Bickner offspring all played their parts in early Oswego
Boys formed the town's first family orchestra
Although the Bickners as a family played a major role in Oswegos commerce in the early 1900s, the offspring of Joseph Sr. and Victoria also made significant individual contributions.
Mary, the oldest, taught school at the Grange Hall and was a principal at Oswego School.
Joe was one of the brothers who co-owned J. Bickner & Sons General Store on State Street. When the store was sold to Safeway in 1938, Joe
retired to pursue his interest in a gold mine in southern
Oregon. He married Carrie Wells.
Henry played the violin in the Bickner family orchestra. No information is available about his vocation or marital status, though.
William was also a co-owner of J. Bickner & Sons. He died in an automobile accident near McMinnville in 1931 when his car skidded in loose gravel and flipped over twice. His wife, the former Edna Kingkade, taught third and fourth grade in Oswegos Grange Hall; she also led the drive to organize the Congregational Church located at Fourth Street and D Avenue, where the Lake Oswego Public Library is currently located. Will and Edna lived at the corner of Second Street and B Avenue.
John, another co-owner of J. Bickner & Sons, married Pearl Nida. He built their home on the two lots just north of the store in 1903. Originally, the house faced State Street. But in 1938, John repositioned the house to face B Avenue. John also built a Texaco station at the front of the two lots on State Street. He was also the second mayor of Oswego and president of Oswego State Bank.
Lillian loved canoeing on the lake and taught music for several years. Her home was on Evergreen Street. She was a charter member and past matron of the Waluga chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a past noble grand of Dena Rebekah Lodge. She never married.
Charles was the last of the co-owners of J. Bickner & Sons. After the store was sold, he and his family moved to Florida. Charles married Marie Jarisch in 1916. After Maries death in 1945, he married Agda Benson.
All five of the Bickner boys taught themselves to play musical instruments and formed Oswegos first family orchestra. Sister Lillian served as the brothers pianist, but its not clear if she was also self-taught.