J. WALTER BIDDLE, residing on his well improved farm of 100 acres, situated in Mahoning Township, is a successful
farmer and respected citizen. He was born in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1863,
and is a son of Arney and Mary (Johnson) Biddle.
The late Arney Biddle was a well known citizen of this section of Lawrence County, and through life he was more
or less identified with public life, serving as postmaster at Edenburg and in other offices in Mahoning Township.
He died in April, 1891, at New Castle. He was an advocate of temperance, and while a member of the Republican party,
acknowledged many of the claims of the Prohibition party. He was a member of the Edenburg Methodist Episcopal Church,
as was also his wife.
J. Walter Biddle was reared on the farm he now owns and occupies and farming has been his main occupation since
he ceased attending school. On February 26, 1885, hem was married to Elizabeth Cover, who was born in Franklin
County, Pennsylvania, and they have three children: J. Howard, Jessie M. and Raymond. The parents of Mrs. Biddle
were John and Cordelia (Smith) Cover, and their surviving children are: Marietta G., wife of Joseph Andrew, residing
at San Antonio, Tex.; John B., residing near San Antonio; William; Emma J., wife of Orrin Corn, residing near San
Antonio; and Mrs. Biddle. In her childhood, the parents of Mrs. Biddle moved from Franklin to Crawford County,
Pennsylvania, where the mother died. The father died in Texas. Mr. Biddle is one of the three survivors of his
parents' family, his two sisters being: Duretta, who is the wife of Z. Callahan, of Damascus, Ohio; and Nancy W.,
who is the wife of J. A. Shiner; of New Castle. Mr. Biddle is a Republican in his political views, but is not an
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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