- Born: 22 Mar 1888, New York, New York, New York, United States 1
- Christened: 10 Jul 1888, New York, New York, New York, United States 1
- Marriage (1): Faye W. Orphal on 21 Oct 1910 in Grand Rapids, Wood, Wisconsin, United States 1
- Died: 07 Jul 1987, Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States at age 99 1
Another name for William was Bailey.1
William Diedrich was born in New York, New York on March 22, 1888. He was taken to the New York Foundling Hospital at the age of 2 weeks by his mother, Annie Williams. At the age of 4 years old he rode the orphan train from New York to Wisconsin. William was adopted by Peter and Philippina Diedrich. William was raised in the Little Chute-Grand Rapids area. William was their only child.
William attended schools in Wisconsin, later he had a paper route (The Milwaukee Central, Free Press, Inner Ocean, Record Herald and the Chicago American). William owned his own feed store, grinding feed for the farmers. He owned his own horse and buggy. Later working for the Dan Arpin Lumber Company. His pay was $50.00 a month. Also, he was a chauffeur for Mr. Tom Nash. During the worlds fair in 1907 William worked for the Coty Detective Agency in Seattle, Washington for 18 months.
Moving back to Wisconsin, William meet Faye Orphal and was married on Oct 21, 1910 in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, Wood County, where they lived for eleven years. In 1921 William and Faye Diedrich moved from Wisconsin to Washington State with their family, William Louis, Guy Charles, Donald Thomas, Harold Robert, and Margy. Later Betty Jane, Jack Arthur, Patricia Ann, Mary Lou, Jimmy Earl, and Franklin Delano Diedrich were born. William and Faye owned and operated a grocery store at 1711 McDougal Ave, Everett, Washington. Later sold their grocery store and moved to 2913 Hewitt Ave, Everett where they opened up a stove and repair shop, "Stovies Stove Shop" until his retirement; staying home taking care of his wife until her death. William lived in the house untill is death. He celebrated his 95th birthday in March 1971. William passed away on Jan 07, 1987, never knowing his birth parents.
We don't know much about William's birth parents. His birth certificate says, his mother was Annie Williams from Canada, and his father William Bailey, from New York. William's birth certificate says that parents were married and there was a child born to them prior to William's birth. 1
Father Theodore Joseph Knegtel was the Catholic Priest who took William to Wisconsin. Father Knegtel was born in Tilburg, Holland, Aug 13, 1845. He studied the classics and theology in seminaries in his native land. Ordained in Holland by Bishop J.P. Deppen in May, 1872. He served as chaplain in several assignments in his native land until his departure for America in 1882. Received into the Diocese of Green Bay, and assigned to the pastorate of Holy Martyrs of Gorum congregation at Preble, Oct 26, 1881. He Transferred to the parish at little Chute on Jan 21, 1890 He labored for 25 years until his death on June 15, 1915. He was credited with having completed the church at Preble and with having added major improvements at Little Chute (new sanctuary and sacristies, stained glass windows, tower clock and bell, etc).
Noted events in his life were:
• Certification: Birth; State of New York, County of New York, No. 9435, 22 Mar 1888, New York, New York, New York, United States. 1
• He was baptized New York Foundling Home on 10 Jul 1888 in New York, New York, New York, United States. 1
Letter dated 2/10/1941
WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
This is to certify that, according to the records of the New York Foundling Hospital, William Bailey was admitted to this Institution on 4/5/1888, when it was stated that he was 2 weeks old. On 7/10/1888, he was baptized in our Chapel by the Rev. J.E. Kernan, O.P.
In October of 1892, William Bailey was placed by this Institution in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Peter Diedrich, of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, and he has since that time been known as William Diedrich.
Sister M. Liguori, Director
Placing Out Department.
• He traveled at the age of 4 years old when he rode the orphan train from New York to Wisconsin in 1892 in New York, New York, New York, United States. 1
• William Diedrich was an individual of interest in an article published in the Appleton Post, the newspaper of record for the Court of Outagamie County, on 22 Jul 1897 in Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States. 2
[First Publication July 22, 1897]
[and each Monday for three weeks]
STATE OF WISCONSIN--COUNTY COURT,
for Outagamie County--In Probate
Notice is hereby given that a special term of ther county court to be held in and for said court, at the court house in the city of Appleton, in said county on the third Tuesday, being the seventeenth day of August, A.D. 1897, at 10 o'clock, a.m., the following matter will be heard and considered:
The application of Phillipina Diedrich, of Appleton, Wisconsin, for the adoption of William Bailey, a minor child, to be known as William Diedrich, whose parents are unknown and not residents of the state of Wisconsin.
