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April 22, 1817–June 25, 1907
|Mr. Abijah Bickford, one of the oldest citizens of Monticello, died at the home of his sister Mrs. B. B. Ryan, last Monday forenoon, at the age of 90 years, 2 months, 36 days. Mr. Bickford was born in Maine, April 22, 1817. He was one of a family of thirteen children, seven of whom survive, four brothers and three sisters. He was married in Ohio in 1840 to Margaret McCartney, by whom he had six children. He came to Monticello about 1860, and for many years was the proprietor of a feed and livery stable. It was a large building opposite the Tremont house, but was destroyed by fire. He had lived in a retired way during the last ten years of his life, and was not so well known to the younger generation as he was to those who lived in the town twenty-five or thirty years ago. He was a good citizen who always attended strictly to his own affairs. The funeral services were conducted at the home of Mrs. B. B. Ryan this afternoon. Among the relatives present at the funeral were Elijah Bickford of Minburn, Iowa, and Asa Bickford of California, both brothers of the deceased.
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