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BICKLEY, WILLIAM H.,Sr., chief engineer of the Harrisburg Electric Company, was born at Bronton, Morris county, N.J., May 26, 1846. He is a son of John H. and Elizabeth (Harris) Bickley, both natives of England; both came to America in early life. They lived in Massachusetts for many years and later in Pennsylvania , the father being one of the founders of the Pottsville Iron and Steel works. He died in Elm, Camden county, N.J. They had born to them a family of thirteen children, six of whom survive: Thomas, residing in Reading, Pa.; John, residing in Dover, Morris county, N.J.; William H.; George, residing at Orwigsburg, Pa.; Miriam, wife of Albert Wood, residing at Hammonton, N.J.; and Alice, wife of Walter Wood, residing in Camden, N.J. William H. spent his early life in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He received his education in the public schools of Chelsea, Mass., and Pottsville, Pa. He worked in a rollingmill at Pottsville and followed the occupation for about seven years. He learned the trade of machinist and worked at this business more than thirty years. On May 25, 1872, he came to Harrisburg and worked at his trade of machinist in different shops and for himself. For the past three years he has filled his present position. He was married at Pottsville,. Pa., July 18, 1865, to Virginia Phillips, daughter of William and Ann Phillips. One son has been born to them, William H., a sketch of whom follows in this volume. Mr. Bickley is a member of State Capitol Lodge, No. 70, I.O.O.F., and of Phoenix Lodge, No. 59, K.of P. In political views he is a Republican. The family attend the Lutheran church.



Dorothy Bumbaugh

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