REV. MICHAEL ZICKRICK is the son of a German farmer, and was born at Grierade, near Berlin, Prussia, May 22,
1823. His education was completed at the age of fourteen, after which he assisted hIs father in his farming operations
till he was twenty; at this age he went to learn the business of brickmaking, which he has followed nearly ever
since. On March 12, 1846, he married Justina Seefleld, and two years later emigrated to America, settling on a
farm at Lomira, Dodge county, Wisconsin; here he also carried on the manufacture of brick. Mr. Zickrick was reared
in the Evangelical church, and in 1851 began to preach its doctrines, and has ever since labored in this manner.
In 1864 he came to Minnesota and purchased a farm in Elba township, this county, where one of his sons now resides.
For the first two years of residence here Mr. Zickrick was constantly engaged in missionary labor and traveled
from place to place. In 1869 he purchased thirty-nine acres of land on Sec. 29, now within the limits of the city
of St. Charles, on which he began the manufacture of brick, and still carries on the same industry, making an average
of iiearly two hundred thousand bricks per annum. In 1870 he removed his family to the present residence, near
the brickyard, and has since made his home here. He now preaches once a week in the Evangelical church of this
city, and occasionally in Dover, Quincy, and other neighboring localities. He recently spent six months in Winona,
supplying the pulpit of a sick pastor. He has taken little part in politics; has, however, served as judge of election
in the city several times. He was a democrat until Lincoln's candidacy, since which time he has supported the republican
party. Twelve children have been born to him, of whom eleven are now living. Their births, marriages, etc., are
indicated below: Michael J., June 20, 1849, lives at St. Charles; Edward W. F., March 21, 1851, married to Hattie
Bair, resides on the old homestead in Elba; Mary A., August 1, 1852, married to Gustav Gick, is a resident of St.
Charles; Minnie D. W., March 8, 1854; Gustav R, May 2, 1855, home in Nordland, Dakota; Julius T., October 13, 1856
(now conductor on railroad), married to Alice Tuck, lives at Zumbrota, Minnesota; Lydia M., January 31, 1858; Sarah
R., September 23, 1859, is teaching in Elba; Peter S., February 15, 1861, died before two years old; Jacob E.,
April 8, 1862; Richard B., September 14, 1863; Emma E., March 14, 1866. All are natives of Wisconsin except the
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Winona County, MN
Names A to H
Names I to Y
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906