The Republican Centennial Edition, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa
Thursday, July 12, 1956, Section Two, Page 20

Transcribed by Shirley Plumb, June 30, 2019

Father and Son Partnerships

    The firm of Hicklin & Hicklin originated with Edwin Hicklin, Sr. (1869-1949). He was the son of a pioneer family, and was born in the county. His father was a veteran of the Mexican War and the Civil War. He was known as Ed Hicklin, and after serving as Clerk of the District Court for a number of years was later Postmaster of Wapello. He then operated an abstracting business, and his office was located over what is now the Homecrest store, in the Castle building. His oldest son, E. R. Hicklin, was graduated from the Law School of the University of Iowa in 1917, and after service in the army, he was discharged in January, 1919, father and son joined a partnership for the practice of law and making of abstracts.

    In about 1922 the office was moved across the street over the Citizens State Bank.

    From 1922 to 1926, W. E. Hicklin served as County Attorney; from 1926 to 1931, he was District Committeeman of the Republican Party for the First Congressional District, and during the last year was Secretary of the State organization. In 1930 he was elected to the State Senate, and served three sessions in four years.

    In 1933, Millard F. Hicklin grated from Drake University and joined the firm, which in the meantime had located in the Hale Office Building. Mike served in the Navy in World War II. E. Hicklin served in the Army in the administration of the Army Lend lease program, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

    His son, Edwin A. Hicklin, was a pilot in the 13th Air Force, after the war graduated from the University Law School, and joined the firm in 1948. He is now completing his second term as County Attorney.

    In the meantime M. F. Hicklin (Mike Hicklin) has been chosen as Secretary of the Iowa Association of Railroads, and is now located at Des Moines.

    E. R. Hicklin Sr. has two other sons. Martin D., now a surgeon with the U. S. Public Health service at Bethesda, Md. Charles W., a commercial artist in Chicago.

    Mrs. Hicklin is the former Irene Anderson of Dayton, Iowa.

    In 1952 E. R. Hicklin was chairman of the Eisenhower campaign in Iowa, and was in charge of the contests for delegates between the Taft and Eisenhower forces.

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