Biography of Hiram Sickels
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Sickels, Hiram, came from Auburn, Cayuga county, in 1824, and located at Albion. At that time the now county seat of Orleans county was known as Newport. Mr. Sickels was a practical hatmaker, and on coming to Albion he established himself in business, and thenceforth was conspicuously identified with local interests. For a number of years he was associated with Deacon Harvey Goodrich, and was generally known in business connections in the village in the manufacture and sale of hats and caps, and in various other enterprises, for a period of about fifty years. Mr. Sickels built the first brick dwelling house in the village of Albion. He died in 1873. His children were as follows: George H., of Albion; Hiram E., now clerk and reporter for the New York Court of Appeals; Laura, of Albion; Robert, of New York city, and one other child who died in infancy. George H. Sickels was a child when his father came to Albion, but since 1847 he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits in the village. He began his career as a clerk, and was for two years at Mt. Morris in a cap and hat store. In 1847 he started in business at Albion with T. C. Fanning, and two years later became sole proprietor, in later years and until about three years ago, the firm name of Sickels & Co. Was well known. throughout the county. At the time indicated the present firm of Sickels, Day & Collins was established. Mr. Sickers has always taken an active interest in public affairs, and has held the position of president of the Board of Trustees of Albion Academy, taking an active part in changing that institution to a union free school. He is one of the leading members of the Presbyterian Church and one of the members of its session. In 1853 George H. Sickels married Almira, daughter of Stephen P. Morehouse, of Albion. They have three children: George H., Jr., and Frank, of Buffalo, and Ella, wife of Harry C. Fulton, of Davenport, Iowa.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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