard of since. It is believed that he went to his relatives at Terre Hill, Lancaster County.


Mr. Biecher has a wife and two children, one married daughter living at Reinoehlsville and a son 18 years of age living at home. Blaine, the son, has been in poor health for the past twelve months and most of that time he has been unable to earn any money.

13. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: First Reformed Picnic To Be Held Tomorrow, 22 Jul 1913, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 18 The annual picnic of the First Reformed Sunday school will be held tomorrow at Hershey Park. The main body of picnickers will leave for the park in two special cars, leavining Ninth and Cumberland streets at 8:15 and 8:45 in the morning, over the new Hershey railway. There will be a special basket car stopping at Ninth and Cumberland streets, and at Ninth and Walnut streets, and all provisions will be loaded at either of those two points. Trailers will be attached to the two morning cars to insure ample accomodation for all the people. A special rate of thrity-five centers, round trip, has been secured and tickets will be on sale at Lemberger's drug store, in Market Square, and B. J. Beicher's, Tenth and Walnut streets. The services of Harry Buffamoyer, the magician, have been secured, and he will give an entertainment in the Park Auditorium. In the evening a concert by the Hershey band will be one of the chief features, to be followed by an entertainment for the younger members in the Auditorium.

14. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Benjamin Beicher Severely Shocked, 17 Jul 1914, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 19 ---
Benjamin Beicher, who has a grocery store at Tenth and Walnut streets, with his clerk and a customer were shocked by lightning which followed a telephone wire into the store. Mr. Biecher's arm was marked and for an hour after the clerk felt a tingling sensation in his body.

15. Newspaper: Lebanon Evening Report: Benjamin Biecher Has A Sprained Ankle, 22 Aug 1918, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 20 Benjamin Biecher, employed as a chauffeur with coal dealer A. S. Craumer at the Donaghmore yards is kept to his home at 423 Church street having sprained the instep of his left foot while at work.
Mr. Biecher was descending from a ladder and misjudged the last step when alighting to the ground. Mr. Biecher is a heavy built man and the injury is very painful.

16. Residence: R. L. Polk & Co.'s Lebanon Directory, 1919-1920: Bicher, Benjamin, driver, h. 430 Church, Mrs. Lizzie in 1919 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 21 Bicher, Benjamin, driver, h. 430 Church, Mrs. Lizzie
Biecher, Bejamin P., grocer, 1000 Walnut h. 734 same, Mrs. Lizzie. George R. Helen M.

17. Census in 1920 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 22 At 430 Church Street, Benjamin Bicher, 54, was with wife Lizzie, 52, and mother-in-law Catherine Seibert, 72, widow. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. Benjamin was a truck driver.

18. Newspaper: Lebanon Evening Report: "Benjamin Beicher, a former constable of this city, plans to move from his present home, 430 Church street, next Tuesday, to a Jackson township farm of ten acres, one mile north of Myerstown.", 31 Mar 1923, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 23

19. Newspaper: Lebanon Semi-Weekly News: took Possession of Reinoehlsville Home, 12 Nov 1923, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 24 B. P. Beicher who has been living north of Myerstown in Jackson township on Friday became a resident of Reinoehlsville. He was well known in the Myerstown region, where he conducted a farm. Harvey Steckbeck had charge of transporting the furniture and other belongings.

20. Residence: in 1928 in , Lebanon, PA. 25

21. Census in 1930 in North Lebanon Twp., Lebanon, PA. 11 In the 1930 Census for some reason Benjamin is recorded as Norman H. Bicher, working in foundry, 64, living with wife Lizzie, 61, and son Blaine, 36, laborer in scrap yard. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

22. Residence: on 26 Jan 1940 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 5

23. Residence: in 1944 in Avon, Lebanon, PA. 26

24. Cause of Death: Died at the Lebanon County Home of cerebral hemorrhage due to arteriosclerosis due to hypertension., 28 Nov 1944, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 8

25. Obituary: Daily News: Funeral of Benjamin Bicher on 30 Nov 1944 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 27 BICHER -- In Avon, on the 28th inst., Benjamin Bicher, husband of Lizzie Seibert Bicher, aged 80 years. Funeral on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Risser Funeral Home, 226 Cumberland Street. Service at the funeral home. Interment at Mellinger's Church Cemetery, Lancaster County, Pa. Relatives and friends are invited to attend without further notice. Friends may call Thursday evening, 7 to 9, at the funeral home.

26. Obituary: Lebanon Daily News on 1 Dec 1944 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 26 BURY BENJAMIN BICHER IN LANCASTER COUNTY
Funeral services were conducted at the Risser Funeral Home, 226 Cumberland Street at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon for Benjamin Bicher, late of Avon. The Rev. Norman J. Fake, Pastor of Bethany U. B. Church, officiated. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining Mellinger's Church, Lancaster county. Members of the family functioned as bearers.

Benjamin married Elizabeth F. Seibert, daughter of Harrison Seibert and Catherine Felker, on 31 Aug 1889 in Lincoln, Lancaster, PA.1 2 (Elizabeth F. Seibert was born on 1 Jun 1869 in , Lancaster, PA,1 9 28 died on 5 Nov 1945 in S. Lebanon Twp., Lebanon, PA 28 29 and was buried on 10 Nov 1945 in Schoeneck: Mellingers Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 9 28.)


1 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon City Ward 3, Page 215.

2, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, Benjamin Bicher and Lizzie Seibert, 31 Aug 1889; citing , Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 940785.

3 Find A Grave,

4 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 14 Jul 1909, page 3. Flocken - Bicher.

5 Lancaster Daily Intelligencer (Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania), 27 Jan 1940, page 2. Obituary of Jacob Bicher.

6 Ephrata Review (Ephrata, PA), 20 Jan 1911, page 6. Obituary of Lydia McDennis.

7 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Brecknock Township, Page 26.

8, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 98879. Benjamin Bicher. Father Jacob Bicher. Mother Sarah Kreider.

9, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 95574. Mrs. Lizzie Bicher. Father Harrison Seibert. Mother Catherine Felker. Spouse Benj. Bicher.

10, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 35075. Gertie Seibert Flocken. Father Benjamin Bicher. Mother Lizzie Seibert.

11 1930 United States Census, Blaine H Bicher in household of Norman H Bicher, North Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; citing enumeration district (ED) 0034, sheet 10A, family 234.

12 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 12 Dec 1904, page 1.

13 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 10 Jul 1907, page 7.

14 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon city, Ward 7, Series: T624 Roll: 1362 Page: 253.

15 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 22 Aug 1910, page 1.

16 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 22 Aug 1911, page 3.

17 Lebanon Courier Newspaper (Lebanon Borough, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania), 12 Dec 1911, page 2.

18 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 22 Jul 1913, page 3.

19 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 27 Apr 1914, page 13.

20 Lebanon Evening Report (Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania), 22 Aug 1918, page 4.

21 R. L. Polk & Co. Lebanon Directory 1919-1920 (R. L. Polk & Co., Pittsburgh, PA 1919. 677 p.), Page 72.

22 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Ward 5, Series: T625 Roll: 1587 Page: 211.

23 Lebanon Evening Report (Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania), 31 Mar 1923, page 2.

24 Lebanon Semi-Weekly News (Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.), 12 Nov 1923, page 2.

25 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), May 18, 1928, obituary of John Bicher.

26 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), December 1, 1944, page 26.

27 "The Daily News (Lebanon, PA)," 30 Nov 1944, page 15. Funeral of Benjamin Bicher.

28 Find A Grave,

29 Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania, Death Indices (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA, 16103. Online at .), Death Certificate 95574. Lizzie Bicher.

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