DANIEL STICK, one of the leading grocers of Vinton, is a native of Adams County, Pa., born May 22, 1831. His parents were Jacob and Mary (Steneour) Stick. His father was a cooper by trade, which occupation he followed until his death, in 1837. On the death of his father, his mother moved to Stark County, Ohio, Daniel accompanying her. They crossed the Alleghany (sic) Mountains before a railroad had been built on this side or the other. In Stark County he was sent to school for three years. At the age of fifteen he commenced to learn the tailor's trade, which occupation he followed for nine years, when he became acquainted with and married Margaret A. Marrietta, who was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1831. She was the daughter of John and Margaret (Mason) Marrietta. The former was a native of Maryland, but moved to Columbiana County, Ohio, at an early day, and there married. Mrs. Stick was one of thirteen children, all of whom are yet living save one. They are David, Isaac, Lydia, Wesley, Cornelia, James H., Malinda J., Mary C., Sarah E., Jacob H. and Curtis C. The one deceased was Albert A. Mr. and Mrs. Marrietta were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The former died in 1870 and the latter in 1881.
Shortly after his marriage, Mr. Stick with his young wife, came West, making the journey with a one-horse wagon. They first located upon a rented farm in Linn County, east of Cedar Rapids, and near the village of Bertram, where they remained until the winter of 1858, when they came to Benton County, locating in Bruce Township, where Mr. Stick entered 160 acres of land and commenced to improve a farm. They continued to reside upon it until 1864. when they removed to Vinton, Mr. Stick soon after embarking in the grocery trade, which business he has since followed. In this and other business enterprises he has been quite successful and has accumulated a sum sufficient to keep him and his family in comfortable circumstances during the remainder of their lives. When he came to Iowa, there was little here to attract the settlers save the broad and beautiful prairie, which only required "to be tickled with a hoe when it would laugh with a harvest." Industry, energy and economy have only accomplished in his case what they will in those of others who will do as he has done. He has relied solely upon his own efforts and exertions to win for him success in life. Nor has his been a success in the sense only of accumulating wealth, but in doing good to others and winning their respect and esteem. He has ever strictly observed that most important factor in the successful business life of any one-honesty. He is careful and conscientious, ever adhering to the dictates of his conscience in all matters.
Mr. and Mrs. Stick are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have two living children — David L., President of the Traders' Bank of Huron, Dak.; he married Miss Lydia Marcellus, a native of New London, N. Y.; they have two children- David C. and Frank. Etta R., wife of John A. Kemp, cashier of the same bank. Mr. Stick is Vice-President of the Traders' Bank at Huron.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 179.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on June 16th, 2007. Copyright © 2007 The IAGenWeb Project.