Bidleman, Samuel, was born in Herkimer county in 1806, and came to Shelby with his father in 1817. Three years
later he was bound out to learn tanning with Isaac A. Bullard at Ridgeway Corners. Mr. Bullard soon died, and Samuel
carried on the business until 1835, then moved to Gaines, where he bought the historic tannery built by James and
Elihu Mather, which property and its owners were conspicuous figures during the period of Masonic excitement. Mr.
Bidleman operated this tannery alone until 1841, and then formed a five years partnership with Robert Ranney. From
1855 to 1866 Mr. Bidleman and his son Henry, were proprietors but in the latter year Charles Bidleman entered the
firm, and under the style of S. Bidleman & Sons, the business was continued until 1873, when the buildings
were burned. Charles Bidleman took the property in 1873, rebuilt the factory, and continued business until 1883,
then selling out. Subsequently Charles conducted a grocery store at Gaines, but in 1886 sold out and came to Albion.
Later he engaged in the hardware business for a time, but devotes his attention principally to his western investments.
May 17, 1829, Samuel married Eliza Prussia. and they have had six children: Leander, of Gaines; Henry O., who died
in 1877; Eli, of Lansing, Mich.; John, of Albion; Harriet E., wife of Daniel D. Hall, of Lansing, Mich., and Charles,
of Albion. Charles Bidleman married, January 3, 1866, Elizabeth Weaver, of Albion, and they have had five children.
Samuel Bidleman, the pioneer, was a prominent man in Gaines for many years, and was elected to a number of its
principal offices, notably supervisor and justice of the peace.
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Orleans County, NY
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