Paul Frick, machinist, Jonesboro IL, was born July 9, 1816 in Rowan County NC. His great grandparents came from Switzerland about 1740, settling in Bucks County PA. Their son Rudolph was born there, but afterward moved to Rowan County in 1755.
His son (Rudy), Jacob Frick was born in Pennsylvania. Jacob Frick was married in Rowan County to Elizabeth Earnhart who was the mother of 12 children of whom Paul Frick was the youngest.
Jacob Frick was a soldier in the Revolutionary War serving mostly under General Rutherford and afterward drawing a pension. (See Pension application of Jacob).
Out subject came to this county with his parents in 1823 arriving on Christmas Day. He attended subscription schools and paid his own way by making and selling split bottom chairs., walking 3 miles night and morning to school.
Mr. Frick was a farmer by occupation in early life and then learned and followed the Cooper Trade for 15 years. (note: Tony F take note)
In 1854, he opened a machine and farm implement shop which he continues to this day. He has retired from active life having lived a full life.
Mr. Frick has been married twice, first to Hannah McIntosh, daughter of John and Mary McIntosh. She was the mother of 7 children.
He was married the 2nd time after the death of Hannah on 5-14-1863. He married a Mrs. Nancy Walker, daughter of Robert and Catherine Hunsaker Hargrave. He
Mr. Frick is a member of the Baptist Church.
He was elected County Commissioner in 1841. The office now is County Judge and he was a magistrate for 13 years and Mayor of Jonesboro for 13 years. Our subjects life has been prosperous yet his prosperity is the result of hard toil and perserverence.
Mr. Frick is the owner of 580 acres all around the city of Jonesboro and Union county, and all of his acreage is well improved.
Mr. Frick is the strongest kind of Democrat, hoping to live and die within the fold of that grand old party.