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Vick, Gilbert H. 1851 1909


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 5/11/2015 at 17:53:44


When news of the death of Gilbert H. Vick was announced on the 20th of July, 1909, it caused deep regret among not only his relatives but his many friends, with whom he had lived and labored for more than four decades. He was a native of Norway, born August 14, 1851, a son of Haldor and Mary (Folken) Vick, who were likewise natives of that country. The parents emigrated with their family to the new world in 1866, establishing their home in Winneshiek county, having at that time reached an advanced age.

Gilbert H. Vick, whose name introduces this review, was a youth of fifteen years at the time of the emigration to Iowa, and owing to the advanced years of his parents, he and his brother began life independently. They engaged in farming and as time passed and they prospered in their undertakings, Gilbert Vick was enabled to purchase one hundred and sixty acres on section 33, Madison township. He became very successful in his business affairs and was the owner of one of the most profitable farms of the county. He improved the place with substantial buildings and worked diligently from year to year in the cultivation of his fields, so that at his death he left to his family a splendid property. He passed away July 20, 1909, at a comparatively early age, being but fifty-eight years old at the time of his demise.

It was on the 21st of March, 1888, that Mr. Vick was united in marriage to Miss Rachel Granum, a daughter of Andrew and Mary (Brager) Granum, both of whom were natives of Norway. The father was a farmer by occupation, spending his entire life in his native country, passing away in 1883. The mother still survives and is living there at the advanced age of eighty-five years.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Vick have been born nine children of whom eight survive, namely: Helen Marie, who is twenty-four years of age; Albert, the second of the name, who has just reached his majority; Oscar, a youth of eighteen; Helmer, who has reached the age of sixteen; John Adolph, a lad of fourteen; and Gerhard M., Richard L. and Laurence M., aged respectively twelve, nine and five years. Albert, first of the name, passed away September 20, 1890. The widow makes her home on the farm, her sons assisting her in the management of the place.

Mr. Vick gave his political support to the republican party and died in the faith of the Lutheran church. He was devoted to his family, counting no task too great if it added to the comfort and happiness of his wife and children. He possessed many sterling characteristics and was held in the highest esteem by all with whom he had business or social intercourse.

Source: History of Winneshiek County, Iowa Vol. II Chicago the S. J. Clark Publishing Company 1913


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