Henry H. Bicher
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Joseph Spangler
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Morris Henry Bicher
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Morris S. Bicher


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1. Freda E. May

Morris S. Bicher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 28 Sep 1912, Myerstown, Lebanon, PA 1 3
  • Christened: 2 Jan 1913, Myerstown: Myerstown Reformed Church, Lebanon, PA 3
  • Marriage (1): Freda E. May on 27 Apr 1940 in Winchester, Winchester, VA, USA 1
  • Died: 13 Oct 1969, Campbelltown, Lebanon, PA, USA at age 57 9 10
  • Buried: 16 Oct 1969, Stouchsburg: Christ Lutheran Church, Berks, PA 9 11

   Another name for Morris was Morris T. Bicher.9

   FamilySearch ID: 9C6N-59P.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Jackson Twp., Lebanon, PA. 12 Renting at 35 W Maine Ave was Morris H. Bicher, teamster in baker shop, 42; wife Emma, 43; Anna J., laborer in shirt factory, 17; Phyllis M., 15; George M., 13; Henry J., 11; and Morris T., 7. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Residence: Living at home with parents in Myerstown. On 27 Sep 1927 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 4

3. Census in 1930 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 13 The 1930 census recorded at 27 E. Main Avenue: Morris H. Bicher, teamster in brickery, widowed, 56, living with daughter Edna M., laborer in shirt factory, 30; sons George M., clerk textile work, 22; Henry J., truck driver pretzel stick factory, 20; and Morris, 17.

4. Occupation: shirt worker on 27 Apr 1940 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 1

5. Residence: 27 E. Main St., Myerstown, PA on 27 Apr 1940 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 1

6. Census in 1950 in Jackson Twp., Lebanon, PA. 14 The 1950 census recorded Morris S. Bicher, die cutter in shirt factory, 38, living with wife Freda E., 42; Jack M., 16; Glenda E., 7; Glenn M., 5. Also in the home is Freda's mother, Josephine May, 70. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

7. Residence: on 2 Dec 1952 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 15

8. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Bichers Hosts For Family Celebration, 12 Mar 1962, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 16 Mr. and Mrs. Morris Bicher of Myerstown RD 2 were hosts at a family celebration on Sunday at their home. The affair was held to honor four members of the family who had birthday anniversaries in March. The celebrants were Mrs. Arthur Yohn, Douglas Bicher, Miss Marsha Mentzer and Gary Bicher, all of Myerstown.
A large birthday cake was served and the celebrants received gifts and cards.
Attending were Glenn bicher, Mr. and Mrs. Yohn and son Rick, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bicher and sons, Gary, Douglas and Dane.

9. Residence: RD1, Myerstown, PA on 1 Jul 1967 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 8

10. Residence: RD 2, Myerstown, PA on 14 Oct 1967 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 17

11. Cause of Death: Morris died at Camp-A-While from acute left ventricular heart failure, 13 Oct 1969, Campbelltown, Lebanon, PA, USA. 18

12. Occupation: shirt cutter on 13 Oct 1969 in Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 18

13. Obituary: Lebanon Daily News: obituary of Morris Bicher on 14 Oct 1969 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 10 Morris Bicher, 58, Myerstown RD 2, died Monday night in the Camp-a-While Rest Home, Cambelltown.
A member of the Freidens Lutheran Church, Myerstown, he was a son of the late Morris and Emma Bicher.
He is survived by his wife, Freda May, and three children: Jack and Glenn, Myerstown, and Glenda, wife of Arthur Yohn, Myerstown RD 3.
Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Allen Bamberger, Myerstown, and Mrs. Phyllis Barrett, Arcadia Calif; a brother, George, Womelsdorf, and seven grandchildren.

14. Newspaper: Morris was mentioned in an article entitled "Music & Drama That Was" appeared in the Lebanon County Weekender newspaper about the establishment of a music department at the high school., 8 Apr 2000, Myerstown, Lebanon, PA. 19 In 1923 a music department was established in the High School, the same year a school orchestra was started, followed by the Junior and Senior Chorus. Soon plays and operetta came into vogue.

To add to the towns entertainment, a few of the organizations, such as the American Legion and Civic Club, sponsored plays and musicals, hiring experienced directors but using "home talent.

George Bleistein, Rodney Steltz, Clifford Zinn, Morris Bicher and Neal Donley were the male lead actors. The female main characters were Emma Haak, Myrtle Walmer, Kathryn Weist, Ester Larson (music teacher) and Matilda Sando. The plays were performed in the 1930's.

Morris married Freda E. May, daughter of George Adam May Jr. and Josephine Waldfogle, on 27 Apr 1940 in Winchester, Winchester, VA, USA.1 (Freda E. May was born on 3 May 1908 in Juniata, Blair, PA,20 21 died on 5 Dec 1976 in Frystown, Lebanon, PA 5 20 and was buried on 8 Dec 1976 in Stouchsburg: Christ Lutheran Church, Berks, PA 20.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9F-LQ8G Morris S Bicher and Freda May, 27 Apr 1940 citing Winchester, , Virginia, United States, certificate 13759.

2 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

3 Myerstown Reformed Church, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

4 Reading Eagle (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), 27 Sep 1927, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Morris Bicher.

5 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 6 Dec 1976, page 2. Obituary of Freda Bicher.

6 Jesse Ziegler, The Ziegler family records : a complete record of the Ziegler family from our ancestor Philip Ziegler born in Bern, Switzerland in 1734, down to the seventh and eight generations; including also those who are directly descended from the family as far as data could be obtained (Royersford, Pa. : Ziegler, c1906. 118 p. Online https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE927540), Page 468.

7 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 30 Jan 2019, obituary of Glenda E. Yohn.

8 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 1 Jul 1967, page 18. Bicher-Mentzer Wedding Today.

9 Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, Myerstown, Lebanon Co., PA.

10 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 14 Oct 1969, page 2. Obituary of Morris Bicher.

11 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80191015.

12 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Jackson Township, Series: T625 Roll: 1587 Page: 107.

13 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHQX-7HG George M Bicher in household of Morris H Bicher, Myerstown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0030, sheet , family 87.

14 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6X1S-3NGC Morris S Bicher, Jackson Township, Lebanon County PA.

15 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 2 Dec 1952, page 6. Obituary of Morris H. Bicher.

16 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 12 Mar 1962, page 18.

17 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 14 Oct 1967, page 19. Estate distribution of Henry J. Bicher.

18 Ancestry.com, 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.), Certificate 99187 Morris Bicher b. 26 Sep 1910 PA .d. 13 Oct 1969 Campbelltown PA father Morris Bicher mother Emma Spangler spouse Freda May.

19 The Merchandiser (100 East Cumberland Street, Lebanon, Pa. 17042), Online at http://www.themerchandiser.com/coverstory/04-00/04-08-00cs.shtml.

20 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80193083.

21 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGZS-QYC George A May, Juniata Ward 2, Blair, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 74, sheet 38A, family 751, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375330.

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