Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PERLEY KIDDER ( 1891 - 1918 ) aged 27

PERLEY KIDDER ( 1891 - 1918 ) - aged 27 - was Postmaster in Wardsboro, VT - He enjoyed photography, taking many pictures of the Village of Wardsboro. Below are a few of his picture postcards which now appear on eBay. The photos were taken sometime between 1915 and 1918. He died unmarried.

Bridge Street, Wardsboro, VT

W W Kidder Hardware
Store owned by William Walter Kidder his son Perley Kidder took photo

Bird's Eye View of Wardsboro

Post Office

Main Street, Wardsboro

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lt. Lyman Kidder - Dispatch to General George Custer

1st Lt. Lyman Stockwell KIDDER served in the 1st Minnesota Cavalry, Co., K, during the Civil War. Following the war, Lyman S. KIDDER was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, assigned to 2nd United States Cavalry. He was killed at Beaver Creek, Kansas, 2 July 1867, while carrying a dispatch from General William T. SHERMAN then at Fort Sedgwick, Kansas, to General George CUSTER, in camp at the forks of Republican River, Kansas. Lt. KIDDER (age 24) and all his soldiers were killed by a Indians. The bodies were discovered by General CUSTER and buried on the spot where attacked.
A book written regarding the attack upon Lt. KIDDER and his men. “A Dispatch to Custer, The Tragedy of Lieutenant Kidder”, by Randy JOHNSON and Nancy ALLAN, (1999) Mountain Press Company, pages 119, best portrays the incident. Lt. Lyman S. KIDDER'S father Jefferson KIDEER went to Kidder battle site in Kansas about a year later with a regiment of Cavalry soldiers and recovered the body of his son and buried him at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, MN.

There is a historical marker near the site at Beaver Creek, Kansas.

Lt. Lyman KIDDER was the second child of Jefferson P KIDDER and Mary Ann STOCKWELL.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Colonel Reuben Kidder - Coat of Arms

Prior to the Revolutionary War, Colonel Reuben Kidder of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, had what purported to be the arms of the Kidder family carved upon the mantel of his dining room, and also had a coat painted which hung upon the walls of the drawing room of his mansion house. Except for the addition of a carpenter's square, the arms are strikingly similar to those described by Burke as having been granted to the unknown Kidder of Maresfield in the time of Henry VII. These arms cannot be found recorded in the standard works on heraldry.

Colonel Kidder's carved Arms were destroyed during the demolition of his house years after his death, while the painted ones are reported to have consigned to the flames during his lifetime by an irate member of his household who, as an adherent to the Revolutionary cause, regarded them as a Loyalist emblem which she felt she was fully justified in destroying.

Coat of Arms - Unknown Kidder - about 1485-1509

In his General Armory (London 1878, page 563), Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms, describes three coats-of-arms under the names of as many Kidders. The first is shown to have been granted to an unknown person of that surname during the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), and is as follows: Vert. three crescents or (which translated means three golden crescents upon a shield of green).

Monday, August 16, 2010

1902 Family Photo - David Elwyn Kidder

Front Row, L to R - David Elwyn Kidder age 54, Abbie Ayers Kidder age 50, Bryan Ayers Kidder age 21, Royal Elwyn Kidder age 23.
Standing L to R - Eva Mary Kidder age 13, Gordon Elwyn Kidder age 20, Charles Stuart Kidder age 17, Wallace Jackson Kidder age 15.

David E Kidder was a farmer in Marshall and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

George Washington Kidder (1840-1913) and family

Photo taken during 1870s Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
George Washington Kidder (left seated) his wife Jesusa (seated middle) their son James next to his mother.
Their children (Standing left to right) Virgina, Joe, Carlota, Adelina, Mary, Samford.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kidder, South Dakota

Kidder, South Dakota early 1900's

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kidder Home, Blanco, Texas (1896)

Edwin Euler Kidder and Mary Almira Eppes Kidder with family in front of their home in the McKinney Community near Blanco County, Texas about 1896. Edwin E. Kidder was a school teacher and judge between 1900 and 1904 in Blanco, Texas.

Photo (L to R) EE Kidder, Claude abt 5 years old, Walter abt 11 years old, Ida Grace abt 13 years old, Clement abt 6 years old. Not in picture was oldest son William Thomas Kidder.

