Kittson County Historical Society

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Frederick John Wickie was born in Jackson County, IA on 8 March 1880 to John Heinrich and Rosina Tackmann Wicke.  His immediate family included three sisters, two of whom lived to adulthood.

FJ grew up on a farm, attended school and as a young man worked in a drug store.  He was closely acquainted with the Kelso family in Bellevue, IA.  That relationship resulted in his moving to Minnesota, first as a logging camp account near Turtle River.  Succeeding this position found him moving to Hallock to work in the Kelso bank. 

Frederick John Wickie married Mary Bella Green (Stephen, MN) 14 JUN 1911.  Bella had been teaching school in Hallock.  To this union was born one son, Frederick Adelbert Wickie (25 MAR 1912 - 12 AUG 2001).

Over the years, FJ was active in the community, ultimately earning the voters confidence as city mayor.  Grandpa Fred saw a future in Hallock, establishing the first full service filling station north of Crookston on Highway 75.  Some in Hallock will know that the location of this station was on the corner next to the Hallock Creamery.  As a building, I believe it was most recently used as the Hallock Chamber of Commerce Welcome building prior to demolition.

FJ Wickie died on 6 MAR 1945 following complications from leukemia.

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