Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     THEODORE BODEAU is a very prosperous hardware merchant of Govan, Washington.  He has a most excellent trade on account of his industry and uprightness and has the respect of every citizen in the community.
     Theodore Bodeau was born in the Grand Dukedom of Luremburg, on April 10, 1854, the son of Charles and Mary Bodeau, natives of Luxemburg.  The father was an agriculturist there and a man of excellent standing.  The schools of Luxemburg furnished the educational training for Theodore and when of the proper age he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter trade which he followed after that for a number of years.  In 1872, he came to Minnesota, where he engaged in farming.  In 1881, he settled in what is now Lincoln county, being one of the very first pioneers of that section.  He took a preemption and later added by purchase until he now owns nine hundred acres of excellent wheat land.  This large property makes a handsome income annually.  Mr. Bodeau is one of the wealthy and influential citizens of the county.  In 1891, he retired from the farm, rented the same, and moved to Govan where he established a large hardware store.  He has a large and well assorted stock and does thriving business.
     In 1889, Mr. Bodeau married Miss Katherine Ney, a native of Luxemburg, whose parents dwell now on the farm.  To this union four children have been born, Alfred, Ernest, Blanche, and Orlando.  Although Mr. Bodeau has never attended an English school, he is very well posted in English literature and is a master of the language.