EDWARD H. VIDLER was born in Clinton, Oneida County, N.Y., September 4, 1842. This gallant soldier of the late war, who carries the scars of many battles, is the son of James Vidler, a native of Battle, Sussex, England, who came to this country, settling first in Clinton, Oneida County, N.Y., but removed from there to Brookfield, N.Y. His wife was Eliza Curtis, born in Fonda's Bush, Schoharie County, N.Y. Their children were: Edward H., the subject of this biographical mention; Arthur B.; Arvilla M.; Mary A.; and Victor J. The parents died in Brookfield in the year 1885.
Our subject remained at home on the farm until he was fourteen years old, attending the district schools, and then hired out with a farmer to work, availing himself of his unoccupied time in the winter to go to school in the vicinity, which he continued to do until he was about twenty years of age. At this time the Civil War broke out; and, filled with a patriotic impulse, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fourteenth New York Volunteer Infantry, marched to the front, and served for three years. He took part in seven battles, and was twice severely wounded. At the battle of Winchester, which, as is well known, was one of the hottest engagements of the war, there were fifty men of his regiment killed around him. After being desperately wounded, he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, where he remained for nine months. At the close of the war he was mustered out, and went to work for a short time on a farm, later buying the place where he now resides.
At the age of twenty-seven he was married to Miss Jane Mason, a daughter of Henry and Deborah Mason, whose family consisted of five children; namely, Hannah, Charles, William, Jane, and Angeline. The parents of these children died in Brookfield. Two children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Vidler, Clarence and Benny. The great-grandfather of Mrs. E. H. Vidler was one of the pioneer settlers of her native county, moving there when the country was an unbroken wilderness, and after clearing a farm fashioned a plain log cabin with his own hands.
In religious views our subject and his wife are Baptists, being connected by membership with the church of that denomination in Brookfield. They are sincere Christians, as exemplified in their daily lives, and do their part in assisting to promote every good and worthy cause. In political matters Mr. Vidler is a Republican, and not only has an intelligent understanding of the principles of his party, but believes that, when carried out, they are conducive to the best interests of the country at large. During his term of military service he was a brave soldier, fearless in danger, and never afraid of a foremost place in the conflict, and since his return to the more peaceful avocations of private life has won the esteem of his fellow-citizens, who respect him not only for his former record of bravery in the field, but for his qualities as a man and citizen.
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