Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
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WESLEY C. SIDMAN. Worry comes from failure to think properly, so we are commanded to consider, be still and know, and to remember that we live and move and have our being, in the same universal spirit which has expressed itself in all the wonders of the material universe. Even a flower is the unfolding of a vast divine plan. We are, therefore, not to worry about our life, but to take up our duties from day to day, as we know and understand the right and--wait. The long and honorable life of Wesley C. Sidman, now living in retirement in Springfield, in the fullness of his four score years has lived along such a plan, for he knew from the start that the best he could do was to work industriously, live nobly, and, therefore, worry has had little place in his nature.
Mr. Sidman was born near Syracuse, New York, September 11, 1834. He is a son of John B. and Mary (Ouick) Sidman, both natives of the state of New York, where they were reared and received limited educations, and here they were married. They were living in Ohio at the time of the father's death, and the mother died in Jasper county, Missouri, a few years after moving there from the East. They were the parents of seven children.
Wesley C. Sidman grew to manhood in Athens county, Ohio, and there received a common school education. In his youth he learned the carpenter's and cabinet maker's trade, at which he became quite expert, and followed the same throughout his active career. He remained in Ohio until 1888, when he came to Springfield, Missouri, and here he worked for the St. Louis & Francisco Railroad Company for a period of six years, in the coach department of the North Side shops, giving satisfaction in every respect. He then continued his trade, working for public schools until he retired from active life some six years ago.
Mr. Sidman was married September 9, 1858, to Mary R. Rose, who was born near Zanesville, Perry county, Ohio,. where she grew to womanhood and received her education in the public schools. She proved to be a most faithful helpmate and was a kind and generous hearted woman, who left behind a host of good friends when she passed to her eternal rest in September, 1908.
Seven, children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sidman, namely: William. D., a Methodist minister, living in Springfield, is represented in a separate sketch in this volume; John W. lives in St. Louis, Robert R. died on November 20, 1903; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hamilton lives in Carterville, Missouri; Mrs. Delia Jones resides in Springfield; Mrs. Captolia Irving lives in St. Louis; Bessie M. has remained at home with her father.
Politically, Mr. Sidman is a Republican. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic by virtue of the fact that he served four years in the Federal army, having enlisted in 1861 in Athens county, Ohio, in Company H, Eighteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and he saw much hard service with the army in the South, taking part in numerous engagements and fighting gallantly for his country. He was honorably discharged in Vinton county, Ohio, on September 24, 1865. Religiously, he is a member of the Benton Avenue Methodist Episcopal church.
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