Bedenkapp, W. J., was born in the town of Porter, Niagara county, July 23, 1855, a son of John and Eliza (Ubidike) Bedenkapp. His first employment was railroading and he was connected with the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad for four and a half years; he then clerked for some time in the store of John Fleming at Lewiston. In June, 1881, he began to buy fruit and has been a fruit dealer ever since; he owns the cold storage building in Lewiston and is also interested in fruit growing. Since 1888 he has been active in politics and public affairs; he was deputy collector of customs at Lewiston for five years, trustee of the village for two years and was elected president of the village in 1896, and re-elected in the spring of1897. In April, 1896, Mr. Bedenkapp was appointed special agent for the State Commission of Lunacy, most particularly in connection with the Buffalo State Hospital, his work extending over the counties of Niagara, Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming, but also including some of the territory of Willard Hospital. Previous to receiving this appointment Mr. Bedenkapp had been special messenger for the Hon. T. Elsworth at Albany. December 7. 1882, he married Sarah J. Brown, and their children are Sadie E., Maud M., Glenn Ray and Mabel Frances. Mr. Bedenkapp has lived in Lewiston since he was nine years of age and is universally recognized as one of the town's most enterprising and progressive men. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. and also of the Odd Fellows and has been through all the chairs in both societies.
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