|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1868|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1921|
Dallas married Estella F. Hoch on Mar 25, 1894 in Wabash Co., IN. To this union was born 8 children: Mable, Dwight, Trula, Mary Catherine, Omar, Cleo, Floyd & William Bilbee.
A short history of Dallas Grant and Estella Foreman Hoch Bilbee--related to me by their daughter Catherine on Jan 15, 1993 and later expanded upon by their son William H. Bilbee:
Dallas Grant Bilbee & Estella Foreman Hoch were married and lived on Bond Avenue in Marion, IN. Dallas worked at the local glass factory. Their first five children were all born in Marion, IN: Mable-Sep 14, 1894, Dwight-Dec 17, 1896, Trula-Feb 4, 1899, Catherine-Jan 1, 1901, and Omar-Dec 8, 1905. They later moved to a farm near the tiny town of Dora in Wabash Co., not far from Lincolnville where Catherine started school and Cleo was born on Dec 7, 1907. Although Catherine hadn't quite finished the 2nd year she was recommended for promotion to the 3rd grade. Her report card was dated Mar 10, 1909 and likely the family was moving on before the end of the school year.
Leaving Dora, Indiana, they moved to Beaver Township, Pulaski Co. (confirmed by 1910 census) where Dallas tended and fixed up a farm. He did the same thing at several later farms for a real estate man by the name of Mr. Wm Henry Eikenberry. Dallas would fix up the farm and then move on to another. Floyd was born in Oct 6, 1909 in Beaver Township of Pulaski Co.
Next they moved to southern Indiana near Bloomington to the little town of Kirby (Van Buren Twp., Monroe Co.) which was little more than a whistle stop on the railroad between Bloomington and Linton. Catherine says she remembers walking about four miles to school. She was 10 years old and while living there Bill was born on February 15, 1911. Catherine thinks they only lived there for one school year, probably leaving when school was out in March or April of 1911.
They then moved to near North Vernon in Jennings Co. and lived in three different houses, one of which was near to Hayden, IN. The family was living near North Vernon, IN on Oct 28, 1913 as Dallas received a telegram from Lucy Hoch at Fairbury, Nebraska notifying the family of Gilbert Hoch's death. (Estella's brother) They soon after came to Marion County, Indiana, about 1914, to a farm (1993 owned by the Berry's) across the County Line road (east) from the Handell property (where the jog in the road is). While here some of the children attended the old #4 School which was located near Eagle Creek and what is now 56th Street.
Next about 1915 or 1916, they moved again, west of Indianapolis on West 10th St. to a farm owned by Doc Johnson (the house was later owned by Col. Roscoe Turner the famous aviator). The house was a large 3 story frame which at that time was in need of repair. Bill says that they farmed most of the ground between what is now Girls School Road and High School Road on the north side of 10th Street. There was 160 acres and few houses were nearby, the Dickerson's lived west, Ernest & Bessie White lived across the road and the Richard Voight's lived east and across the road. Dwight Jr. was born at this house. While working this farm, Dallas was gored by a bull and nearly died. While living on West 10th Street some of the children attended the old #17 School west of them at the railroad crossing and then later attended the Speedway school at 14th and Winton (was torn down in 1992).
They next moved, probably late in 1920 to near the little town of Maplewood in Hendricks Co. which is not far from Pittsboro. They lived on a small farm of 66 and 2/3 acres about one mile south of town. Dallas died the following spring (Apr 10, 1921 at age 53) probably from the effects of the goring incident, the funeral was at the Maplewood Christian Church and burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery at Brownsburg, IN. Bill remembered that the neighbors pitched in and helped them get their crops in. Catherine lived with the family here and rode the train to downtown Indianapolis to work for the telephone company for about one year. Estella, Omar, and Bill for a short while moved to the Maggie Ross farm, later known as the Watkins farm and today known as the Orvel Starkey farm. They worked for Oren Davis milking cows, etc. While here Catherine married Orvel Starkey on March 3, 1923. Estella and the boys later moved back to the Maplewood farm which Dwight, Opal and Floyd had been tending. While here Cleo and Floyd graduated from Pittsboro High School in 1925 and 1927. The family lived on the farm at Maplewood about 7 years. Estella sold chickens, butter, eggs and garden produce in town to help provide for the remaining family as the older kids had moved out. Estella moved to Ford Street (next to the alley near Main Street) in Speedway and Dwight took over the farm. Estella soon either sold or traded the farm for two houses in Speedway, the house on Ford St. and a double at 4927-4929 West 14th St, where she was living during the 1930 census. Dwight built a house at 4728 West 10th St. across from what is now the main office for Allison Transmission. The house was later moved to its present location on the west side of the 1100 block of Winton Ave. in Speedway.
Bill stayed near Maplewood with the Ross Williams family on their farm so that he could graduate from Pittsboro High School in 1929, he would ride the interurban to Speedway on weekends to be with his family. Ross rented out the farm and the Williams family with Bill moved to south Maple Street on the south side of Pittsboro. The farm was later sold to Clark Hamilton in 1936.
Omar and his first wife Elgiva moved into the Ford St. house and Estella and the remaining kids moved into the east half of the double at 4927 W. 14th St.; they were living here July 5, 1940 when notified that George Hoch (her brother) had died. Later after all kids had moved out, she bought and moved into a house at 5044 West 13th St., Speedway. While living here on February 23, 1944 she was notified by telegram that Steven Kessler (her sister Mazzie's husband) had died. She remained at the West 13th St. address, until she died Jan 1, 1959 at the age of 84.
written by Roy W. Delong, grandson of Dallas & Estella.
Andrew Perry Bilbee (1839 - 1885)
Mary Ann Baker Bilbee (1842 - 1912)
Estella Foreman Hoch Bilbee (1874 - 1959)*
Mable Bilbee Davis (1894 - 1967)*
Dwight Lewis Bilbee (1896 - 1980)*
Trula Mazie Bilbee Duncan (1899 - 1974)*
Mary Catherine Bilbee Starkey (1901 - 1995)*
Omar Wray Bilbee (1905 - 1973)*
Cleo Frances Bilbee Delong (1907 - 1982)*
Floyd Bilbee (1909 - 2002)*
William Henry Bilbee (1911 - 1998)*
Martha M. Bilbee Percy (1863 - 1946)*
John E Bilbee (1864 - 1892)*
Dallas Grant Bilbee (1868 - 1921)
James Monroe Bilbee (1869 - 1944)*
Lewis Clinton Bilbee (1873 - 1954)*
Thomas Elmer Bilbee (1876 - 1955)*
Cora M. Bilbee Minch (1880 - 1905)*
Charles B. Bilbee (1883 - 1911)*
Maintained by: Roy Delong
Originally Created by: Rich and Sharon
Record added: Sep 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58419114
Grandpa, sorry, I never got to know you.|
Added: Jul. 24, 2011