Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland. January 5, 1909.
END CAME LAST NIGHT.
Mr. Wickard Was One of the Best Known Printers in the County and Had Been Employed on a Number of Papers.
Mr. Thompson Wickard, one of the oldest and best known printers, died at 90 North Centre Street, at eight o'clock last night where he resided with his sister, Miss Clara Wickard, aged 60 years. Mr. Wickard commenced to learn the printer's art when a small boy under the late Col. Will H. Lowdermilk. He worked in the composing room of the Daily News for sixteen years without interruption. He set type in nearly all the Cumberland newspaper offices at one time or another during his career. He was employed on various papers, the names of which are no longer familiar having been absorbed by others or having passed out of existence. An interruption in his long service as a compositor was when he was for several years a salesman in the furnishing story which was once conductied by Mr. John T. Fey, on North Centre street.
The death of Mr. Wickard's wife on November 19, 1906, was a hard blow, and this was accentuated by the death of his mother, Mrs. Jane. M. Wickard, on September 8?, 1908. Mr. Wickard's death is the fourth in the immediate family in less than three years. A nephew, Charles Lester Wickard, son of C. H. Wickard, died in September, 1907.
Mr. Wickard was a son of the late Jacob Wickard, one of the leading business men of Cumberland, and Jane Carlton Wickard.
Mr. Wickard was sick eight weeks. He contracted grip which was followed by pleurisy and then tuberculosis developed. In April, 2907, Mr. Wickard took employment on the Cumberland American that he might have day work. His loyalty, good nature and his ripe knowledge of the business, combined to make him a most valuable man in the printshop and he was so regarded both by employer and co-worker.
Mr. Wickard was a diligent reader and he had a wide knowledge of affairs. Of rather a retiring disposition, he devoted his leisure moments largely to reading.
Mr. Wickard was a leading member of Cumberland Typographical Union, No. 421. He is survived by three brothers, Messrs. James B., J. William and Charles H. Wickard, of Cumberland, and three sisters, Mrs. H. F. Criss, Clarksburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Wm. F. Frantz, and Miss Clara Wickard, of Cumberland.
The funeral will take place tomorrow, 06 Jan 1909, at 2:30 p.m. Services will be held at the late home of the deceased and interment will made in the German Lutheran Cemetery.
1854–1906 (m. 1873)
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