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Irwin H.8 Hicks  was born November 23, 1841.  Irwin died February 1930 Canandaigua, New York, at 88 years of age.   

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri February 21, 1930 

Irwin H Hicks, life long resident of Canandaigua, died at his home on the Seneca Point Road, after a brief illness. He was born and had always resided on the farm on which he died, and which he had operated until his retirement about four years ago.

Mr. Hicks was the youngest and last of 13 children of Martin H. Hicks and Millicent Norton Hicks, and was born November 23, 1841. On January 4, 1866 he was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Ingraham, of Naples, who died November 1, 1910. 

He leaves three daughters, and four sons, Mrs. Grace Smith of Cedar Springs, Mich., Mrs. Charles Cobb, Mrs. Fred Higley, John H. Hicks, Herbert N. Hicks, and Albert Hicks all of Canandaigua, and Isaac L. Hicks of Pittsford.

                He married Ellen Ingraham August 21, 1866.  The obituary for Irwin H Hicks gives a date of January 4, 1866 for the marriage. Ellen was born January 12, 1847.  Her obituary gave her date of birth as January 12, 1847. Ellen was the daughter of Moses Ingraham and Sally Tiffany.   Ellen died October 21, 1910 Canandaigua, New York, at 63 years of age.   

                             MRS. IRWIN HICKS  Canandaigua November 01, 1910, aged 63 years.   

The death of Mrs. Irwin Hicks occurred on Tuesday from a complication of diseases at Canandaigua hospital. Mrs. Hicks was born January 12, 1847 and resided in this town the greater part of her life. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Charles Cobb of Honeoye, Mrs. Fred Higley, and Miss Grace Hicks of S. Bristol, four sons, John H, Canandaigua, Isaac of Pittsford, Albert and Herbert of Canandaigua. Interment at Academy.


John H.9 Hicks  was born South Bristol, New York December 26, 1867.  John died September 1936 Boston, Mass., at 68 years of age. 

                                 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Fri. July 10, 1936  

                                   Death of Attorney John Hicks in Boston Hospital

John H. Hicks, one of Canandaigua's best known and most highly respected citizens, died in Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Sunday, following an illness of about six weeks. Mr. Hicks had practiced law for 40 years.

Mr. Hicks was born December 26, 1867, in South Bristol, the son of Irwin H. and Ellen Ingraham Hicks, and he attended school at Honeoye and later at Genesseo Normal School. At the latter school he took up the study and practice of teaching and for a short time after leaving school, taught in various schools. However practice of the law was his aim, and he entered the law office of Charles D Newton and later was with Elisha W Gardner in Canandaigua.

He took the Bar examination in 1897 after only three years of study and opened offices in the Callister Building, which stood at the site of the present Post Office. Asa B Priest was a partner of Mr. Hicks until Mr. Priest's death. He also was in a partnership with the late Royal B Scott and County Judge Horace W Fitch. He had practiced law alone since 1906.

Mr. Hicks began his residence in Canandaigua, September 25, 1895, and on June 24, 1897 married Miss Augusta C. Cole of Alton. He was a member of the Ontario County Bar Association, Rotary Club, and Lodge F A and M. In his younger days Mr. Hicks was a member of the Republican party and was twice elected justice of the peace on that ticket. He served two terms as clerk of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.

In 1908 he campaigned for a Democratic candidate and on several occasions thereafter was nominated for the Ontario County judgeship but declined to accept. Mr. Hicks leaves his wife Augusta C Hicks, two daughters, the Misses Mabel A. and Katerine I. E. Hicks of Washington, DC, two sons, John George Hicks and Thomas Farrington Hicks of Rochester, three brothers, Isaac of Pittsford, Herbert and Albert of Canandaigua, and three sisters, Mrs. Fred Higley of Academy, Mrs. Floyd Smith of Cheshire, and Mrs. Charles N Cobb of Canandaigua. 


Herbert Norman9 Hicks  was born South Bristol, New York June 14, 1879.  Herbert died February 07, 1951 Canandaigua, New York, at 71 years of age. 

                                        VICTOR HERALD   Friday February 9, 1951  

                                          HEART ATTACK FATAL TO H. N. HICKS  

                                               Well known garage proprietor is stricken.  

Herbert N. Hicks, president of West Avenue Garage Inc., former alderman and one of Canandaigua's best know residents, died suddenly Wednesday at his home, 99 Gorham Street. Mr. Hicks was 71.