To enlarge picture "hit it with your cursor", unknown occasion possibly Easter it appears to be springtime.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Actress and Author Margaret "Margot" Kidder

Margaret “Margie” “Margot” Ruth Kidder was born at Yellowknife, Northwest Terr. Canada, 17 Oct. 1948. She married first, John Heard, second Thomas McGuane, a writer, third Philippe de Broca. Margaret Kidder lives in Montana. Her parents are Kendall Kidder and Jocelyn Mary Wilson.
Margot Kidder's has numerous web sites - here are two of them:

Actress and Author Margaret "Margot" Kidder Web Site

Actress and Author Margaret "Margot" Kidder Web Site

Filmography for Margaret Kidder (list of 119 movies and TV shows)

Actress and Author Margaret "Margot" Kidder Web Site

Actress Kathryn Kidder

KATHRYN COURTNEY KIDDER, born at Newark, NJ 23 Dec. 1869. She studied dramatic art in New York, London, and Paris, and under her maiden name of Kathryn Kidder. She made her debut in Chicago in 1885 as Lucy Fairweather in Mayo's "The Streets of New York" and later took leading parts in the "Davy Crockett," in "Little Lord Fontleroy," "Held by the Enemy," and many other popular plays, and the leading roles in various companies producing French romantic dramas and Shakespearean tragedies. Since 1904 she was starred in comedies of Old England and in many of the more popular of the plays of Shakespeare and other dramatists.

Kathryn Kidder married at Fayetteville, Onondaga Co., N.Y., 24 Oct. 1905, Louis Kaufman Anspacher. Her parents were Col. Henry Martyn Kidder and Sarah Courtney Barnet.

Actress Janet Kidder

Janet Kidder born in Canada. Janet Kidder is Margot Kidder's niece

Actress Janet Kidder Web Site

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sylvanus Kidder (1891-1983) WWI Veteran

Sylvanus KIDDER served during the 1st World War. In 1917, Sylvanes Kidder left behind his home a 40-acre farm on C.R. 8 in Elkhart, Indiana known as "The Ranch" by friends and family, to fight in World War I. From 1917 to 1920, Sylvanes served in France and Germany, bringing fresh horses to the front lines. Sylvanes Kidder fancied himself a cowboy, so the task suited him.
He married 12 June 1920, Olga ESKILSSON, they had 8 children.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

HENRY KENDALL KIDDER (1841-1863) Killed in Action

HENRY KENDALL KIDDER at twenty-one years of age enlisted at Concord, NH, 12 August 1862, in the 12th New Hampshire Infantry, Company D, during the Civil War. Henry KIDDER was “Killed in Action”, at the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA, on Sunday, 3 May 1863. His brother Uriah Hill KIDDER, same regiment and company was at his side when he received a wound in the head, which killed him instantly. Henry Kendall KIDDER was lying on the ground just before advancing into battle when Henry KIDDER raised his head to get a better view of the field, he was fatally struck. He was among the 1,606 Union men killed in action at the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA.
He gave the following at induction height six feet, dark complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, and occupation blacksmith.
His parents were Joseph KIDDER and Dorcas NELSON.

ZOLA MAE KIDDER - Served during WWII

ZOLA MAE KIDDER enlisted in the Navy Waves and was called to active duty in Feb. 1943. Following boot camp, Zola KIDDER was sent to Norman, Oklahoma where she was trained to be an Aviation Machinist Mate. From there she went to Whiting Air Force Training Base, Pensacola, FL where she served as “plane captain“. Zola KIDDER was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1945, then to Guam. In November of 1945, she was discharged with the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class.
Zola Mae Kidder married Henry Morrison KNOBLOCK in 1947, they had five children.
She was the daughter of Eugene Ransom Kidder and Grace Lilly.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Killed in France during 1st World War

HARVEY W. KIDDER (27 Mar. 1896 - 16 Oct. 1918)

Harvey W. KIDDER born at Marshfield, WI, on 27 March 1896. In 1917, Harvey Kidder was living in Miles City, Custer Co., MT, unmarried, working in a restaurant.
Harvey KIDDER enlisted in Montana, to serve in the Army during World War I. He was assigned to the 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division, rank of private. Harvey KIDDER was Killed in Action 16 Oct. 1918, buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Plot C Row 15 Grave 31, in the City of Romagne, France.

His mother MINNIE HART KIDDER CORLEY of Box 343, Butte, Oroville Co., MT, made a pilgrimage to his grave in 1930.

Friday, January 22, 2010

NEIL L. KIDDER - 36th Infantry - WWII

NEIL LINDEN KIDDER (22 Jan. 1923 - 17 July 1944) killed during WWII.

Neil Kidder enlisted at Kalamazoo, MI, 2 Jan. 1943, served in the 36th Infantry during WWII. Neil L Kidder is mentioned in a book “U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead (1939-1945). Neil Kidder was a private in the 36th Infantry, of the eleven military cemeteries in Europe where 3rd Armored soldiers are buried, the largest single group - 422 Spearheaders - lies in the majestic Henri-Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium (above as it looks today), in an area liberated by the Division in Sept., 1944.

