GEORGE J. FICKES, a prominent contractor, architect and brick manufacturer, of Steubenville was born in that city, June 29, 1850. His parents, Andrew J. and Elizabeth (Hukill) Fickes, were also natives of Steubenville, the former having been born July 4, 1816, and the latter August 12, 1823. His father, whose occupation was contracting and brick manufacturing, was the son of Jacob Fickes, a native of Berks county, Penn., who located in steubenville about the time that place began to have an existence. By trade, he was a carpenter and he also gave some attention to nail making and to boating. He made several trips to New Orleans and on one of these trips he died of yellow fever at New Orleans, about 1820. His wife survived him many years, her death occurring during the late war. In 1856 when George ws six years old, his parents emigrated to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where the family resided eight years. In 1864 they returned to Steubenville where the father spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring September 11, 1876. His widow still resides here. The subject of this sketch completed a course in the Steubenville high school at sixteen years of age, and then began the brick mason's trade with his father. To this, and to contracting and the manufacture of brick, he has ever since given his attention. his residence, since 1864 has been at Steubenville. Mr. Fickes was married October 19, 1871 to Mary J., daughter of John Aiken a former resident of Steubenville, and they have a family of four children: Edwin S., Bessie, Walter M., and Frank. Mr. and Mrs. Fickes are members of the Fifth Street Methodist Protestant church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., the Knights of Honor, the National Union, and the Order of the Mystic Circle. In politics he is an ardent republican. Mr. Fickes is one of Steubenville's enterprising and active citizens.
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