Mr. and Mrs. Hicks returned from Florida last Friday where they had spent the past seven weeks with their son, Irwin S. Hicks and his family at Deland Florida. It was their custom to spend a portion of the winter in the South. Mr. Hicks had suffered from a coronary weakness for the past eight years but this had not seriously affected his activity.  He gave close attention to his large garage business and was interested in a wide circle of Canandaigua activities.  He was at his garage Wednesday morning and had returned home for lunch and to shovel snow from his driveway when he was stricken.

Mr. Hicks had spent his entire life in Ontario County. He was born in South Bristol June 14, 1879, the son of Irwin and Ellen Ingalis Hicks. The Hicks family came into South Bristol with the earliest pioneer fringe of settlers. Alonzo Hicks was one of the first supervisors of the town and one of the county's early members of assembly.

Mr. Hicks had a varied business career. As a young man he operated a farm on the Middle Cheshire Rd., residing there for about 15 years. He operated a hay and produce business on Niagara street in the years immediately after World War I. He was a capable salesman and it was inevitable that he would shift his interests to the fast expanding automobile business.  His first association with the automotive trade was as a sales representative for the Frank K. Marks agency which had its headquarters on Phoenix street. The Marks garage sold Ford cars in the era of the Model T. 

In 1921 the West Avenue Garage firm was organized by Stewart Hubbell, Leon W. VanDeusen and Pierre Bertin. In 1922 Mr. Hicks began his association with the West Avenue Garage company and this was to continue during the remaining 29 years of his life. Ultimately he became the largest stockholder in the corporation and its president. Associated with him has been his son-in-law, E. Murray Benham, who is vice president and secretary, and Benjamin P. Moore, who is treasurer.  The West Avenue firm sold Ford tractors originally but in 1922, the year Mr. Hicks started his association, the company was awarded the passenger car agency also.  It has grown steadily with the years and has become one of the best known business establishments.  Mr. Hicks was named alderman from the city's second ward in July, 1946, by mayor George McG Hayes and the common council. He succeeded Arthur C. Simmons who had moved from the ward. He served until Dec. 1949.

Mr. Hicks was twice married, first to Miss Lillian Sanford, who died in 1927 at Thompson Memorial hospital, and secondly to Elizabeth Phalen whose home had been for many years on Hubbell street and for briefer periods on Davidson and Gibson before Mr. Hicks acquired their Gorham Street residence.

Mr. Hicks was an active member and trustee of the First Methodist church. He was a member of the Canandaigua Kiwanis club, of the garden club, and of the chamber of commerce. Besides Mrs. Hicks, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Millicent Hicks Benham, 249 South Pearl street, and a son, Irwin S. Hicks, Deland, Florida.

Surviving also are four grandchildren, Irwin M. Hicks, a member of the New York State Police, Mrs. Irene Gladding, Canandaigua, Mrs. Ellen Benham Mallory, and Mrs. Elaine Benham Fredrickson, both of Canandaigua. His body was interred 1951 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.


Millicent Lillian10 Hicks  was born March 04, 1902.  Millicent died February 1987 New York, at 84 years of age.  Information found on SSDI, states that last known residence was Springwater, NY. She married E. Murray Benham Cheshire, New York, December 28, 1921.   

                                            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. January 4, 1922  PAGE  7  COL 3

MARRIAGE of Miss Millicent Lillian Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert N. Hicks of Middle Cheshire Road, and E. Murray Benham of Canandaigua took place at the home of the bride's parents on Wednesday PM at four thirty. Rev. Stephen S Pratt of Methodist church of this city performed the ceremony in the presence of about 90 relatives and friends.

Mr. Hicks gave his daughter in marriage. She was attended by Miss Ruth Benham, sister of the groom, of Victor.   Irwin Hicks of Canandiagua, brother of the bride attended the groom.

       E. Murray Benham was born Hopewell, New York December 16, 1901.  He  was the son of Ebenezer M. Benham and Hattie Hoyt Case.  E. Murray died January 09, 1996 in Avon, New York, at 94 years of age.

                            THE  DAILY  MESSENGER  E. Murray Benham

CANANDAIGUA -    E. Murray Benham, 94, died January 9th at the Avon Nursing Home.  Mr. Benham was born Dec 16, 1901, in the town of Hopewell, and was the son of Ebenezer and Emma Case Benham. He owned and operated the former West Avenue Ford Garage in Canandaigua for many years, retiring in 1950. He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Clifton Springs Methodist Church.