Dated Appleton, Wis., July 20, 1897
By order of the Court:
Whitman & Ryan G. T. Moeskes
Attys for Petitioners. County Judge
• He was adopted on 17 Aug 1897 in Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States by (Testimony of Phillipine Diedrich during adoption procedings). 3
State of Wisconsin,
In County Court.
In the Matter of William Bailey, a minor.
Hearing on Petition for adoption.
Whitman & Ryan for Petitioner, Phillipine Diedrich.
F. W. Harriman, appointed for the purpose of investigating and consenting to adoption.
Phillipine Diedrich sworn:
Q. Where was your former home? (A) Little Chute.
Q. Where are you now living? (A) Appleton
Q. Do you know the minor child, William Bailey, now called William Diedrich? (A) Yes sir.
Q. How long have you known him? (A) 5 years.
Q. How long has he lived with you and your husband Peter Diedrich? (A) 5 years.
Q. How did he come to live with you? (A) He was given to me by a Priest at Little Chute.
Q. And where did he come from? (A) State of New York.
Q. Has he any parents living? (A) No sir.
Q. Has he any relatives living in Wisconsin, except some brothers or sisters? (A) None whatever, no sisters or brothers either.
Q. Are you the petitioner that has asked for the adoption of Willie? (A) Yes sir.
Q. And does your husband, Peter Diedrich, join with you in asking for petition? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Has Willie lived with you the last 5 years as your child? (A) Yes sir.
Q. How old is he? (A) He was 9 years old the 25th of March.
Q. And what was the date you got him from the Priest? (A) Oct. 15th, 1892.
Q. Have you and your husband means to clothe and support him? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Have you sent him to school? (A) Yes sir.
Q. How much during the last year? (A) has gone steady for 3 years, all but 5 weeks this Spring.
Q. You never knew his parents? (A) No sir.
Q. All you know is what was told you? (A) Yes sir.
Q. What is your husbands business? (A) Carpenter.
Q. Who is he working for? (A) United States Government.
Q. Do you know how much he receives, wages? (A) $90 a month.
Q. Is it your desire to adopt Willie? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Arid also your husbands? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Has Willie any property of his own in this State? (A) None whatever.
Mr. John Mollitor sworn:
Q. Where do you live? (A) Little Chute.
Q. How long have You lived there (A) Ever since I was 10 months old. Since Sept. 27th, 1847.
Q. Do you know the boy here, called Willie Diedrich? (A) Yes, sir, well.
Q. Do you know Phillipine Diedrich and Peter Diedrich? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Is she your daughter? (A) Step-daughter.
Q. And Peter is your son-in-law? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Do you know how long Willie has lived with them? (A) It will be 5 years this Oct.
Q. What official position do you hold if any in Kaukauna? (A) I hold Town Office, and am a farmer.
Q. What Town office? (A) Supervisor.
Q. How long have you been Supervisor? (A) Three years.
Q. Does Willie have any means of support, except from Mr. and Mrs. Diedrich? (A) Not that I know of.
Q. Do you remember when he was brought to Little Chute? (A) In 1892.
Q. who had him first? (A) A man from New York, as I understand brought him to a priest.
Q. And the Priest brought him to Mrs. Diedrich? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Do you know what means and property Mr. and Mrs. Diedrich have? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Are they capable, as far as property is concerned, to bring up and take care of Willie? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Are they able to give him a good home? (A) Yes sir.
Q. Are they the proper persons to bring up a child? (A) they ought to be.
• He was adopted on 17 Aug 1897 in Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States by Outagamie County Order of Adoption. 4
State of Wisconsin
County Court for Outagamie County.
In the matter of the Petition )
of Phillipina Diedrich and Peter )
Diedrich for leave to adopt ) Order of Adoption
William Bailey, a Minor Child )
Upon the verified petition of Phillipina Diedrich, and Peter Diedrich joining in and consenting thereto husband and wife both formerly residents of the village of Little Chute but now residents of the City of Appleton, Outagamie County, State of Wisconsin, for leave to adopt William Bailey, a minor child, it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, and upon evidence taken in Open Court; -
That said petitioners are inhabitants of this state, residing in the City of Appleton, Outagamie County, State of Wisconsin, and lawful husband and wife.
That said child is named William Bailey and was born at and in the State of New York on or about the day of March, A. D. 1888; that the first names of the father and mother of said child are unknown; that the child was brought from New York to the Village of Little Chute on or about October 1892 for the purpose of being given and placed in the family of said petitioners.
