Robert Hicks by Marie Sabin
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Source: "The Jolley Family Book" published by Brigham Young University Press 1966, written by Bryant Manning Jolley and his committee.
Robert Hicks, the fourth son of George Armstrong Hicks and Elizabeth Holley Hicks, was born 9 March 1861 at Spanish Fork, Utah. In this area he spent most of his life as a farmer, rancher, and prospector.
He married Emma Caroline Moore 25 December 1882, daughter of Joseph and Emma Cook Moore. A short time after their marriage they lived in a little settlement in Spanish Fork Canyon, called Clinton. There were only a few families there and Robert’s father. George Armstrong Hicks, was the Postmaster. It was here his second and third daughters, Emma and Maud, were born. The first child, Elizabeth, being born in Spanish Fork, Utah. There were 14 children born to this couple, but only eight lived to maturity, four boys and four girls. Among those that died in infancy was a set of twins.
The family was poor and had quite a struggle. They lived in Clinton for about five years and then moved back to Spanish Fork where Joseph, James W., the twins, Nephi and Robert, were born.
In 1892 Robert Hicks’ brother, James, who live at Orderville in Southern Utah died, leaving a lot of stock to be taken care of, so Robert again moved his family, this time to Orderville. This was a very bad move financially, as a drought hit that part of the country and lasted for four years. Many people lost all they had and went hungry and in want for the necessities of life. It was here that the next three children, Leland Harris, Wallace Moore, and William Edward, were born. Later the family moved back to Spanish Fork where Mary Isabell, Merrill Blaine and John Willard were born.
While his son, George, was serving on the front line in the First World War, his wife died 14 December 1918, due to the influenza epidemic. He never remarried though he lived 20 years and 7 months after her death. During these years he lived at Roosevelt, Utah, where he supported and reared the children that were unmarried. There he lived on a ranch and did quite well financially raising alfalfa seed. He loved to visit his children that were married and took special interest in his grandchildren.
Robert Hicks was of Irish descent, with a dynamic personality, piercing black eyes, a strong will and a mind of his own. He was very proud and had a keen sense of humor. He had red, slightly wavy hair. His stately head was at least 6 feet in the air on straight broad shoulders. Even in his latter years he stood straight and erect. He could outdo his grandchildren doing bending exercises. He loved literature and poetry. He always carried a poem or two in his pockets or glass case and often recited a verse to put over a point of discussion. His memory was very keen up until he died. He spent hours during his latter years visiting with Orson Huish, a composer of many of the L.D.S. Hymns, in Payson, Utah.
Robert died 28 July 1939 at Spanish Fork, Utah from a sudden heart seizure.