He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Benham had operated a farm on Canandaigua's West Lake Road, where he raised Suffolk sheep, and was a well known livestock judge throughout the Northeastern US. He was an active member of the Farm Bureau. 

He is survived by two daughters and a son in law, Ellan and Robert Mallory of Canandaigua, and Elaine  B. Taylor of Leesburg, Fla., six grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was  predeceased by his wife, Millicent Hicks Benham. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Irwin Sanford10 Hicks  was born February 07, 1905.  Irwin died August 1973 Florida, at 68 years of age. His body was interred 1973 Canandaigua, New York, Andrews Cemetery.   

          He married Malvina Sophia Andrews in Baptist Hill, New York, August 21, 1924.   

                            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL MARRIAGE       

 ANDREWS  -  HICKS   At Baptist Hill, August 21, 1924, Miss Melvina Andrews of Bristol, and Irwin S. Hicks, of Canandaigua town.

 Mrs. Irwin S. Hicks -   Mrs. Malvina Andrews Hicks, 42, wife of Irwin S. Hicks, of Holcomb, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 1941, following a major operation four weeks earlier. Mrs. Hicks was born in Bristol, August 6, 1898, daughter of William R. and Irene Bliss Andrews. 

Besides her husband, she leaves a son and daughter, Irwin M. Hicks and Irene Caroline Hicks, Bristol, and one brother, Maurice Andrews of Lima.

             Irene Caroline Hicks was born October 26, 1925.  She married Dean Gladding Niagara Falls, New York, September 17, 1944.

                              MARRIAGE     HICKS  -  GLADDING

BRISTOL   -   Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Irene Carolyn Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin S. Hicks, of this place, to Mr. Dean Gladding, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Gladding, of Holcomb. The simple ceremony took place Sunday afternoon, September 17, 1944, in the rectory of the Lutheran Church of Reformation, Niagara Falls.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attired in a powder blue wool dress trimmed in silver, with brown accessories. Her shoulder corsage was of yellow roses. The bride's only attendant was her sister, Miss Joyce Wright, who wore a dress of purple wool with gray accessories and a shoulder corsage of Pinocchio roses.

Charles Domm, Niagara Falls, brother in law of the bridegroom was best man. Mrs. Gladding is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy, class of 1944.  Dean is the son of Harold D. Gladding

Elisha Higby and Abigail Barney had the following children:

Olive7 Higby was born Chapinville, New York April 30, 1809.  Olive died September 22, 1888 Canandaigua, New York, at 79 years of age.[i] [i]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 59. 

                          ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday September 28, 1888  PAGE  3 COL  7

 HIGBY   - In Canandaigua on Saturday morning September 22, 1888, Olive Higby, wife of Evander Sly in her 80th year. Her body was interred 1888 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.  Section 7, picture of grave taken.

Evander was born in Orange Co., New York October 02, 1807.  Evander was the son of Jacob Schley and Eleanor Clark.  Evander died March 03, 1898 Canandaigua, New York, at 90 years of age.[ii]  [ii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1234 gives a death date of March 3, 1898.

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  March 4, 1898

  DIED  -     SLY          At Canandaigua, March 3, 1898, Evander Sly, aged 91 tears, 4 months. 

HIGLEY -  Active almost to the end, George Higley, one of Canandaigua's best known citizens, passed away at his home on Garden Street on Thursday evening of last week, aged 86 years.

Mr. Higley was born in Vesper, Onondaga Co, in 1823. When about 24 years of age he came to Canandaigua and learned the trade of tanner and currier with the late J. Harvey Mason.  He was married to Miss Laura Penoyer in 1846 and about that time took up farming as a vocation, in which he was engaged until he retired ten years ago.

Four children of the first union survive, William O. Higley and Mrs. C. E. Monks of Academy, Alvin L. Higley of Buffalo, and Henry G. Higley, of this village. Mr. Higley's first wife died in 1869, and two years later he married Mrs. Sarah Gregory, of Shelby, Orleans Co., who died in 1893.

One daughter by this marriage, Mrs. Fred C. Hawley, with whom the deceased lived, survives.  Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Ward Mosher officiating, and burial was at Academy. His body was interred 1909 Canandaigua, New York, Academy Cemetery. 


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