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Richmond & Arnold
Chicago, Illinois
1904 Chicago: Richmond & Arnold

Page 378


WILLIAM C. BODKA, a leading and well-to-do agriculturist of Macoupin County, Illinois, is engaged in the cultivation of the soil of his handsome farm in section 6, South Palmyra township. He was born in Germany in 1864, and is a son of William and Fredericka (Wagner) Bodka.

William Bodka in the spring of 1881 brought his family to America, locating in Barr township, Macoupin County, Illinois, where he purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural operations. Mr. Bodka and wife were blessed with four children, namely: Betsey, who married John Geerhardt, and now resides at New Berlin, Illinois; Minnie, who married Fred Sonnaborn, and now resides in Barr township, Macoupin County; William C., our subject; and Tena, who married Edward Sherbourn, and resides in Barr township, Macoupin County. Mr. Bodka died in 1882, having reached the age of 55 years. His widow still resides on the homestead farm in Barr township.

William C. Bodka received his education in Germany, and upon coming to America in company with his parents made his home with his uncle, Fred Bodka, in Barr township. Mr. Bodka immediately engaged in the pursuits of agriculture, and for 10 years worked for farmers of the county. He then took a trip to Kansas, and after an absence of one year returned to Barr township and secured employment on a farm for one year. In 1898 he purchased of the sons of Robert Forrester his present farm, and has since been actively engaged in the cultivation of the property. Mr. Bodka is a member of the Republican party, but takes only a good citizen's interest in political affairs.

In 1894, Mr. Bodka was married to Martha Crum, a daughter of William Crum, a prominent farmer of South Palmyra township. They are the parents of two children, namely: Bessie, who was born in the fall of 1900, and Zola, who was born in 1902. Mr. Bodka and family are members of the German Lutheran church.

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