BIGELOW, Lucias
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BIGELOW, Lucious S., general manager and secretary of the W. O. Hickok Manufacturing Company, Harrisburg, Pa., and its active head sincegthe spring of 1888, was born in Homer, Courtland county, N. Y., September 6, 1859. During his childhood Mr. Bigelow lived in Homer, N. Y., Jackson, Mich., Silver Creek, N. Y. , and Buffalo, N. Y. A:0t the last named place, he, as a youth, took a lively interest in the art of printing, and started in an amateur way a printing office, in a building adjoining the rear of the family homestead. Some time later he took into partnership a brother, now of Boston, then connected with one of the Buffalo banks.

Business increased, and by degrees this small office grew into prominence. It was removed into the business portion of the city, and conducted under the firm name of Bigelow Bros.. to which firm, later, a third brother, then connected with the auditing department of the F. and P. M. railway at East Saginaw, Mich., was admitted to partnership, the business having been again extended.

Later. the founder of this well-known concern, receiving a flattering proposition from a company of large lumber operators, took a responsible position with them which at times called him into Pennsylvania. During these trips into the Keystone State Mr. Bigelow met and subsequently married Miss Sarah Esther Harris, born in Harrisburg, and one of the few living direct descendants of John Harris, who settled on the present site of Harrisburg, and of John Harris, his son, the founder of the city which bears his name, and who gave to the State of Pennsylvania, for the site of a State house, the beautiful spot upon which that building now stands, and to the city of Harrisburg "Market Square," for market purposes.

Although Mr. Bigelow's lumber connections were in Tonawanda, near Buffalo, N. Y., the largest lumber shipping point in the world, he decided to live in Harrisburg, making that city the center of the territory which he controlled and conducted in the sales department of the business. During his early residence in Harrisburg ', Mr. Bigelow met many of the business men of that city, and receiving one day a request to drop into the office of one of these gentlemen, be complied, and was there told that the board of directors of the W. 0. Hickok Manufacturing Company had at a recent meeting decided to offer for his acceptance the position of general manager and secretary of that company. This suggestion was an entire surprise to Mr. Bigelow, since he had known nothing of the proposed plan, but his early training in printing and bookbinding having' well fitted him to conduct the mechanical end of the Hickok Company's business, which is the manufacturing of bookbinder's and paper ruler's machinery, and his experience in later years having fitted him to conduct the office, sales department and general business, he finally, after deliberation, decided to accept the offer, although in doing so he gave up a very desirable position and business. Certain suggestions made by the directors of the Hickok Company decided him to make the change. The business has prospered under Mr. Bigelow's management; its line of manufactures has received material additions, thus enlarging its field of usefulness and profit. The concern is doing a large foreign as well as domestic business. The recent addition of a bicycle department to the line of manufactures of the Hickok Company was purely the outcome of suggestions and investigations made by Mr. BigeIow. His untiring efforts, coupled with a highly expert assistant in the foreman of that department, whom he has secured from another city, bids fair to make of it a marked success. They will build the highest grade of wheels.

Mr. Bigelow is a stockholder in the J. H. McFarland Printing Company, a member of the Board of Trade of Harrisburg and the secretary of the Association of American Manufacturers. In his political views he is a Republican. He is a member of Market Square Presbyterian church and is solo bass in its choir. He is a trustee of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. The children of Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow are: Katharine, Harris Storres and Allen Caryl.

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Date of Transcription: 19 Nov 2000

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