Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
THEODORE BODEAU is a very prosperous
hardware merchant of Govan, Washington. He has a most excellent trade
on account of his industry and uprightness and has the respect of every
citizen in the community.
Theodore Bodeau was born in the Grand Dukedom
of Luremburg, on April 10, 1854, the son of Charles and Mary Bodeau, natives
of Luxemburg. The father was an agriculturist there and a man of
excellent standing. The schools of Luxemburg furnished the educational
training for Theodore and when of the proper age he was apprenticed to
learn the carpenter trade which he followed after that for a number of
years. In 1872, he came to Minnesota, where he engaged in farming.
In 1881, he settled in what is now Lincoln county, being one of the very
first pioneers of that section. He took a preemption and later added
by purchase until he now owns nine hundred acres of excellent wheat land.
This large property makes a handsome income annually. Mr. Bodeau
is one of the wealthy and influential citizens of the county. In
1891, he retired from the farm, rented the same, and moved to Govan where
he established a large hardware store. He has a large and well assorted
stock and does thriving business.
In 1889, Mr. Bodeau married Miss Katherine
Ney, a native of Luxemburg, whose parents dwell now on the farm.
To this union four children have been born, Alfred, Ernest, Blanche, and
Orlando. Although Mr. Bodeau has never attended an English school,
he is very well posted in English literature and is a master of the language.