Charles Hickok - M.A. Hanna Company

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Charles Nelson Hickok
Charles Nelson Hickok

Charles Hickok, an executive with the M. A. Hanna Co. and director of many affiliated mining companies was also widely known in Cleveland’s clubs and social circles.

Descended from an early American family that came from England to settle in Connecticut in 1635, Mr. Hickok made an extensive study of his family tree and of the genealogies of other Americans. He achieved great note in genealogical circles as president of the Cleveland Genealogical Society; life member of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the Institute of American Genealogy, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. He was the author and publisher of a 450-page  compilation of his research, The Hickok Genealogy.”

Charles Nelson Hickok was born on August 1, 1879, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of William and Louisa Hickok. Charles was educated at Harrisburg Academy from 1890 to 1894, then on to St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire from 1894 to 1897, and graduating from Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University in 1900, where he was a member of the Book and Snake Society.

Following his graduation, Hickok became affiliated with the Latrobe Steel & Coupler Co., of Chicago. In 1903, he went to Dayton, Ohio as manager of railroad sales of the Dayton Malleable Iron Co., where he remained until his move to Cleveland in 1905 when he became manager of iron ore sales with M. A. Hanna & Co.

He was vice-president and director of American Boston Mining Company, Consumers Ore Company, LaRue Mining Company, Richmond Iron Company, Virginia Ore Mining Company, Wakefield Iron Company, Virginia Ore Mining Company, Wakefield Iron Company, Wanlianabe Company, and American Construction Company. He was vice-president of Hanna Ore Mining Company, XoKay Iron Company, and Pittsburgh Iron Ore Company and a director of Bates Iron Company, LaBelle Steamship Company, and Virginia Steamship Company.

He was also affiliated with mining circles as treasurer of the Lake Superior Iron Ore Association, a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute, and a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. Other memberships included the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coal Oven Association, Southern Ohio Pig Iron Association.

Hickok was a four-term Bratenahl councilman from 1920 through 1939, treasurer of the Red Cross Cleveland Branch, and served on various home committees during World War I.

He was a member of Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Booli & Snake Fraternity at Yale and Cloister at Yale. Locally he belonged to The Country, Pepper Pike, Kirtland Country, Tavern, and Union clubs plus the University Club of Chicago, Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, Kitchl Gammi Club of Duluth, and the Yale Club of New York City.

Charles was a bachelor. He died at his Bratenahl home on September 11, 1945, and buried in Harrisburg Cemetery in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.