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A Article found of Uncle Wig one of his past times was Square Dancing its ironic that this great man would not die at home surround by family and the best care, but at a square dance he answered his final call on thanksgiving day November 28 1946 on Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells he was rushed to St Joe hospital were he was pronounced dead. the Bickel Estate was 358 acres

his favorite charity was the salvation army for wig loved children he would ring the bell at Christmas time for them he would approach prominent citizen to contribute money with the challenge he would match anything they gave·                     

 Uncle wig was born 27th January 1877 on Red Hill Road in wood county wig got his name from his propensity to wiggle in his crib and the name uncle Wig Bickel stuck with him till his death· History quote that sums up the life of wig Bickel the Great use of life is to spend ourselves in the heart and life of another so that after our own brief chapter has been concluded the narrative we began may be continued in the person of someone else through the kindness we perform we can live on because we shall long be remembered for the good we have done we find satisfaction and happiness when we spend our life for that which will outlast us

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William H. Bickel made a fortune in the oil fields and he shared that fortune with the people of Wood County . his 368-acre estate in what is now the larkmead section in southern Wood County hosted Thousands of families. "Uncle Wig," as his friends called him, provided ponies for children to ride and a private zoo, which included Groundhogs, Deer, Peacocks, and Buffalo . he sponsored a horse show' every year and revived the sport of sulky racing. "Uncle Wig" died at a square dance on November 28, 1946.

Wig Bickel's sudden, sad Demise, brought tears of grief to many eyes, for he had warm friends far and wide, over West Virginia's Countryside. a real Wood Countian by birth, to him the dearest spot on earth, where he resolved, deep in his soul, to strive to reach a lofty goal. an energetic, self-made man, who started in his youth to plan to play through life a fair, Square game, and be an honor to his name! he built a picturesque abode, beside the quiet Lubeck road , where in enclosures, grazing near, were Bison, Moose and Elk and Deer. Wig Bickel's fame was nationwide, Arabian Horses were his pride, and mounted on a snow white steed, he was most picturesque indeed! he that had friends among the great, was kind to those of low estate, his smiles were bright, his .heart was big, and children loved good "Uncle Wig. picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

                                    Uncle Wig Bickel with his pet elk 1940s

To Uncle Wig from Gene Autry picture courtesy of  Ron Flinn

 

Wig Bickel in a parade Parkersburg WV 1940s picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

The Bickel race track at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

The Bickel Grandstand at the Bickel Estate 1940s

 

Wig Bickel with his favorite Stallion at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

More Trick Horses at the Bickel Estate 1940s  picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Wig Bickel with Roy Rogers (The Singing Cowboy ) and Dale Evens, Roy Roger and Dale Evens had there own Western TV show in the 1940s & 50s picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Winter at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Christmas Wig Bickel and family the Bickel Estate 1940s picture courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Pond in the Winter at Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Maryann Bickel at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn     

 

The Buffalo at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

Nola Ann Williams standing on the Lions the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Nola Wilson

 

Sandra Miller standing beside one of the lion's sculptures visiting with the Nola Williams family 1940s picture Courtesy of Nola Wilson 

The Bickel lake at the Bickel Estate 1940s  picture Courtesy of Nola Wilson

 

the Bear cage at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Nola Wilson

 

Nola Williams and her brother Dale Williams at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Nola Wilson

 

Bickel play ground  lady in front is Frances Williams at the Bickel Estate 1940s picture Courtesy of Nola Wilson

 

An Aerial view of W. H. "Wig" Bickel's race track and homestead the Bickel Estate

Horses parade in front of the Grandstand at the Bickel track alone Lubeck Road. 

Wig Bickel picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

The Bickel Race Track late 1930s or 40s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Uncle Wig Bickel on a Ride picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn  

 

Bickel Pond 1940s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

Early Bickel Pond 1930s picture Courtesy of Ron Flinn

 

                The Bickel Manson  

 

Christmas time at the Bickel House 1940s

 

Wig Bickel Christmas time at the Bickel House 1940s

 

Wig Bickel with some of his Animals 

 

Elk Home at the Bickel Estate

 

Taken on Parkersburg Quincy Hill following the Armistice day parade in 1946 this was the Last time this group of riders would get together. from left is Russ Fagan, Alice Laughlin, Phyllis Gaston, Jo Ann Davis, Glen Emerick, Nancy Laughlin, Everett Finch, Mary Ann Bickel, W. H. (Wig ) Bickel, Jo Ann Fries, and Mary Alice Keen. this was only a couple of weeks before Wig Bickel's Death.  

 

Richard (Dick ) Gaston is shown with Egyptian Chief one of the show horses of his Uncle Wig Bickel back in the days of the Bickel Estate was the setting for horse shows and related events. Dick was a Trick rider. one of his demonstrations was riding two horses at the same time. standing with a foot on each horse.

 

    Wig Bickel and one of his horses  1930s picture Courtesy of Tom & Brenda Huffman

 

   Bickel Christmas Card Sowing Wig & his wife Stella & Mary Ann Bickel 1930s picture Courtesy of Tom & Brenda Huffman

 

          the Bickel House at Christmas Time 1930s picture Courtesy of Tom & Brenda Huffman

 

                      Bickel Christmas Card 1930s picture Courtesy of Tom & Brenda Huffman

 

 Harry Teft & Horse at the Wig Bickel farm 1930s picture Courtesy of Tom & Brenda Huffman

 

Bickel Horse Show July 22nd 1937 Wig Bickel with the F. H. Markey Family, The Markey Family lived in the House on the Corner of 11th & Juliana The House that Sea Captain Charles Deming Built around 1860. reported to be the 4th oldest house in Parkersburg. F. H. Markey Owned a Men Clothing Store on Market St

 

    November 29 1946

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