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From: "The Amicks" <>
Subject: [MCKINLEY-JACOB] Louie Brown Grover Amick
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 08:43:24 -0600

Louie (correct name) Brown Grover married James William Amick. From this
marriage, a son, Grover Shaw Amick was born. My name is Grover Shaw Amick,

JACOB WILLIAM AMICK (March 4, 1858 - December 25, 1927)

The lineage of Jacob has been traced back to a Jacob S. Amick, who, with his
wife came from Frankfurt, Germany to Baltimore, Maryland some time prior to
1790, the exact date is unknown nor is there any information regarding their
life in Germany.

They had two children:
Jacob Amick (1790 - May 24,1858)
Rachel Amick (?) married a Mr. Wolf

Jacob Amick was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1790. He served in the war of
1812 (served as a private in Captain John D. Miller's Co., Maryland Militia,
and was probably enlisted and discharged at Baltimore, MD) and in 1815
became one of the pioneers of the City of Wheeling, Virginia (now West
Virginia). He married Elizabeth Withrow (1792 - 1864) at Mt. Pleasant,
Ohio. She was born near Winchester, VA in 1792 and died in Wheeling in 1864.
He engaged in brick manufacturing, and for many years was also one of the
leading ice dealers, becoming quite prominent and well known. He died May
24, 1858.

Seven children were born of them:
Mary (1818 - 1872) married Maybury
Henrietta (1820 - 1856) married Forsythe
Elizabeth (1824 - 1903) married Jefferson
Jane (1826 - 1903) married Britt
William Winthrow (1829 - 1849)
Marcus Wilson (1832 - 1917) mentioned below
Rachel (1835 - 1920) married Mooney

Marcus Wilson Amick was born at Wheeling in 1832. He succeeded his father
in the ice business and continued the same until 1870, when he retired from
that and all other active business. He was married in 1857 to Laura H.
Maybury (1835 - 1898), daughter of Rev. W. R. Maybury, one of the first
Baptist ministers of the city.

Marcus and Laura had seven children:
Marcus W. (1859 - 1860)
Samuel W. (1861 - 1862)
Thomas Edwards (1863-1947) married Clara Nichols
Jacob William (March 4, 1858 - December 25, 1927) mentioned below
Mary E. (1864 - 1864)
Mary Elizabeth (1866 - 1950) married Harry Kasley
Ella Lorraine (1867 - 1964) married Harry L. Bond
Charles Howard (1872 - 1881) *

[* Died at 9 years old from Tetanus caused by a wad from a blank cartridge,
and had previously lost a leg while playing on the Penna. R. R. turn-table
in North Wheeling]

Jacob William Amick became one of the leading young merchants of Wheeling.
His establishment at 1143 & 1145 Main Street was the leading wholesale and
retail boot and shoe house of the city. Mr. Amick was born in Wheeling on
March 4, 1858, and was reared in the city. In 1871 he began his connection
with the boot and shoe trade as a clerk, and four years later he formed a
partnership with W. H. Forster, under the firm name of Forster & Amick. They
successfully conducted the establishment until 1889, when Mr. Amick became
the proprietor by purchase of the whole business. He conducted the business
as sole owner until January 1, 1887, when Harry L. Bond, his brother-in-law
was admitted as a partner, and the firm of J. W Amick & Co. was formed. The
business had hitherto been exclusively retail, but the new firm added the
wholesale department at once, and the firm was very successful. J. William
Amick (as he was now known) was active in the community as well, having
served as an active member of the First Baptist church, as superintendent of
the Sunday school, and vice-president of the YMCA. In about 1900 he came to
Maine and associated himself with a Mr. A. W Shaw, who for many years was a
well-known shoe manufacturer in Freeport. For several years Mr. Amick made
his home at the Columbia Hotel while connected with the Freeport business.
On April 4, 1906, he married Mrs. Louie Grover Fisher of Lynn, daughter of
the late J. J. Grover a well-known shoe manufacturer in that city for many
years. Mr. & Mrs. Amick for some years maintained an attractive home in
Yarmouth, spending some of their winters in Portland. During his residence
in Portland, he was an active member of the former Free Baptist Church, now
a part of Immanuel Baptist Church, and was superintendent of their Sunday
school for some time. In 1912 they relocated to Boston, residing at 50 St.
Paul Street, Brookline, and entered the real estate and mortgage business,
in which he was engaged at the time of his death. In late 1927, he had not
been in the best of health for some weeks, but had been about and had
attended church on Sunday. Monday, while sitting in his home with his wife
and others quietly observing Christmas, he was suddenly taken ill and died
almost instantly.

