I know all about his wife, he married in America to a Bertha Neimann from Grays harbor, WA. She passed away also so I wasn't able to see if she knew any more info.
Jose Gidican was born born April 20, 1888 in Cebu. The earliest record I could find of Jose Gidican (spelt Gidacan on the form) living in the U.S. is from a U.S. census in 1930 where he lived with another family as a "lodger" according to the document. This means Jose came to the U.S. sometime between his birth in 1888 and 1930.
There's a city directory from Bremerton, WA in 1934 that Jose is listed on with who I believe was his brother who came to the U.S. with him according to our family stories. His name is Ysidro Gidican (also spelt Ysidero, Gidacan, Gidacon on some government documents). The earliest record of Ysidro being in America is from a WWI Draft Card dated 1918. If it's true that they came together to the U.S. than that means they arrived sometime between Jose's birth in 1888 and 1918. However, on Ysidro's draft card there's a "closest family member" section and Ysidro listed a V. Barsaga in the Philippines. This would mean Jose wasn't in the U.S. at the time yet. So we're still unsure if the two actually came to the U.S. together or not. Jose didn't register with a draft card until WWII in 1942.
Jose's children are Richard (my grandfather), Raymond (deceased), Joseph "Sunny" (deceased), Carol Jean and Sharon Gidican. He also has two daughters who last names at birth were Gidican but they changed it back to Barsaga as adults - their names now are Judy and Victoria Barsaga. I think the "V. Barsaga" listed on Ysidro's Draft Card might be who my grandpa Jose named my aunt Victoria after...