Neil Kidder was married to Mildred Elaine Wolff, they had one son.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wallace E. Kidder - US Army Ranger -

WALLACE EUGENE KIDDER ( 1922 - 1943 ) KIA at Venafro, Italy 12 Nov. 1943.

Wallace Eugene Kidder was inducted into the Army from Oregon, rank Private First Class, assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion and killed in action 12 Nov. 1943. Wallace Kidder received a medal “Purple Heart” and is buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy Plot I Row 7 Grave 54. The cemetery covers 77 acres, has 7,861 American military war dead. Wallace E. Kidder gave the following information at enlistment, 9 Oct. 1942, service for the duration of the war, plus six months, education, 4 years of high school, occupation was forestry, he was married, height 5’8”, weight 129.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

US Navy - (DD-319) "Kidder"

United States Navy Ship (DD-319) "Kidder" was launched 10 July 1919 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., San Francisco, CA and commissioned 7 Feb. 1921, Comdr. H. J. ABBETT in command. "Kidder" was assigned to Destroyer Division 34, Battle Fleet, at San Diego. "Kidder" was decommissioned at San Diego, CA, 18 March 1930.
The Battleship was named after HUGH PRATT KIDDER, who was awarded the “Croix de Guerre” with palm and star during WWI for courage and endurance while carrying orders to advanced positions under violent machine gun fire during a period of 9 days. Lt. KIDDER was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism near Blanch Mont. France, 2nd and 3rd October 1918 when he led a small patrol into enemy trenches and captured two strong machine gun positions. First Lieutenant KIDDER was “killed in action”, 3 Oct. 1918 attempting to better his position in the face of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.

Hugh P KIDDER was born at Waukon, IA, in 1897 and died at Blanch Mont. France, 3 Oct 1918, son of Harley Perry KIDDER and Ada Kate PRATT.

Jeff Kidder Arizona Ranger - Gunned Down in Mexico

Jeff Kidder bottom left, photo taken 1906.

JEFFERSON "Jeff" KIDDER (November 15, 1875 - April 5, 1908)
Three Arizona Rangers have given their lives as a result of their service. Sergeant Jeff Kidder was murdered in Naco, Sonora, near the end of the Territorial Arizona Rangers' era. Ranger Jeff Kidder was hot on the trail of notorious Mexican bandit leader and rustler Efumio Vaquero when their search took them to the town of Naco. He entered Naco, Sonora on April 3, 1908, where due to his authorization he had full arrest powers, and in a small cantina he located his suspects. A gunfight erupted between Kidder and Delores Quias and Tomas Amador, both of whom were Mexican policemen, resulting in both suspects being wounded, with them wounding Kidder. Two Mexican Police, in business with the outlaws, then burst into the cantina firing at Kidder, hitting him in the gut. Kidder, alone and outnumbered, continued the fight, returning fire on the two officers, killing them both. However, Kidder had been badly wounded, the bullet having ripped through his intestines and exiting his back, leaving him laying on the floor.

Tom Rynning, an Arizona Ranger Captain, would later claim that he never saw any man faster with a gun on a quick draw than Jeff Kidder.

Jeff Kidder is profiled in the book "Deadly Dozen", written by author Robert K. DeArment, who indicates that Kidder was one of the twelve most underrated gunmen of the Old West.

Jeff Kidder was the son of Silas Wright KIDDER and Ada CAMPBELL.

Friday, January 15, 2010

43 Year Old Father of Five Killed in Explosion.

Gustavus KIDDER ( 1821 - 1864 ) Oldest Kidder to be Killed in Action during Civil War.

Gustavus KIDDER enlisted in 1864 and served in the 19th Wisconsin Infantry. The regiment was assigned to the Department of Virginia. On Sunday, 9 August 1864, at City Point, VA, near Petersburg, VA, a tremendous explosion rocked City Point, VA, killing 43 soldiers and injuring 126, which also caused vast property damage. One of the soldiers to be killed by that explosion was Gustavus KIDDER, he was struck by a shell to the body. Two Southern Confederates smuggled a small box with explosives inside on board a Union transport ship, docked at the harbor. When the explosive went off just before noon, General Ulysses S. GRANT sitting in front of his tent was showered with debris but was uninjured. Gustavus Kidder is buried at the City Point National Cemetery, VA, section E, division 1, and grave number 81.

