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  • Name Lydon Jay "Jay" Binkelman  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Nickname Jay 
    Born 14 Apr 1880  Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Jay, as we know him, was educated in the Marion schools, finishing up a business course at Racine. Was in business with his father until he sold to L. M. DeVaud & Co. Since then he remained in their emply until six months ago, he accepted a position with a Detroit house as travelling salesman, and two weeks since his family left for Port Huron, Mich. to make their future home. Muriel, the youngest daughter of the family, was born in this village April 14th 1884. She is with her parents in Oshkosh, the life and joy of the household. I have no wish or desire to flatter or give honor or respect where it is not due, but in this case, where I can write from a knowledge of what I am writing about I think it no flattery to say that for a family laboring under the conditions that this one did, all honor is due. That he was willing anxious to undertake any kind of labor to support his family he proved. He taught school at Belle Plaine two terms, cooked in the woods, purchased 10 acres of land on the town and county line road 1 1-2 miles west of the Marion Cemetery, and now owned by Wm. Anelam, moved his family there and was living there when we came in 1875. Here with no team, trying to clear up enough to get in a crop to keep them from starving, with his neighbor Aug. Dieck who had an ox team, they would exchange work, Binkelman driving the oxen, while Dieck with his two sons August and Jule would pile up the logs, fine maple logs worth now 40 dollars per thousand feet. Had to burn them up to make room to grow something to eat. That it was a struggle to live I can well believe. In 1876 he sold his farm to Wm. Anelam and came to the village and lived in a house located where Chas. Wiesman now lives and owned by Mrs. M. Timm. On the site or near it now occupied by Joseph Miller's grocery store, Binkelman and a man named Ritter, started a Hardware Store

      At the time he completed his registration for the draft during World War I, his address was 291 King, Detroit, MI, and he was foreman at Dodge Bros (Badge 52501). He was 5'10', and weighed 165.
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1920 Census
      Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit City, Ward 5
      SD 145 ED 179 Sheet 1B
      291-10-12
      Binkleman, J M W 40 Wisc Wisc Wisc Clerical Auto Factory
      Binkleman, Edna F W 39 Wisc Wisc Wisc
      Binkleman, Robert M W 12 Wisc Wisc Wisc
      Binkleman, Edward M W 12 Wisc Wisc Wisc
      Binkleman, John M W 6 Wisc Wisc Wisc
      Binkleman, Hamilton M W 2 2/12 Mich Wisc Wisc


