Page 286, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MILLARD FILMORE SICKLY was born in Livingston County, New York, January 11, 1852. His father, Robert Sickly, a farmer by occupation, was born in New Jersey, and married Elizabeth Gray, born in the same State. A brother and sister of Mrs. Sickly are still in the Empire State, William T. Gray and Mrs. Mary Morris.

The boyhood days of our subject were spent on the old family homestead, where he assisted in the labors of field and garden until he was twenty-one years of age. He then went to California, remaining in the Golden State for a year. Subsequently and for a period of five years he engaged in merchandising in New York. In 1880 he came to Allen County, Kansas, remaining in Iola while a house was being erected on the farm in Elm township which he had purchased. As soon as the new home was completed he took up his abode therein and as the years have passed his labors have wrought great change in the appearance of the farm through the improvements he has added. His work has annually augmented his income and he now has a very desirable property. Mr. Sickly's brother, Alfred, the only other surviving member of the family, is living in the Empire State.

In 1879 Mr. Sickly was united in marriage to Miss Annie L. Bearss, a native of Livingston County, New York, where her people were also born. Her mother belonged to the well known Jerome family of that State, Mr. and Mrs. Sickly have four children: Dumont, Clyde, Bertha and Glenn. Mr. Sickly exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party although his father was a Democrat. He spent his early life on the Atlantic coast, passed one year on the Pacific coast, and is now contentedly living in Kansas, his labors having brought to him creditable success, so that he is now the possessor of a good home here.

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