FRANK BLICKE, merchant, Bucyrus, son of William and Mary (Reiger) Blicke; was born May 6, 1836, in Prussia, and went to school from his 7th to his 16th year, receiving a good education in his native language. When 16, he was apprenticed to a brewer and served three years, and worked a year longer in his native land. In the year 1856, he sailed from the port of Bremen for the shores of America, resolving to seek his fortunes in the New World. He landed at New York on June 7, 1856, after a voyage of forty-two days. He came direct to Cincinnati, Ohio and entered a brewery where he remained four years. In May 1860 he came to Bucyrus and became the partner of Christian Wingert in the brewery, this union lasting three years. At the expiration of that time, he became the partner of F. A. Vollrath in the grocery and provision business and added a stock of dry goods the second year. In 1870, Mr. Vollrath retired and our subject purchased his entire stock and interest in the building and since then has carried on the business himself. He has built up a large business at the corner of Sandusky avenue and Mary streets, and has a large stock of dry goods, boots and shoes, groceries and queensware. Mr. Blicke has built eight fine, large residences, in this city. which are a credit to Bucyrus and in evidence of his business energy and enterprise, He came here without capital, and, by industry he has brought himself into affluence. He has been a member of the City Council, City Treasurer for four years and is now serving his third term as Treasurer of the township. He is now N. G. of La Salle Lodge. No. 51. In September, 1864. He married Theresa Vollrath of Bucyrus; of this marriage there were born four children. Three of whom, William A., Carrie A. and Louisa M. are living and Cora A. is dead.

 

History of Crawford County and Ohio, Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1881