ISAAC C. BICKERSTAFF, of Wellsburg, proprietor of a planing mill, saw mill, and general jobber in wood and iron and pattern making, was born in Beaver county, Penn., March 22, 1847. He is the son of William and Elizabeth (Meanor) Bickerstaff, natives of Pennsylvania, who April 13, 1887, celebrated their golden wedding. They are devout Christian people, who in their days of activity, worked zealously in the cause of religion, and whose good deeds are tenderly remembered. The father was a farmer by occupation and latterly a hotel keeper, but now retired. Of their eight children all are living but the eldest, Samuel, who died about 1881. The subject of this sketch at the age of seventeen years, , became a deck hand on the river, and rose to the position of mate. Subsequently leaving the river he was employed in the machine shop of Robinson, Ray & Co., at Pittsburgh, until 1872, when he came to Wellsburg, and engaged in making patterns for Smith, Moore & Co. After being employed thus six years he started out for himself, and though it was necessary for him to borrow money to establish his plant, he has prospered and is now reckoned among the successful and energetic men of the city. He was married December 3, 1874, to Mrs. Julia Cox, formerly Julia Reeves, of Wellsburg, who died June 15, 1881. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. March 6, 1884, he was married to Blanche Stewart, and they have two children: William H. and Iva B. Mrs. Bickerstaff is a member of the Disciple church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and politically is a democrat.
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