Biography of Col. Caleb B. Wick
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

COL. CALEB B. WICK, whose long, eventful and useful life was almost entirely spent in Youngstown, may well be classed with that band of notable men, whose patriotism, energy, ability and integrity ushered in the conditions which have resulted in the wonderful development of this city along every line. Caleb B. Wick was. born October 1, 1795, in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and was the eldest son of Henry and Hannah (Baldwin) Wick.

Henry Wick came, through several generations of Americans, and most worthy residents of Long Island, from an English ancestor. His father and his grandfather were born and reared at Southampton, Long Island, where his birth took place March 19, 1771. On December I I, 1794, he married Hannah Baldwin, who was a daughter of Caleb Baldwin, a prominent resident of Morristown, New Jersey. In Washington County, Pennsylvania, Henry Wick went into business and carried on merchandising until 1801, when he followed his father-in-law to Youngstown, Ohio, then in its infancy. Here Henry Wick established a home and re-embarked in business and in the following year brought his family here, Caleb B. being then in his seventh year. A successful and honorable business career followed, Mr. Wick's store on the southeast corner of the Diamond, on the corner of Federal and Phelps streets, being a landmark for over forty years. He died November 4, 1845, and was survived by his wife until 1849. Henry Wick and wife were the parents of twelve children, all of whom have passed away. One of the sons, the late Henry Wick, a capitalist of Cleveland, resembled in character, as well as in name, Youngstown's honored pioneer citizen.

Caleb Baldwin Wick was given the best educational advantages that the little town of Youngstown afforded, and received an excellent business training under his father, one Which equipped him for a mercantile business of his own. In 1815, in association with Dr. Henry Manning, he embarked in a general mercantile business at Youngstown, his stock including drugs, and from this beginning grew the city's large drug business, it being the first departure in this line in all this section of the Western Reserve. When Mr. Wick retired from mercantile pursuits, in 1848, he was the oldest merchant in this city. He was interested in the various industries which gave employment to his fellow citizens, encouraged the influx of capital and proved his public spirit by investing much of his own. In 1846, in association with other men of means, he erected the first of the great rollingmills which formed the nucleus of the extensive plant of Brown, Bonnell & Company, one of the main industries of the Mahoning Valley.

For many years of his life, the late Caleb Baldwin Wick was known as Colonel Wick, a title given him in 1822, as colonel of the First Regiment of Ohio State Militia, with which he had been connected as an officer since 1817. He served as township clerk and trustee, and as postmaster of Youngstown under the administration of President William Henry Harrison. To the developing of the educational and religious influences of his city, Colonel Wick was a large contributor, not only of his means but of his time, which was always a valuable asset. Many of the present well-developed charities of the city had their inception under his fostering care, and many a struggling enterprise was placed upon a sound basis through his helpfulness. This honored and beloved citizen passed from this life June 30, 1865, being survived by a number of his children and by his second wife, whose death occurred in 1887.

Colonel Wick was first married January 1, 1816, to Rachel Kirtland, who was a daughter of Jared Kirtland, of Poland, Ohio. Two children of this marriage are deceased, and Mrs. Wick died in 1820. On November 3, 1828, Colonel Wick married, second, Maria Adelia Griffith, who was born at Caledonia, New York. Of this marriage ten children were born, seven of whom reached maturity. Two of his sons, Caleb B. and Henry K., rank with the leading business men of Youngstown. The former is largely interested in real estate, coal and iron, and has offices, as has his brother, Henry K., at Nos. 404-405 Dollar Bank building, Youngstown. Henry K. Wick is president of the great coal firm of H. K. Wick & Company. Both brothers have handsome residences on Wick avenue.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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