JESSE NIBLICK, senior member of the firm of Niblick, Crawford & Sons, of Decatur, is a native of Ohio, born in what is now Carroll County, August 12, 1826, a son of James and Anna (Carter) Niblick. His father was a native of Ireland, born January 19, 1803, and brought to America by his parents, and was reared in New York City and Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He was a cooper by trade, which he followed until coming to Adams County, Indiana, in November, 1836, when he engaged in farming in Washington Township, near Decatur. In 1869 he removed to Warrensburg, Missouri, where he died a few weeks afterward at the age of sixty-nine years. He was a consistent Christian and at his death a member of the Presbyterian church. In politics he affiliated with the Democratic party, and at different times filled minor offices. The mother of our subject was of English ancestry, born in the State of Maryland, and reared in Carroll County, Ohio, where she married to Mr. Niblick. She died near Decatur, August 12, 1838. She was an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Of the eight children born to the parents four still survive -Robert, a farmer of Kirkland Township; Jesse, our subject; Adaline, wife of James Daily, of Wells County, Indiana; Mary Jane, wife of Sigmond Openheim, of Bluffton. Jesse Niblick was but ten years of age when brought by his parents to Adams County, and here he has since lived with the exception of one year which he spent in Fremont, Ohio, attending school, and here he received the rudiments of his education. In his youth he learned the shoemaker's trade, and in 1846 engaged in the boot and shoe business for himself. October 16, 1851, he was married at Decatur, to Miss Catherine Closs, who was brought from her native country (Germany) by her parents, John and Catherine (Sougadiffer) Closs, in her girlhood. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Niblick, seven of whom are yet living -William, cashier of the Adams County Bank; John, a member of the firm of Niblick, Crawford & Sons; James K., clerking in a mercantile establishment; Mary; Amelia; Charles, a bookkeeper in the Adams County Bank, and Daniel, attending school at Decatur. Mr. Niblick dealt in boots and shoes until 1866, when he engaged in general merchandising with John Crawford, under the firm name being changed to Niblick, Crawford & Sons, a son of each having been admitted as partners. In 1871 Mr. Niblick, in company with J.D. Nutman, engaged in a private banking business in the name of the Adams County Bank, Niblick & Nutman, bankers. David Studabaker and R.B. Allison afterward became associated with them, when the bank was duly organized under the State laws, and Mr. Niblick was elected a director and its first president. He was succeeded by R.B. Allison as president. Being one of the organizers and a stockholder in the Eagle Manufacturing Company of Decatur, Mr. Niblick was elected one of its directors. Politically Mr. Niblick cast his suffrage with the Democratic party. In 1848 he was elected clerk of Washington Township, and from that year until 1865 he was either clerk or trustee of that township, and sometimes held both offices at the same time. In the fall of 1865 he was elected treasurer of Adams County, and re-elected in 1867, serving in that office four years to the entire satisfaction of his constitutes, and since 1870 has held the office of village trustee or councilman. He is one of the prominent and public-spirited citizens of Decatur, and is always ready to aid in any enterprise which he deems of benefit to his town or county. Mrs. Niblick and her children, with the exception of William, are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church at Decatur.
Biographical and Historical Record of Adams County, Indiana; The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887