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SURNAMES: HARPER, AUSTIN, CHANDLER,
Bedford Hicks, of the boot and shoe firm of C. Hicks & Co., of Santa Clara, was born at Sackville, Province of New Brunswick, in 1848, where he was reared. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Harper) Hicks. At the age of sixteen he began to learn the trade of shoe-making, at which he worked in his native village until he was twenty-one years of age, when, in 1869, he came over the plains to California, locating at Santa Clara in the fall of that year. In February, 1870, he engaged in manufacturing boots and shoes at Santa Clara, and in August, 1876, he opened a boot and shoe store at the same place. In 1887 his brother, Coleman Hicks, became associated with him in the firm of C. Hicks & Co. Starting out in a business life with nothing but being the master of a good trade, Mr. Hicks has proved to be successful in business, and by his energy he has secured a good patronage from the community in which he has his trade.
December 28, 1876, he was married, at Santa Clara, to Julia C.,
daughter of the late Isaac and Aveline (Austin) Chandler. They
have two children, Harry M. and Bessie A. Mr. Hicks is an Odd
Fellow, being made such by Santa Clara Lodge, No. 52, in the fall of
1871, in which he still holds a membership.
From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California,
Illustrated. - Edited by H.
S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
Proofread by Betty Vickroy