Lee County Biography


Andrew J. Nickey, proprietor of the Ashton Creamery, was born in East Berlin, Adams Co. PA April 25, 1851. His father, Henry Nickey was also a native of that state and county, where his mother, who bore the name of Elizabeth Dierdorff, departed this life.

The original of this sketch passed his early years in his native town and on attaining his eighteenth year came to Franklin Grove and followed his trade of a blacksmith. He was thus engaged for a 12 month when he returned to his native state and in the town of York was similarly engaged for a year and a half. Then removing to Columbia County, same State, he was employed as passenger brakeman on the railroad for seven years and in 1880 again coming to Lee County, he established the creamery business in Franklin Grove, remaining in that place for about six months; he then removed to Ashton, where for a year and a half he did a thriving grain trade. At the expiration of hat time, he engaged in his present business in which he has been more than ordinarily successful.

Andrew J. Nickey was married in York PA to Mary Wisman, who was also a native of that place and departed this life Dec. 18, 1889, at Ashton, this county. To them were born two children, Hattie V. and Clinton D. He of whom we write has held many important local offices, being a member of the village committee for a number of terms. He is actively connected with the Presbyterian Church, of which body he is Elder, and to which denomination his wife and children were also born.

The product of the Ashton Creamery is disposed of in the Philadelphia and New York markets and by this industry Mr. Nickey is reaping a handsome competence. He is very public-spirited and stands high in the esteem of his fellow-townsmen by whom he is regarded as one of the representative citizens of the county.

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