Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
PHILIP BELLINGER, local manager
of the Wenatchee Produce Company, resides at Mission, Chelan county.
He is a young, energetic citizen, public spirited and popular with all.
He was born at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, November 17, 1867, the son
of Horace and Ella (McDowell) Bellinger. The father is a native of
Ohio. The Bellingers came to the United States at the period of the
Revolutionary war, from Germany. Horace Bellinger enlisted in a three-months
regiment, at the opening of the Civil war, but re-enlisted and served three
years in the Fifth United States Cavalry. He participated in the
battle of Gettysburg, and was with General Phil Sheridan at the time of
the famous ride to Winchester. He now lives at Elmira, Michigan,
with the mother of our subject.
The earlier years of the latter were passed
at Mt. Pleasant, and later he removed to Elmira. At both places
he attended graded schools, and acquired a good, practical education.
On gaining his majority he entered the employment of the Duluth, South
Shore & Atlantic Railway Company, as operator and agent. He remained
with this company until 1899, and then removed to St. Paul, Minnesota,
and was with the Eastern division of the Great Northern railway.
Mr. Bellinger, aside from his other railway experiences, was in charge
of the station at Mission for two years and six months, and on March 10,
1903, he assumed charge of the local office of the Wenatchee Produce Company.
He has three brothers, Nelson, Percival and
Clifton, the two latter school boys, residing with their parents in Michigan.
To Miss Cordelia A. Freer, a native of Richland county, Ohio, Mr. Bellinger
was united in marriage at Mission, Washington, April 21, 1901. Mention
of her father, Ira Freer, appears elsewhere in this work. They have
one boy, Ira R., born September 30, 1902.
The political views of Mr. Bellinger are in
line with the Republican party.