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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Fred J. Fick

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 418-419 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Fred J. Fick, one of the leading realtors of Herkimer, New York, was born in that village on February 25, 1881, his parents being George and Anna (Lucy) Fick. George Fick was born in Shoemaker Hill, Herkimer county, New York, and died at Fonda, New York. He was a brakeman with the New York Central Railroad and while standing on top of a box car he was struck by a bridge, the blow causing his death. His wife was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1860, and is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Cornelius Lucy. Dr. Lucy was born in County Cork, Ireland, and died in Utica, New York, where he was a well known physician.

Fred J. Fick received his early education in the public school of Herkimer and at the age of thirteen years went to work as shipping clerk for the Royal Gem Mill, Incorporated, and remained one year, after which he went to Ilion, New York, and entered the employ of the Remington Arms Company to learn the machinist's trade, and was there five years, after which he was with the Savage Arms Company in Utica for one year. He engaged in the retail meat business with F. H. Hall for two years and in 1906 built a business block on South Main street, Herkimer, and during that period managed the coal yard of Lewis Schermer while he was west for six months. In November, 1915, Mr. Fick built another business block in Herkimer and also became manager of W. F. Metzger's hardware and plumbing store, which position he still holds. Since 1906 he has also been in the real estate business in Herkimer and is one of the leading realtors of the village. From 1908 to 1912 he was assistant manager for the Utica Home Telephone Company of the branch office in Herkimer comprising Mohawk, Ilion and Frankfort, Middleville, Newport, Poland, Cold Brook, Gray and all auxiliaries. He is a director of Herkimer Cooperative Savings and Loan Association and during the World war was on the advisory board and active in the Liberty Loans and War Chest drives. He was trustee of the village of Herkimer for three terms, or six years, which was longer than any other man has held it, and also served as a member of the board of alms for two years. He is first vice president of the New Hospital Chest Association and one of the trustees. Mr. Fick is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and treasurer for five years; Herkimer Lodge, No. 1439, B. P. O. E., and treasurer of same; the Down and Out Club; the Exchange Club, of which he has served on the board of control and later was third vice president; the Chamber of Commerce; and is treasurer of Herkimer Sunset League. His church associations are in St. Francis de Sales Catholic church, and in politics he is a democrat. For diversion he enjoys fishing.

Mr. Fick has one sister, Miss Jacqueline E. Fick, who was born in Herkimer and educated in the public schools of that village. Both she and her mother reside with Mr. Fick.

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