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The well-known Oak Park real estate man whose name appears above is a brother of Jerome F. Brickell and has lived in Sacramento since 1906. He was born in Niles, Mich., a son of Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Brickell, was educated in public schools and was graduated from the Niles high school in 1877. After leaving school he was for a time an assistant to his father. When he was only nine-teen years old he came to California and located at Truckee, where he was for three and a half years manager of a general store.

E'rom Truckee Mr. Brickell went to Spokane, Wash., where he lived twenty-five years, variously employed, but always busy and prosperous. He operated one farm seven years and was secretary and treasurer of the Fidelity Mortgage Company of Spokane ten years. When he came to Sacramento in 1906 he helped his brother incorporate the Oak Park Realty Company. Politically he is a Democrat and at different times in Washington and California has been offered important public offices which he has refused to accept, yet while his personal ambitions have impelled him to this course he has been active and influential in political work. Since 1880 he has been identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and for a time he affiliated with the Modern Woodmen. He is a helpful member of the Methodist Episcopal church. As a citizen he is public-spirited to a degree that makes him very useful to his community. It is probable that he inherits some of his rather remarkable business ability from ancestors who made their mark on civilization of their time and locality.

 Miss Clara Vincent became Mr. Brickell 's wife and they have had three children, two of whom survive: Harry, of  San Francisco, and Lilah E., at home; the oldest child, Emory, who was chief clerk in one of the departments of the Southern Pacific railroad, having died aged twenty-four years. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011