William H. Bricker, retired, is a veteran of the Civil War and a widely known citizen of Mt. Vernon. He was
born on a farm in Liberty Township, Knox County, Sept. 27, 1845, the son of Anthony and Caroline (Myers) Bricker.
Anthony Bricker and his wife were natives of Liberty Township, where they spent their entire lives. He was well
known as a successful farmer and stockman. Both are deceased and are buried in Liberty Chapel Cemetery. Their children
were: Samuel Warden, deceased; William H., the subject of this sketch; Willis, who died at the age of 29 years;
and Mary E., who died at the age of 78 years.
William H. Bricker attended the district schools of Liberty Township and for several years was a school teacher.
Until his retirement in 1923 he was numbered among the prominent farmers and stockmen of Knox County, and lived
at Academia, which is now a suburb of Mt. Vernon. The Knox County Fair Grounds is now a part of the old Bricker
home. stead. Mr. Bricker also located and developed Magnetic Springs, which became a popular health resort. It
was later sold to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and a school of that denomination is now located there. In
1923 Mr. and Mrs. Bricker removed to their present home, 304 North Gay Street, where they are enjoying the fruits
of a well spent life.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Bricker enlisted as a private in Company H, from Knox County, under Capt.
Cochran, but on account of his youth was sent home. When the Confederate Gen. Smith threatened Cincinnati, he again
enlisted and his company was sent to Iowa to protect the Union Pacific Railroad from depredations from the Indians.
While there he suffered a severe attack of typhoid fever and after his recovery was sent home on a furlough. Upon
his return he reenlisted in Company B, 142nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was with General Grant's army during
the siege of Petersburg, Va., and also participated in numerous other important engagements. He was mustered out
at Camp Chase,. after having served with distinction and proving himself to be a faithful soldier always ready
to respond to the call of duty.
On Oct. 2, 1894, Mr. Bricker married Miss Mina B. Blue, the daughter of Daniel and Clarissa (Pierson) Blue, who
were natives of Knox County, both now deceased. They are buried in East Union Cemetery, Coshocton County. To Mr.
and Mrs. Blue were born 16 children: 1. Sarah, the widow of John Barrett, a Civil War veteran, lives at Mt. Vernon.
2. Wilber F., lives at Tenino, Wash. 3. Harriet, the widow of Samuel Farquhar, who died at Guide Rock, Neb., in
1928. 4. Thomas Melville, lives in Oklahoma. 5. Adeline, deceased, was the wife of T. R. Neldon, who is mayor of
Danville, Ohio. 6. Clifford, lives at Mt. Vernon. 7. Laura, the widow of Calvin Ziegler, lives at Portland, Ore.
8. Leroy, lives at Mt. Vernon. 9. Mary, the widow of John Marsh, lives at Guide Rock, Neb., and her son, Frank,
is secretary of the State of Nebraska. 10. Anna, the widow of John Mix, lives at Jelloway, Ohio. 11. Mina Bricker.
12. Charles, lives at Seattle, Wash. 13. Alice, the widow of Charles Cullison, lives at Columbus. 14. Margaret
A., married Dr. Boynton, of Columbus, both deceased. 15. Herbert, 16. Erwin, both of whom died in infancy.
To William H. and Mina B. (Blue) Bricker were born two daughters: 1. Ruth E., a graduate of Ohio Normal School
at Athens, and Ohio State University, now a teacher at Noble School, Cleveland, Ohio. 2. Mary, a student of Asbury
College, and Ohio Wesleyan University in 1922, was a teacher before her marriage to E. O. Ulrey, who is a teacher
of mathematics and science at West High School, Cleveland.
Mr. and Mrs. Bricker are members of the M. E. Church at Mt. Vernon. They have always been active in Sunday school
work and Mrs. Brieker for a number of years was superintendent of the primary department. He is a member of Timon
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and I. O. O. F. He has always been a Republican and for four years was justice of the
peace of Morris Township before moving to Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Bricker for 15 years before her marriage was a teacher
in the public schools of Knox County, the last 11 years of which were spent in the public schools of Mt. Vernon.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
Names A to C
Names D to G
Names H to K
Names L to P
Names Q to S
Names T to Z
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