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1889 - 1960 John Charles Feick (Charlie)

From the book Building America, A History of the Family Feick (Feik-Fike) by Anita Gundlach Feick, pages 81-83

J. Charles Feick

"Charlie", the only child of John A. Feick and Lizzie Zipfel, never left home. He and Mylitta Taubert were married while Charlie was attending college, Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. Charlie came home from school one weekend and Mylitta went back to Pittsburgh with him. An elopement! They were married in Canada at Niagara Falls. Mylitta said "it was very thrilling and romantic". 

Mylitta never had a home of her own. They always lived with his parents. Charlie always worked for his father and never received a paycheck. Any money to spend they had to ask "pa" for. They could have anything they wanted but the money came from "pa". Mylitta on two different occasions had houses rented and was ready to move but "pa" cried and she relented. So they stayed . she never had to get up with the children at night - grandpa did. For new clothes, a corset, a buggy for the baby - she could have anything she wanted - but she had to ask.

And the children loved grandpa (papa they called him) and he loved the children. They were practically the only children in the Zipfel family. The Zipfel family was a large one but not prolific. the Zipfel sisters spent every afternoon at the Feick's with sister Lizzie. The Feick children were surrounded by adults. 

The only furniture in the house that Mylitta could move (and how women love to move furniture!) was her bedroom. Like all women she rearranged the room one day and then went off to visit her parents down the street. After dark, Charlie came to her parents house to get her and he was furious! It seems he went into their bedroom to change clothing and sat on the bed, or where it had been, without turning on the light. she never again moved a piece of furniture. 

Charlie always wore vests. He found them very convenient for his business. He took them to the tailor and had the pockets elongated so his 6 foot rule fit in one and pencils etc., fit in one and the others could hold the various things a builder needs at hand. Various prominent businessmen who were friends would save the vests from their suits for him. When Tom was married the bride's family were disappointed for they were so hoping he would come wearing one of his famous vests.

Mylitta was a beautiful young girl and a beautiful woman. Would you believe that young men drank wine from her shoe? steal kisses? True.

Mylitta had only one brother who was named after the uncle Christian Strobel. Christy married twice. Divorced from his first wife, Alice, the children of this first marriage were reared by their grandparents, Lewis and Katherine Strobel Taubert who lived on Monroe Street. Christy then married Ruth Meinert and had one son, Richard, who lived in Sandusky until recently. Uncle Christy and Ruth were divorced after Richard was grown. Christy lived with Mr. & Mrs. Reed Brinker on Central Avenue and in a state of depression, he took his own life. Both of his wives remained friends of the family. Alice, the first wife, was a beautiful, beautiful woman. Her second husband was Greek and they often came to Sandusky to visit with Mylitta and Charlie Feick.

For ten years we, Edward and I. lived next door to Charlie and Mylitta on Decatur Street. The house was small and five children filled it to overflowing. But when we decided that we would move, Charlie was unhappy. He loved having the children around. He used to take Mary Anna with him on the truck and would buy her clothes, especially when he went to Huron to Gunzenhausers' Department Store. He called her "Windy" Feick (a reference to an uncle of mine who was always called Windy Gundlach) for she would entertain him with long discourses. 

Charlie had always used bad language - utilizing many four-letter words. Surprisingly, none of his children ever acquired the habit of swearing and it has always been a rarity to hear one of them doing so. But, one day, Charlie was standing in front of our little house on Decatur Street talking with one of the very prominent men of the city when his cute, tiny, little three-year-old granddaughter in her pigtails and pinafore came over to them and said "Get your G--D--- feet off our gwass." Astounded, grandpa said, "What did you say, honey?", so in her little high baby voice she repeated herself.... and grandpa watched his language from then on. 

Charlie sat down to eat at noon sharp. Didn't matter who was or was not there; no waiting. Not only did Charlie eat dinner at noon sharp but he ate his dessert first. that was just in case there was not room for it when he finished dining. And if the dessert was pie, or cake, or pudding or whatever...a scoop of ice cream went on top....and it did not matter what kind of pie or what kind of ice cream. There were some great combinations. 

Grandmother Mylitta fed at noon whoever was around - children, friends, salesmen - there was always room for one more a the little round table in the kitchen. 

And she had a most inconvenient kitchen. No cupboards in the kitchen....everything was kept in the pantry...no counters in the pantry... it was walk, walk, walk, walk. Finally Charles remodeled the old kitchen and made it into a modern serviceable one,  a joy to work in. 

As all builders do, Charlie took care of his own house last, and one of my favorite stories, and which I related to each of my daughters-in-law as I acquired them is the story Mylitta told me when I married Edward. It seems she always wanted a washing machine and some laundry tubs. Especially the laundry tubs, for as the bulk of the dirty clothing went to Uncle Lewis Feick's "Mahala Laundry" there were always the dainties that had to be hand washed. Finally laundry tubs were ordered for 321 Decatur and they sat outside of the back door until time was found to install them. They sat there for five years until Mylitta finally had one of the workmen remove them to the warehouse in back and so ended the laundry tubs. My thoughts as she related this to me, were, "maybe YOUR husband but not MINE!!!!" Oh, yes? I, too, found out that builders are tired of building and when they return home they are not too interested in doing more of the same thing. Home looks good the way it is - not the way it should be or the way you would like it to be. It takes a builder longer.

by Anita Gundlach Feick


"Charlie" Feick did not do his drafting on a conventional drafting board. Instead he sat in a Jefferson type chair that has the right arm ending in a flat writing surface. On this he put a small drawing board and he drew in pencil much smaller than the conventional drawings. His tracings are small works of art.

From Sandusky newspaper March 16, 1919

Feick and Kibbe may be matched this week

Feick and Kibbe, leader and runner up in the city championship pocket billiard tourney now being staged at Ackley's parlors, may be matched to play one of their contests this week. A decision has not been reached as yet as tot he schedule for the week.

Due to the fact Vanderpool has dropped out of the playing some trouble is being experienced in framing a schedule for the week. It will not be completed until some time Monday. To date Feick has shown the best form in his games and may be returned a winner of the tourney. Kibbe until he lost to Gray the past week had also been going at a nice clip.

This is the fourth week of the play scheduled to go six weeks. At least one stellar contest will be arranged each of the three remaining weeks to keep up interest in the matches.

Note: Charlie Feick, as well as being a good dancer and an expert locksmith was also a pool shark, and excellent billiard player. - Anita Feick

Note: Jimmy Sumser, who worked for Grandpa Feick told me once that if a pool shark came to town and people lost money to him, they would fetch Charlie to win the money back. - Barbara Feick Gregory


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