One Township's Yesterdays Chapter XXVIII
VALENTINE and VOLPRACIA (KLEIN) LIDECKER left their native Germany and came to America in 1853, and after spending one year in
Coshocton County, Ohio, came to Marshall County, where they resided the rest of their lives.
Mr. LIDECKER was a man of limited means when he first came to Union Township, but by thrift and industry succeeded in accumulating a
comfortable competence. He and his wife were consistent members of the German Reformed Church, and had a wide circle of friends in
Union, West and adjacent counties. "Mr. LIDECKER died in 1879.
One of the five children, Valentine A., was born in Germany, December 8, 1848, and came to Marshall County when but five years of age.
He grew to manhood on the farm, attending the country schools at intervals, and began life for himself with a limited supply of this
world's goods. But he worked hard and economized and in time was comfortably fixed, owning 340 acres of valuable land, a greater part
of which was well improved.
Prior to 1880, the Valentine LIDECKER lands in Union Township were in the far northeastern corner, in the lower part of the old
Menominee Indian Reserve. There were 155 acres in Section 36, and westward in Section 35, a plot of 68 acres and another of 19 1/2
VALENTINE A. LIDECKER first married EMMA A. YORK, daughter of GEORGE YORK, of Union Township, She died in 1872, and in 1875 he