Place of Birth and age: I was born in Fenton
and am 76 years old.
Resident of : Fenton. I have been a resident taxpayer in town for 57
Occupation: I am a former Tool/die maker and I am still a semi-active independent real
estate agent. I have been a real estate broker since 1966. I served in the U.S. Navy Submarines for two years.
Status: I am a widower. My wife, Marion, died 11 years ago. We were married on June 15, 1946.
Daughter, Sharon Bidelman of Pennsylvania and son, Harry L. Bidelman of Yipsilanti. I have five grandkids and 12 great grandkids.
Pastime: Talking to friends, researching museum archives and sharing talks with old friends and new friends.
Food(s): Whatever my doctor says wont hurt me. Arh-arh!
Prized Possession: My mind and
my health and family things I hope to leave for the next generation to cherish.
What person from
the past made the most significant impact on your life? Many local people and many people of the world who have sets of
values to impart to all of us.
If you could go back in time, where would we find you? Here
in Fenton as it was being explored say, 1834.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Growing
up poor in the Great Depression years. I enjoyed just being a kid, not realizing we did not need everything while we were
young. (Poor mom and dad.)
People always think I'm: funny or foolish. Thanks, both keep you
I wish I could stop: the bad actions of evil people against other people.
you could trade places with someone for 24 hours, who would it be? My sixth great-grandpa, Elias Bytleman (as it was originally
spelled), who came over to Philadelphia on the boat The Thistle from Rotterdam on Aug. 29, 1730. It is said William Penn chartered
this boat. Elias was born in 1706 in Palatine, germany, son of Valentine Bytleman. The family fled from Palatine to Rotterdam.
in my life I'd like to: have done everything, loose ends, done. And travel to all states to visit and talk with my 12
The best time of my life has been: seeing my children born, growing and then
having their own kids.
If I could switch to another occupation, I would: I've been content
with my path of endeavors, some were planned, some I stumbled in and out of.
If I've learned one
thing in life, it's: do your best, like life, leave lots of people who you've tried to help along the way.
words that best describe me are: thankful to be alive, glad to be given integrity, optimism - may I remind you that yesterday
was history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That's why it is called the present. merry Christmas wishes to you