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Old Timers 1907

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)


ROBERT REICK, a prominent member of the Schuylkill county bar, with office and residence at Frackville, is a native of the county, having been born at Gordon, on Aug. 9, 1877, and is of German and French extraction. He is a son of Christopher C. and Ella J. (Towns) of Danville, Pa.

The paternal grandfather was among the early settlers of Cressona, where he was employed for a number of years by the Mine Hill and Schuylkill Haven Railroad, now a part of the Philadelphia and Reading system. He was with this company up to his death, and his remains rest in the Spring Garden cemetery at Cressona. Christopher C. Reick came from Wurtemberg with his parents and is now the superintendent of the Mahanoy planes for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, a position he has held since 1899. Prior to that time he was superintendent of the Gordon planes for several years, but these are now abandoned.

Robert A. Reick is one of three sons born to Christopher C. and Ella J. Reick. Harry L. is a druggist at Mauch Chunk and J. Heilner is a druggist in Philadelphia. Robert A. Reick availed himself of the advantages of the schools of his native borough and graduated at the Dickinson seminary, of Williamsport, in the class of 1893. He then entered the law office of William A. Marr, additional judge of the Schuylkill county courts, as a student, and on Jan. 2, 1899, was admitted to practice in the courts of the county. June 3, 1902, was admitted to practice in the courts of the county. June 3,1902, he was admitted to the supreme court.

Mr. Reick located at Frackville on Feb. 1, 1899, and has since been engaged in the practice of his profession where he has built up a representative clientage. Since March 4, 1899, he has held the position of solicitor for the boroughs of Frackville and Gordon. Politically he is a Democrat, and in 1900 he was the secretary of the county committee of that party. He is a member of District Lodge, No. 823, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Frackville, of which he is a past grand; belongs to Mahanoy City Lodge, No. 695, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; is a past regent of Frackville Council, No. 1656, Royal Arcanum; and is a member of Frackville Council, No. 828. Junior Order of American Mechanics, and of Washington Camp, No. 62, Mr. Reick was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle, daughter of George and Laura (Christian) Bauchman, of Frackville.

[This article can be found in "1907 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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