Nathan Ricks (1853 - 1929)

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Birthplace: Centerville, Davis, Utah Territory, USA
Death: Died in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, USA
Cause of death: automobile accident
Managed by: James Horne Jr.
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1853 Centerville Davis County Utah, USA

Death: Jan. 1, 1929 Idaho Falls Bonneville County Idaho, USA

(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)

Nathan Ricks is the vice president of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Rexburg and, moreover, is a representative of a family that has been prominently identified with the development and upbuilding of the west for many years. He was born in Centerville, Davis county, Utah, January 17, 1853, and is a son of Joel and Eleanor (Martin) Ricks, who were natives of Kentucky but in 1848 crossed the plains to Utah, driving sheep and cattle along the way as they journeyed westward. They settled at Centerville, Davis county, where Mr. Ricks operated a sawmill in 1848. In 1849 he settled on land and began its development and improvement. His claim was situated along a little creek, which is still called Ricks creek. He continued the improvement of his farm until 1859, when he removed to Logan, Cache county, Utah, and there bought other land which he successfully cultivated throughout the remainder of his days. He passed away in Logan in December, 1888, while the mother died on the 18th of February, 1882.

Nathan Ricks began his education in Davis county, Utah, but was only six years of age when his parents removed to Logan, Cache county, where he continued His studies. His father built the first log cabin in the city of Logan, and the family shared in all of the hardships and privations of pioneer life. Nathan Ricks continued with his parents until he reached the age of twenty-seven years, when he took up farming on his own account by purchasing land seven miles from Logan, in Benson ward. He then bent his energies to the tilling of the soil and year after year gathered good crops until May, 1888, when he removed to Oneida county, Idaho, settling at Rexburg in that part which is now Madison county. He purchased eighty acres of land adjoining the town of Rexburg and this he improved and has since cultivated, transforming it into rich and productive fields. He also owns a section of dry farming land thirty miles from Rexburg, and his four sons also own land in the same locality and are still operating- their respective properties. For twenty years, or until 1916, Nathan Ricks was engaged in sheep raising and still has an interest in the Austin Brothers Sheep company. Turning his attention to other lines, he became one of the organizers of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Rexburg, of which he is now the vice president. He is also a stockholder and one of the directors of the department store of the Henry Flamm Company of Rexburg, and his business interests are of such a nature and extent that he is now deriving there from a very substantial income. While an active factor in sheep raising he made a specialty of handling pure bred Cotswold sheep and became known as one of the prominent sheepmen of his section of the state. He also owns five acres of land in Rexburg, where he resides, and in the early days he lived in a log cabin for a number of years. He has gone through all of the experiences of frontier life and has lived to win a substantial measure of prosperity as the direct reward and outcome of his industry and perseverance.

On the 14th of November, 1879, Mr. Ricks was married to Sarah Ann Taylor and to them were born six children: N. Ray, Eva A., Eleanor T., Mary E., Alfred T. and Joel E. The wife and mother passed away May 2, 1890, and Mr. Ricks was again married on the 18th of July, 1891, to Janet McKinley. They have become the -parents of seven children: Carl V., Edna I., Owen R., Sarah J., Agnes, Francis S. and Thora E. The eldest died September 12, 1904, but the others are all living.

Mr. Ricks is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He filled a two years' mission in New Zealand from 1881 until 1883 and in 1916 went back there on a visit. He is now second counselor to President Austin of the Fremont stake and for nineteen years he was counselor to Bishop Thomas E. Ricks of the first ward. Politically he is an earnest republican and served for one term as state representative from Fremont county. Following the division of the county he was chosen state senator from Madison county and has thus been connected with both branches of the general assembly, where his support of progressive public measures established his position and value as a citizen.


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Parents:
  • Joel Ricks (1804 - 1888)
  • Eleanor Martin Ricks (1807 - 1882)
Spouses:
  • Jeannette McKinlay Ricks (1866 - 1956)
  • Sarah Ann Taylor Ricks (1852 - 1890)*
Children:
  • Alfred T. Ricks (1886 - 1947)*
  • Karl Vernon Ricks (1892 - 1904)*
  • Edna Ione Ricks (1893 - 1965)*
  • Owen Robert Ricks (1895 - 1974)*
  • Sarah Jeanette Ricks Wheeler (1897 - 1990)*
  • Agnes Ricks Anderson (1899 - 1996)*
  • Francis Sherrod Ricks (1901 - 1975)*
  • Thora Ellen Ricks Heileson (1903 - 1971)*

Burial: Rexburg Cemetery Rexburg Madison County Idaho, USA

Maintained by: Chad Kendell Originally Created by: John Warnke (inactive) Record added: Jul 16, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11366040



      
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Nathan Ricks's Timeline

1853
January 17, 1853
Centerville, Davis, Utah Territory, USA
1869
August, 1869
Age 16
1879
November 13, 1879
Age 26
Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT
November 13, 1879
Age 26
November 13, 1879
Age 26
1880
October 4, 1880
Age 27
Salt Lake City,S-Lk,UT
1882
January 28, 1882
Age 29
Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT
1884
May 14, 1884
Age 31
Benson,Cache,UT
1886
April 3, 1886
Age 33
Benson,Cache,UT
1887
October 25, 1887
Age 34
Benson Ward,Logan,Cache,UT