      1930 Census
      Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit City, Ward 6, Block 47
      Enumerated April 5, 1930
      ED 82-1079 SD 20 Sheet 5A Stamped 185
      Binkelman, Lindon J Head $11,000 R M W 50 M@ 25 Wisc Wisc Wisc Superintendant Auto Factory
      Binkelman, Edna M Wife F W 48 M@23 Wisc Wisc England
      Binkelman, Robert W M W 23 S Wisc Wisc Wisc Credit Clerk Refrigerator Co
      Binkelman, John P M W 15 S Wisc Wisc Wisc
      Binkelman, Jay M W 9 S Mich Wisc Wisc
    Person ID I29877  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father William Richard Clancey Binkelman,   b. 2 Mar 1848, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary Ann Ramsdell,   b. Sep 1849, Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 28 Mar 1871  Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    • There is perhaps no more prominent businessman in the northern part of Waupaca County than Mr. Binkelman. He has been a farmer, schoolteacher, and merchant, and, on his upward to a comfortable competence, he has also engaged in various other vocations. His present mercantile establishment is the largest in the village of Marion. Mr. Binkelman was born in Joliet, ILL, in 1849, son of Leonard and Jane (McCormick) Binkelman, the father a native of Germany, the mother of Irish extraction. Leonard Binkleman was a ship builder by trade, and for many years was a resident of Joliet, removing thence in 1852 to Manitowoc, Wis., where he also followed his trade. Mrs. Binkelman died in 1894, and he now resides with his son, W.R. at Marion. Their children were: W.R., Mary Jane, wife of William Clark, of Manitowoc; Fred, and Emma E., wife of John Bodwin, of East Gibson, Manitowoc County. W.R. Binkelman was reared in Manitowoc, and after leaving the schools there, clerked in a grocery store for some time, after which for about ten years he was engaged in the confectionery business of Manitowoc. In 1872 Mr. Binkelman moved to Shawano County, and there engaged in farming, teaching school and speculating in land for several years, teaching in Grant and Belle Plaine Townships, and also in Dupont Township, Waupaca County. In 1876, he removed to the later township, locating on a tract of land one and a half miles distant from Marion. Three years later he opened a hardware store at Marion, where he has since been continuously in business. There was only one store in the village when he located there, that of McDonald and Ramsdell, a firm that has since gone out of business. The village contained but three houses, Mr. Binkelman erecting the fifth building, but there is now a population of 800, and it is still growing rapidly. He erected his present building, a good two-story frame, in 1881, and carries of full line of hardware and farm machinery, the most valuable stock of goods in Dupont Township. He is a notary public, and for thirteen years, up to January 1, 1895, he was in the insurance business. In earlier life Mr. Binkelman filed cross-cut saws, and adopted various other honest and honorable means of obtaining a start in life, and he began business in Marion with only $350, his present extensive trader testifying to his abundant, perhaps unequalled, success at this point. Mr. Binkelman was married, in 1871, to Miss [Mary] Ann Ramsdell , who was born in Manitowoc Rapids, daughter of Erastus Ramsdell, an early pioneer of Manitowoc country, who subsequently moved to Dupont Township, where he died in 1890. To Mr. and Mrs. Binkelman came 6 children, five of whom are now living: Olla A., Irvine, Luella, Lindon J., and Murrell. Mark died at the age of eight years. In politics Mr. Binkelman is a Republican, and socially he is a charter member of Marion Lodge No. 256, I.O.O.F., in which he has passed all the Chairs, and is now serving as Chaplain. He attends the M.E. Church, and his eldest daughter, Olla A., is Superintendent of Sunday School at the flourishing Church. In January, 1895, Mr. Binkelman was elected Chairman of Dupont Township; he was Clerk of the Courts of Waupaca County from 1884 to 1888; was Postmaster at Marion under President Harrison from 1888 to 1892, resigning in the later year; he was Town Clerk of Dupont for five years; In January, 1895, was appointed chairman of the town board, and, in the spring of that year was elected chairman, receiving 241 votes out of a total of 307, a fact which testifies better than words his popularity. He is well known throughout Waupaca County, and commands the esteem and good fellowship of all who know him.

      From "Commemorative Biological Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano" by Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1895. (Courtesy of Lorraine Smith Benkelman)
    Family ID F9378  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family Edna Marie Cuff,   b. 2 Dec 1881, Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 26 Oct 1904  Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    • Groom's Name: Lyndon J. Binkelman
      Groom's Birth Date:
      Groom's Birthplace: Marion, Wisc.
      Groom's Age:
      Bride's Name: Edna Maria Cuff
      Bride's Birth Date:
      Bride's Birthplace: Hortonia, Wis
      Bride's Age:
      Marriage Date: 26 Oct 1904
      Marriage Place: Hortonia, Outagamie, Wisconsin
      Groom's Father's Name: Wm. R. Binkelman
      Groom's Mother's Name: Mary Rainsdell
      Bride's Father's Name: George A. Cuff
      Bride's Mother's Name: Minnie Patterson
      Groom's Race: White
      Groom's Marital Status:
      Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
      Bride's Race: White
      Bride's Marital Status:
      Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00347-5
      System Origin: Wisconsin-EASy
      Source Film Number: 1266882
      Reference Number: cn 00288
      Collection: Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930
    Children 
     1. Robert William Binkelman,   b. 2 Sep 1907, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George Edward Binkelman,   b. 2 Sep 1907, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1990, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. John P. Binkelman,   b. 14 May 1913, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1992  (Age 78 years)
     4. Hamilton Binkelman,   b. 22 Jan 1918, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 2010, Redford, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     5. Living
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F10547  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Apr 1880 - Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Oct 1904 - Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Binkelman, Lydon Jay Wedding Invitation
    Binkelman, Lydon Jay Wedding Invitation
    Invitation to the wedding of Lydon Jay Binkelman to Edna Cuff, Hortonia, Wisconsin

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