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Private First Class Marvin Arthur Wickham
U. S. Army

May 20, 1896 - April 15, 1918
Palacios Cemetery
Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Wilhelmine "Minnie" Louise Caroline  [Fischer] Wickham



Private First Class Marvin Arthur Wickham [May 20, 1896 – April 15, 1918] was born to Arthur Everett Wickham [September 18, 1871***/1872 – October 17, 1930] and Wilhelmine "Minnie" Caroline [Fischer] Wickham [June 17, 1866 - ___ __, 1929*] at Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois.  His cause of death is not known, but he died in France during WWI** and was attached to Ambulance Company 26, 3rd Division.  He was first buried in France then brought home for re-burial at Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas.  Besides his parents, he was survived by three brothers.  He gave his occupation as deliveryman for Curtis-Sisson Grocery Company, Palacios, Texas on his draft registration card. At the time of his enlistment and death his family was living at Palacios, Texas.  His parents are buried next to him at the Palacios Cemetery.


*Died at St. Louis, MO

**3rd Division’s major battle occurred at Meuse-Argonne, France, if he did not die from the Spanish Flu he may have been killed there.

***Family Bible give birth as 1871.



Family of

Arthur Everett Wickham
Wilhelmine "Minnie" Fischer Wickham

circa 1902

(standing in back)
(in front of Arthur)
(in front of Minnie)
(seated in front)


Photo courtesy of
Marty Greenlief

Wickham Boys

l to r
Louis Winfield
George Henry
Marvin Arthur


Photo courtesy of
Peggy Fisher


Marvin Wickham came home Saturday to visit with his mother, Mrs. E. A. [A. E.] Wickham, for a few days before going "somewhere in France." Marvin expected to be with the ambulance drivers but was transferred to the hospital corps as first aid. He is stationed at Fort Clark and the company has been pronounced ready for the front by the inspector. In a class of one hundred fifty, only ten of whom averaged ninety of better in the examinations, Marvin's average was ninety-two. Marvin is an excellent boy in every sense of the word and every man is his well wisher.

The Palacios Beacon, November 30, 1917


Palacios, Texas, April 24.—The remains of Marvin Wickham, son of A. E. Wickham of this place, arrived here last Saturday from Camp Merritt, N. J., and were interred Sunday afternoon in the city cemetery. Young Wickham is the first Palacios boy to give his life for his country. The procession, which was one entirely composed of automobiles, was one-half mile in length.

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 26, 1918

Known List of Matagorda Boys Who Died in Service.

The following names of the soldiers who died while in the service of the U. S. A., are all that has been reported. If any one knows of others, and the cause of their death, if possible, please inform Mrs. Wm. Cash, Bay City, Texas:

Palacios--M. Wickham.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 5, 1919


Wilhelmine "Minnie" Caroline
Louise  Wickham

George Wickham, of Skiatook, Okla., and his brother, Rev. Winfield Wickham and little daughter, Elaine, of St. Louis, who were here last week to attend the funeral of their mother, Mrs. A. E. Wickham, left for their homes the latter part of the week.

Palacios Beacon, August 1, 1929

A. E. Wickham

Mr. Arthur Everett Wickham departed this life on Friday, Oct. 17, 1930, in Galveston, Texas. Mr. Wickham had entered the John Sealy hospital in Galveston and was operated on for an ailment of long standing. Mr. Wickham had recovered from his operation; however, while preparing to return home he suddenly passed away.

He is survived by three sons, the Rev. L. W. Wickham of St. Louis, Mo., Mr. G. H. Wickham of Skiatook, Okla., Mr. K. A. Wickham of Palacios; two brothers, Mr. E. C. Wickham of Steamboat Rock, Ia., Mr. B. H. Wickham of Iowa Falls, Ia.; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Smith of Steamboat Rock, Ia., Mrs. Dora Greenleaf of Eldora, Ia., five grandchildren, Elaine Marie, Muriel Lucille, Lanita, Patricia Ann and Ruby Jean.

Mr. Wickham was born Sept. 28, 1871/1872 at Steamboat Rock, Ia. He lived to be fifty-eight years and twenty-nine days. On Nov. 7, 1894 he was married to Miss Minnie Fischer, who preceded him in death by a year. To this union four sons were born, the oldest of whom, Marvin, preceded him in death by twelve years.

In 1908 Mr. Wickham with his family, moved to Palacios, making his home here the greater part of the time since then.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 3:00 p. m. from the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. O. Winterstein, pastor of the Lutheran Church, officiating. The body was laid to rest on the family lot in the Palacios Cemetery.

Palacios Beacon, October 22, 1930

Rites Held Wednesday For Karl A. Wickham, Former Councilman

Funeral services for Karl Allen Wickham, a former city councilman, were held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Wednesday, January 29 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with Rev. John Shultz officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

A resident of Palacios most of his life, Mr. Wickham was born April 12, 1901 in Galveston, a son of E. A. [A. E.] and Minnie Fisher [Fischer] Wickham. He passed away Monday, January 28, in the Citizens' Memorial Hospital in Victoria where he had been a patient for several weeks.

He is survived by his wife, of Palacios, three daughters, Mrs. Louis Steinhagen of Houston; Mrs. Victor Scholfield of Augusta, Kansas and Mrs. Leroy Brown of Victoria; one son, Karl Allen Wickham, Jr. of Palacios; two brothers, Rev. L. W. Wickham of Rosebud and George Wickham of Grayville, Ill. and a half-brother, Lenard Sexton of Springfield, Ill.

Palacios Beacon, January 30, 1964


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