Biography of Hugh B. Wick
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

HUGH BRYSON WICK. In recalling the men to whom Youngstown is indebted for its material prosperity, the late Hugh Bryson Wick is immediately brought to mind, for he was a very important factor in its development for many years. His long and busy life was mainly devoted to this section, which benefited by his business sagacity and public spirit. Mr. Wick was born at Youngstown, February 5, 1809, and died April 22, 1880. He was a son of Henry and Hannah (Baldwin) Wick. The Wicks were of English origin, settling originally on Long Island, New York.

Mr. Wick's parents came to the Mahoning Valley as pioneers from Washington County, Pennsylvania. For many years they were closely identified with the business and social interests of this section and when they passed away they left memories of honorable, useful and virtuous lives. They reared a large family and almost all of these became prominent in some walk of life. They were Caleb Baldwin, Thomas Lupton, Betsy, Lemuel Henry, Jr., Hugh Bryson, Hannah, Matilda Lucretia, John Dennick, Mary Ann, Thomas Lupton ( 2) and Paul. The first birth was in 1795 and the last in 1824. The last survivor of this notable family was Henry Wick, Jr., who was a resident of Cleveland,

Hugh Bryson Wick began his remarkable business career as a merchant in 1828, opening a store at Brookfield, Trumbull County, where he remained for ten years, during a portion of which period he had business interests also at Lima. In 1837 he removed to Lowellville, where hem conducted a business for two years, coming to his native place in 1839 to enter into business competition here. In 1846, with his brothers, Caleb B. and Paul Wick, Henry Heasley, Dr. Henry Manning, William Rice and other capitalists, Mr. Wick built a rolling mill and opened a store, the latter being managed by the late Paul Wick and continued as a business under the management of Paul and Hugh B. Wick until 1855. This rolling mill enterprise was the nucleus around which developed the immense works of Brown, Connell & Company.

Probably the late Mr. Wick was best, known as a financier, having been prominently, identified with the H. B. & H. Wick Banking Company of Cleveland, and, after 1857, with. Wick Brothers & Company, Bankers, at Youngstown. He had large coal and other interests, was a director in the Mercer Mining & Manufacturing Company, the Shenango & Allegheny Railroad Company and many other successful interprises. He was essentially a business man and seldom undertook responsibilities unless he clearly saw his ability to bring them to a successful issue. With other members of his family, and also individually, he stood for years at the head of great combinations of capital and industry, and during the many years of such prominence enjoyed unlimited confidence and universal esteem.

On October 30, 1832, Mr. Wick was united in marriage with Lucretia G. Wincheil, who was born September 5, 1813, at Wallingford, Connecticut, and was a daughter of Orrin and Laura C. Winchell. Being left an orphan when young, Mrs. Wick was reared in the home of her uncle, Dr. Charles Cooke, at Youngstown. Her. death occurred on April 27, 1892, when in her 79th year. Of the ten children of Hugh B. Wick and wife, four survive, viz.: John C., vice president of the Dollar Savings & Trust Company, whose sketch appears in this work; Lucretia H.; wife of William Scott Bonnell, president of the Mahoning National Bank, of whom biographical mention will be found elsewhere in this volume; Henry, president of the Witch Hazel Coal Company, residing at No. 416 Wick avenue, and Emily W., residing at No. 315 Wick avenue, widow of the late John M. Bonnell, of whom a sketch may be found on another page of this work.

From early manhood the late Hugh Brysong Wick was a consistent member of the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown. He was a willing and liberal contributor to all regulated charities. Although he, belonged to a family which took a more or less important place in the city's varied interests and thus commanded a large measure of public attention aside from his individual prominence, he was notably simple and unassuming, to the close of his life being a practical business man who liker best to stand before his fellow citizens on his own merits. He was a man who was devotedly loved in the domestic circle, was trusted and revered by a large number of personal friends and was admired and respected by his fellow citizens.

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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