Biography of John A. Feick
Erie County, OH Biographies





JOHN ADAM FEICK. Prominent in the business activities of Sandusky, John Adam Feick, head of the firm of John A. Feick & Son, is numbered among the leading contractors and builders of Erie County, and is widely known as president of the Butler Stone Company, and as one of the directorate of the Third National Bank of Sandusky. A son of Adam Feick, he was born in this city, January 28, 1862, of substantial German ancestry. His grandfather, Philip Feick, a life long resident of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, was for many years engaged in the manufacture of wagons at Steinau, and was also interested to some extent in agriculture, owning farm land in that vicinity.

Adam Feick was born, May 3, 1822, in Steinau, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and was there brought up and educated, spending the first thirty years of his life in his native town. Leaving the fatherland on September 21, 1852, he came to America in search of fortune, if not fame, and immediately settled in Sandusky, Ohio. Finding employment as a journeyman carpenter and joiner, he soon won an excellent reputation for skillful and honest workmanship. Subsequently forming a partnership with his brother George under the name of Adam Feick & Brother, he met with very encouraging success from the start, the firm of which he was the head being awarded many important contracts and having charge of the erection of many of the city's large and handsome structures.

On January 8, 1859, Adam Feick married, in Sandusky, Johanna Fulton, who was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1841, a daughter of John Frederick Fulton. Mr. Fulton, who was born June 7, 1807, in Wurtemberg, Germany, immigrated to the United States in early life, locating first in Pennsylvania. Coming with his family to Ohio in 1843, he settled in Hancock County, and subsequently continued a resident of the state until his death, April 24, 1881. He married, in 1832, Magdalena Koli, and of the twelve children born of their union seven were living at the time of his death. Ten children blessed the marriage of Adam and Johanna (Fulton) Feick, as follows: John Adam, the special subject of this brief sketch; Ida Elizabeth; Christina died in infancy; George, who lived but one year; Alford; Henrietta Katherine; Emma Helena; Cora Wilhelmina; Minnie Louise; and Lewis Alfred. Mr. Adam Feick died in March, 1893, and his wife on November 17, 1908. Both were active workers in the German Lutheran Church, he having served as elder, treasurer and vestryman, while she was for many years a prominent member of the Humane Society connected with that church.

Having acquired his preliminary education in the public schools of Sandusky, John A. Feick was subsequently graduated from Saint Mary's Institute. Commencing to work with his father when young, he soon mastered the trade of a carpenter and builder, and later was admitted to partnership with his father and uncle George, the firm name becoming Adam Feick & Company. After the death of his father, Mr. Feick continued in business with his uncle under the firm name of George Feick & Company until 1902. He subsequently conducted business alone until 1913, when he admitted to partnership his son, John C. Feick, with whom he has since been associated as senior member of the firm of John A. Feick & Son.

Mr. Feick married, in November, 1884, Elizabeth Zipfel, who was born in Sandusky, a daughter of Constantine Zipfel, and granddaughter of Joseph and Mary Zipfel, natives of Baden, Germany, who emigrated from there to Ohio in 1851, and after living three years in Clyde located in Sandusky, where they spent their remaining days. Born May 21, 1839, in Norsingen, Baden, Germany, Constantine Zipfel was but a boy when he came with his parents to Ohio. While living in Clyde he began work at the butcher's trade, and after coming to Sandusky in 1854 followed it for a time. Subsequently starting in life on his own account, he was for upwards of thirty years engaged in the provision business on Water Street, at the same time, having purchased land near the city, he was carrying on farming and stock raising quite successfully. He continued in active pursuits until his death, in Sandusky, June 4, 1894. On December 31, 1858, Mr. Zipfel married Marie Daniel, who was born in Sandusky, and died June 28, 1886, leaving seven children, as follows: Charles; Joseph; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Feick; Mary; Ida; Laura; and Alfred. A stanch republican in politics, Mr. Zipfel served as a member of the city council for a number of years, and during one campaign was the republican candidate for mayor of Sandusky. Both he and his wife were members of Saint Mary's Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Feick's only child, John C. Feick, now in business with his father, married Mylitta Emma Taubert, who was born in Sandusky, a daughter of Lewis J. and Catherine (Stroble) Taubert, and they have one daughter, Mary Katherine Louise Feick, born in March, 1914.

Religiously Mr. Feick and his family belong to the German Lutheran Church. Fraternally Mr. Feick and his son are both members of Perseverance Lodge No. 329, Free and Accepted Masons; of Sandusky Council. No. 26, Royal and Select Masons; of Sandusky Chapter No. 72, Royal Arch Masons; of Erie Commandery No. 23, Knights Templar; and both are thirty second degree Masons, Mr. Feick being a member of the Lake Erie Consistory, and his son of the Toledo Consistory. Mr. Feick has always taken an active and intelligent interest in public affairs, and has served as a member of the city council and of the board of public service.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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