Lee County Biography

E.A. Sickels M.D.


EDWARD A. SICKELS, physician and surgeon, Dixon, Ill., was born at North Dixon, Ill., Oct. 3, 1866, son of Rev. E.C. and Caroline P. (Dunham) Sickels. Rev. E.C. Sickels was pastor of the First Presbyterian church at Dixon for thirty-five consecutive years. Edward A. Sickels attended the North Dixon public schools and graduated from the high school when seventeen years of age. He afterwards attended the Dixon Normal School for five years, graduating from the commercial and scientific departments, and, during, his attendance, paid his own expenses by manual labor in the brick and tile factory at Morrison, Ill., where, for a time, he had charge of a large force of men. In 1887 he entered the railway mail service, running ten years, and as his duties would permit during the last five years of his service, attended the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating with honors from that institution in 1897. Resigning his position in the mail service in the latter year, he entered the Hahnemann Hospital, Chicago, where he remained one year, and then came to Dixon, Ill., where he has since practiced his profession with successful results. In 1899 the Doctor lectured weekly on the subject of anatomy in the Hahnemann College, and also had charge of the surgical clinic in that institution. He is a member of the Rock River Institute of Homeopathy, Clinical Society of Chicago, National Institute of Homeopathy, is on the hospital staff at Dixon, formerly held a position on the surgical staff of the Hahnemann Hospital, and is Examining Physician for the Banker's Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Maccabees, Knights of the Globe and Royal Circle. September 25, 1901, the Doctor was married to Jeanne Wood, daughter of the Rev. Wood, who is now connected with the mission work of the Dutch-Reformed church. In religious belief he is a Presbyterian, and in political views a Republican.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell


Dr. E. A. Sickels, a medical practitioner of Dixon of the homeopathic school and well versed in all the intricacies and scientific phases of the profession, was born in Lee county in 1866, his parents being E. C. and Caroline (Dunham) Sickels. The father came to Lee county in 1862 from Indianapolis and the following year he brought his family. Representatives of the Sickels family have lived in Indianapolis since the founding of that city. Rev. E. C. Sickels was a minister of the Presbyterian church and for thirty-seven years filled a pastorate at Dixon, his labors constituting a most forceful and important element in the moral progress of the city. He was an earnest and convincing speaker but taught perhaps no more through precept than by his upright godly life, which embodied the teachings that he so earnestly strove to impress upon the minds of his hearers. That he was so long retained in a single pastorate is proof of the fact that he was neither denied the full harvest nor the aftermath of his labors. He died in the year 1909 and his memory remains as a blessed benediction to all who knew him. His widow survives and makes her home in this city. They had a family of five children.

Dr. Sickels, after benefitting by the educational opportunities offered in the public schools, entered Dixon College and there completed his general education, graduating from the scientific department. He then served ten years as a railroad postal clerk.

During the last four years he attended the Hahnemann Medical College at Chicago and graduated in 1897. For a year thereafter he practiced in that city as interne in the Hahnemann Hospital and then returned to Dixon, opening an office. He is conscientious and faithful in the discharge of his professional duties and, specializing in surgery and obstetrics, has done much important work in these difficult branches of the profession. He is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, the Rock River Institute of Homeopathy, the Illinois State Homeopathic Medical Society, the American Institute of Homeopathy and of the American Medical Association.

In 1901 Dr. Sickels was united in marriage to Miss Jeanne Wood, of Des Moines, Iowa, and they are pleasantly located in an attractive home in Dixon, the hospitality of which is greatly enjoyed by their many friends. Dr. Sickels is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He finds his chief recreation in hunting and when leisure gives him opportunity he makes trips to various sections, having shot big game all over America. He is never neglectful of his professional obligations, however, and is continually promoting his efficiency through broad reading and research.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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