That the father and mother of said child were named Bailey; that said child had no next of kin residents of this State and had no guardian.
That said child's parents, if living are non residents of the State of Wisconsin, and their whereabouts are unknown.
That said child having no parent, guardian or next of kin residents of this State, and F. W. Harriman, of Appleton, Wisconsin, a suitable person, appointed by the Court, has given written consent to such petition, said child being nine years of age on the 25th. Day of March, 1897.
That the parents of said child, if living, not being residents of the State of Wisconsin, and due notice of the time and place of hearing such petition having been given by publication in the Appleton Post, a weekly paper published in the City of Appleton, in said County, according to law, as appears from the printers affidavit now on file in this Office, and such petitioners appearing in person and by attorneys, and said William Bailey, said child, being present in Court, and the time of hearing the petition having been fixed by an order of this Court at a special term of said Court held on Tuesday, August 17th., A.D. 1897 at 10 o'clock A.M., nobody appearing or objecting, and is -
What said minor child has been a member in the family of said petitioners for more than the past five years, and the petitioners are of sufficient ability to bring up and to furnish suitable nurture and education for the child and are the proper persons to have charge of said child, reference to the degree and condition of its parents, and that it is proper that said adoption shall take effect.
Therefore it is Ordered, that from and after the date of this order such child, William Bailey, shall be deemed, to all legal intents and purposes, the child of said petitioners, Phillipina Diedrich and Peter Diedrich.
It is further Ordered, that the name of said child be changed from William Bailey to William Diedrich, the name of his parents by adoption.
Dated August 17th., A.D. 1897
By the Court. /s/ G. T. Moeskes County Judge
• He enjoyed raising rabbits circa 1900 in Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States. 5
• He worked as a Coty Detective Agency in 1907 in Seattle, King, Washington, United States. 1
• William Diedrich was registered at the World War I Draft Registration Board in Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States on 15 Jun 1917. 6 Form 1 1055 REGISTRATION CARD N . 134
Name in full Wm Diedrich
(Given name) (Family name)
Home 564 Maple ~~~~~, Wis
Address (No.) (street) (city) (state)
Date of birth Mar 25 1888
(month) (day) (year)
Are you (1) a natural-born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your intention (specify which)?
Where were born? Do not know
you (town) (state) (nation)
If not a citizen, of what nation are you a citizen or subject?
What is your present trade, occupation, or office? Painter
By whom employed? Fox River Paper Co
Where employed? Appleton, Wis
Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on your for support (specify which)?
Wife & 3 children
Married or single (which)? Race (specify which)
What military service have you had? Rank branch None
years Nation or State
Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)? Dependents
/s/ Wm Diedrich
Tall, medium, or Medium short (specify which)? Slender, medium, Medium or stout (which)?
Color of eyes Brown Color of hair Black Bald No
Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, eye, or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled (specify)? No
I certify that my answers are true, that the person registered has read his own answers, that I have witnessed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows
/s/ Albert C Pierce
(Signature of Registrar)
City or County Appleton
(Date of Registration) June 5, 1917
• His Social Security Number was 537-12-9063 before 1951 in , , Washington, United States. 1
• He resided at 9616 31st Av SE on 04 Nov 1971 in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States. 1
William married Faye W. Orphal on 21 Oct 1910 in Grand Rapids, Wood, Wisconsin, United States.1 (Faye W. Orphal was born on 21 Aug 1892 in Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, United States,1 died on 04 Nov 1971 in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States 1 and was buried on 09 Nov 1971 in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States 1.). The cause of her death was Cardiovascular Thrombosis.
Noted events in their marriage were:
• They owned Stovies Stove and Repair Shop in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States. 1
• They owned a grocery store in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States. 1
• They resided at 1711 McDougal Ave in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States. 1
• They resided at 2913 Hewitt Ave in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States. 1
• They traveled from Wisconsin to Washington State in 1921. 1
In 1921 William and Faye Diedrich moved from Wisconsin to Washington State with their family, William Louis, Guy Charles, Donald Thomas, Harold Robert, and Margy. Later Betty Jane, Jack Arthur, Patricia Ann, Mary Lou, Jimmy Earl, and Franklin Delano Diedrich were born.
• Letter: the President and Mrs Eisenhower on 02 Nov 1955 in Washington, District of Columbia, , United States. 7
THE WHITE HOUSE
The President and Mrs. Eisenhower are deeply
grateful for your kind remembrance of him on his
birthday. Your Good Wishes, coming at this time,
have been very heartening to them.