Gustavus KIDDER married Esther HOLLENBECK, they had five children.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1934 Gangland Murder in Minneapolis

Headlines on Monday 5 March 1934, in the “The Minneapolis Tribune” were “Gang Trails Autoist Home, Kills Him”, and another article read “St. Louis Park man slain as wife watches”. Theodore Campbell KIDDER with his wife Bernice DUXBURY and mother-in-law in his car were trailed by five gang men, as the 35 year old paint salesman, and family were returning home from a birthday party they attended earlier that evening. “The five gang members tried to run Kidder off the road, still following them, Kidder finally stopped his car near his residence and walked to the sedan and said something to its occupants. There was a reply. The two woman got out of their car. There was three shots, two striking Kidder in the abdomen, he died at the scene. “The large sedan with California license plates sped off”. Newspaper accounts theories it was a case of mistaken identity.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

16 Year Old Cavalry Soldier Dies in War.

Hiram O. KIDDER at sixteen years of age enlisted, at Ypsilanti, MI, 16 November 1863, to serve in the 1st Michigan Cavalry, Company A, during the Civil War. Hiram KIDDER gave the following information at his induction five feet four inches, black hair, fair complexion, occupation a farmer.
Hiram O. KIDDER was KILLED IN ACTION, at Haw's Shop, Virginia on Saturday, 28 May 1864. This was a fight between cavalry forces from the North and South.
Hiram KIDDER was born in 1848, the 7th child of John M. and Sally KIDDER, of London, Monroe Co., MI.
Hiram O. KIDDER is the youngest Kidder to be Killed in Action during the Civil War.

Kidder vs. Kidder

There were 238 Kidder's that served during the War of the Rebellion.
The UNION ARMY had 225 Kidder men and woman.
The CONFEDERATE ARMY had 13 Kidder men.

Military Rank of Kidder's:
Lt. Col. 1; Major's 2; Captain's 3; 1st Lt. 4; 2nd Lt. 11; Sergeants 13; Corporals 22; Privates 160 = Total 238.

Military Units Served In:
Infantry 172; Cavalry 29; Artillery 16; Navy 7; National Guard 3; Militia 3; Engineers 2; drummer Boys 2; Sharpshooters 2; Nurse's 2 = Total 238

How Discharged:
Killed in Action 14; Died of Disease 19; Died in Prison 1; Mustered Out 162; Disability 30; **Wounds Received 4; Illness 1; Deserted 7 = Total 238

** - Numerous Kidder's were wounded in battle - only 4 were discharged because of wounds received - some returned to battle and were wounded a second and third time, then honorably discharged.

The Red Coats Are Coming

Lexington and Concord
On 19 April 1775, at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, a column of British soldiers marched to the countryside to collect arms and munitions from the Patriot Militia. The "Red Coats" marched in regimental formation down the main roads towards Lexington and Concord. As the British entered the village they were met by a small but very effect band of men from neighboring towns in Massachusetts. Below are the (17) seventeen Kidder's that responded to the alarm at Lexington and Concord.
Town of Tewksbury --- Daniel, Josiah, Jeremiah, Jeremiah
Town of Billerica --- Isaac, Samuel, William
Town of Sutton --- Francis, John
Town of Chelmsford --- James, Thomas
Town of Dudley --- Benjamin, Samuel
Town of New Marlborough --- John
Town of Littleton --- Francis
Town of Concord --- Isaac and Joseph

The Beginning

Ensign JAMES KIDDER, the progenitor of practically all persons in the United States who bear his surname, believed to have been born a East Grinstead, Sussex, England, about 1626; died at Billerica, Middlesex County, Mass., 16 April 1676, "aged fifty". He married at Cambridge, Mass., presumably late in 1649 or early in 1650, ANNA MOORE of that place, born in England about 1630; died at Billerica in 1691, daughter of Elder Francis and Katherine Moore.
James Kidder's probable birthplace, East Grinstead, is a small town about thirty miles from London, and in the near vicinity of Maresfield, ancient seat of the Kidder family. Nothing is known of his early years nor of the reasons which prompted his leaving the home of his fathers to settle in New England where he is believed to have arrived about 1649, shortly before his marriage to Anna Moore.
i. HANNAH, b. at Cambridge, Mass., 1 March 1650/51.
ii. DOROTHY, b. 29 January 1651/52.
iii. JAMES, b. at Cambridge, 3 January 1653/4
iv. JOHN, b. at Cambridge, in 1655/6
v. THOMAS, b. at Cambridge, 1 Mar. 1657
vi. NATHANIEL, b. at Cambridge, 27 Feb. 1659.
vii. EPHRAIM, b. at Billerica, 31 Aug. 1660
viii. STEPHEN, b. at Billerica, 26 Nov. 1662
ix. ENOCH, b. at Billerica, 16 Sept. 1664
x. SAMUEL, b. at Billerica, 7 Jan. 1665/6
xi. SARAH, b. at Billerica, 1 June 1667.
xii. JOSEPH, b. at Billerica, 20 Nov., 1670; d. there in 1683.