There were three surviving children in the household:
Doris Louise Fisher (June 3, 1891 - 1975) married Dean Thomas
Florence M. Fisher (August 6, 1896 - 1970) married Rudolph Cooper
Grover Shaw Amick (May 9, 1907 - August 29, 1982) mentioned below

GROVER SHAW AMICK was born on May 9th, 1907 in Yarmouth, Maine to Jacob
William Amick and Louie Brown Grover Amick and was named Grover Shaw Amick.
The Grover was from his mother's maiden name and the Shaw was from one of
his father's business partners. There were two older daughters (Florence and
Doris) from Louie's prior marriage to Walter F. Fisher who died in January
of 1897. Jacob and Louie were married on April 4th, 1906. Jacob was very
successful in the shoe business in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia)
and Freeport, Maine before moving to Boston, Mass in 1912 and engaging in
the real estate and mortgage business. Louie's father, James Jacob Grover
was a pioneer of the shoe business in Lynn, MA and subsequently was one of
the prominent members of that community and head of "J. J. Grover" a large
shoe manufacturing business.

He grew up in the very wealthy and influential Brookline area of Boston (50
St. Paul St.), which was reportedly next door to the Graces (of the W. T.
Grace Co.) and down the street from the Kennedy's. The household included
maids, a nanny and a chauffeur, and young Grover did not want for anything.
He had music in his blood as evidenced by his musical activities at the
prestigious Staunton Military Academy in Virginia. He graduated in 1925 and
began engineering studies at Carnage Tech, dropping out in 1927 upon the
death of his father, as well as to attend to his sick mother who eventually
died in 1931 of cancer.
He then embarked on a musical career, playing the trumpet as his primary
instrument, but was also proficient on the melaphone and French horn (his
personal favorite). His pursuit of a musical career did not set well with
the staid Bostonians, and he was considered a renegade and the close family
ties were severed and never mended.
He played in various bands during the summer, most often in Yarmouth, NS
where the parents had a summer residence, but he also played at other summer
resorts in the Northeast. During the winter months he would play in
speakeasies and bars in the Boston area. It was during one of these summers
that he was playing in Norway, Maine when he happened into a drugstore.
After he sat down, he noticed an attractive girl and stated that he was
going to marry her, and he did! He and Ina Heikkinen were married in March
of 1933. Their first child, Florence, was born exactly nine months later on
December 14, 1933.
Ina Heikkinen was the third child of Renne Heikkinen and Amanda Heilttunen,
both of who had emigrated from Finland in 1905 (due to "pink eye", Amanda
was sent back and successfully emigrated in 1906). They eventually acquired
a small farm with a modest herd of milk cows in South Paris, Maine and
raised their three children. The children were Eino (Americanized to Eaino),
Helli (Americanized to Ella) and Aino (Americanized to Ina). After
graduating from South Paris High School, Ina was working as a domestic for a
wealthy South Paris family, and one day had dropped into the drugstore to
visit with a girlfriend when Grover walked in. They married and settled in
Boston, where he continued his musical career.
In 1937 the Amick family moved to South Paris, Maine and Grover worked as a
machinist for the South Paris Manufacturing Co. During WWII, he worked at
the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a machinist and participated in the
building of submarines. At this time, the family moved to Portsmouth, NH
for a brief period. They then moved to Kennebunk, Maine, remaining there
until Grover transferred to the Navy Department in Washington, DC in 1956 as
a mechanical designer, specializing in submarine hydraulic systems. At the
conclusion of the war in 1945, he resumed active participation in his
musical career, serving as the Band Director of the York High School band,
and conducting the summer concert series at the York Beach Pavilion. He
resumed work at the naval shipyard during the Korean conflict until he
relocated to Washington. His last few years as a government employee were
spent with the US Coast & Geodetic Survey in Washington and eventually
Seattle, Washington. He retired from Civil Service 1972 and died on August
29, 1982 in Ft. Myers, Florida. His wife, three children, seven
grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren survived him. Ina Heikkinen,
his wife, died November 29, 2000 in Austin, Texas after a lengthy struggle
with Alzheimer's.

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