Henry H. Fickes


HENRY H. FICKES, of Steubenville was born in that city, May 11, 1846, the son of Andrew J. and Elizabeth (Hukell) Fickes. Both parents were born at Steubenville, the father, July 4, 1816 and the mother in August 1823. His father was the son of Jacob Fickes, who located in Steubenville in a very early day, and who died at New Orleans, of yellow fever. His mother was the daughter of Henry J. Hukill, who came to Steubenville with his mother in his boyhood and resided here until his death, in 1858 at the age of fifty-eight. He was a brick manufacturer and contractor by occupation and was a prominent Mason, having been High Priest of Union Chapter, No. 15 of Steubenville, from 1835 to 1848 and from 1850 to 1857 altogether twenty-two years. He was a Knight Templar of Steubenville COmmandery, No. 11. Andrew Fickes was by occupation a contractor and builder. he died September 9, 1876. His wife, who is still living, resides with Henry H. The latter is the eldest of three sons, only one other of whom, George J., is living. In the spring of 1856 he accompanied his parents to Oskaloosa, iowa, where the family resided eight years. In the spring of 1864 they returned to Steubenville. In July of the same year he went to Pittsburgh and there became clerk in the general ticket office of the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago railway, under F. R. Myers and held it about two years. Returning to Steubenville he accepted a clerkship in the general ticket office of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis railway, under Capt. S. F. Scull, and he continued in the same capacity about eight years. For about seven years after retiring from the railway he was chiefly employed as a clerk and accountant. In September 1880 he engaged in the insurance business. He has been very successful at this and with one exception he now possesses the best business of that kind in Steubenville. mr. Fickes was married in February 1878 to Jennie, daughter of James Hawkins, and they have two daughters: Helen E. and Mary F. Mr. and Mrs. Fickes are members of the Methodist Protestant church. He is a Mason and Knight Templar. In politics he is a republican. He has served as a member of the city council one term, having been elected in 1881. In 1885 he was elected justice of the peace, an office he held one term. In January 1888 he was appointed township clerk to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his uncle, George Fickes, and in April 1888 he was elected to that office. Mr. Fickes possesses the full confidence and respect of the public.

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