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Sacramento County



The self-made man is in evidence in California as manifestly as in any part of this country of self-made men. Sacramento has as many men of this class as any city in the state, population considered, and of the younger ones few are better or more favorably known than the one whose name is the title to this brief notice. Mr. Hicks was born at Watseka, Ill., December 2, 1869, a son of James V. Hicks and a grandson of John J. Hicks. His father and his grand-father and their families had come to the coast in 1874 and located in San Diego county, where they had turned their attention profitably to sheep-raising, their operations covering extensive tracts of land and giving employment to many men in different ways.

It was in the public schools of San Diego counts' that the immediate subject of this sketch gained a practical primary education. His more advanced education has been obtained by hard and some- times discouraging study and observation in the school of experience. His first active participation in the battle for life was as a farmer. Later he became identified with the hotel business, and it was by a five years' experience as a hotel clerk in San Francisco that he gained that knowledge of men and their ways that has stood him in such good stead iu his subsequent business career. In 1898 he became connected with the transfer business of John F. Cooper and the Walrath Brothers, in which he later became half owner. The enterprise of which he is now manager is known as the Capital Sacramento Transfer, Van and Storage Company, and it is one of the largest of its class in Northern California. This, company is duly incorporated under the state law.

Maud L. King became the wife of Mr. Hicks April 16, 1902, and they have a daughter named Ruth, who was born May 12, 1903. Mrs. Hicks was the daughter of William and Sarah A. King of Sacramento. Her father came to California in 1850 and mined several years with varying success. For twenty-five years he was identified with Yolo county and some of its well known interests. He passed away in Sacramento in 1900. In everything pertaining to the advancement of his adopted city Mr. Hicks has taken an earnest and helpful interest. While he has not figured as an active politician he has ably done his part in such political work as has appealed to his sense of public duty. In 1912 he was prevailed upon by influential citizens of the Third ward of Sacramento to accept the nomination of his party for the office of trustee. He is a York rite Mason, a Shriner, an Odd Fellow, a Woodman of the World, and a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and in some of these orders he has been raised to important office. Mr. and Mrs. Hicks are communicants of the Presbyterian church, active in the work of that religious body and generous in support of its varied interests.

In the matter of investment Mr. Hicks has been as wise as he has been enterprising. Firmly believing in the safety as well as profit of land investments he has become possessed of real estate, notably of a tract of forty acres on the Riverside road, five miles from the Sacramento city line. His public spirit impels him to do all in his power to advance the best interests of his community and his state, and there are few reasonable demands on his patriotism to which he does not respond with cheerful liberality. 

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