From the book Building America, A History of the Family
Feick (Feik-Fike) by Anita Gundlach Feick, page 35
Johann Philipp Feick
Feick, the oldest son of Johann Philipp Feick and Elizabeth Catharine Klinger
Feick, was born in Steinau, Hesse Darmstadt, on August 31, 1829. At the age of
20, in 1849, he came to the United States and settled in Sandusky. Before coming
to the states, he, his brother Adam, and his sister Elizabeth, planted spruce
trees on the Feick homestead in Steinau. (In 1981 these three trees are still
For seven years he
worked for Adam Bauer, learning the carpentry trade. In 1856 he began his own
contracting and building business from which he retired several years before his
death. In his last years he lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Emma and
Henry Hasselbach, on Campbell Street, they having built their home on a portion
of Adam Feick's "farm".
On July 17, 1856
Johann Philipp was married to Johanna Karolina Steuk who was born January 9,
1834 in Jastrow, Prussia. The name is sometimes Anglicized to Anna Caroline. She
was the daughter of Johann Steuk and Renate Mittelstaet, who were born in
Prussia, moved to Poland and from there to Doneuvitz, Podolia, Russia, where
Johann was a maker of cloth. At this time both Poland and Russia were making
very attractive offers to the industrious Germans to come and settle in their
countries and to bring their industrious ways with them. Johann Steuk died in
1852 and his wife Renate died in 1857. Anna Caroline had one sister who married
and stayed in Russia and also one brother William Edward Steuk who came to
Sandusky with his wife and children. It is to be assumed that William Edward
Steuk brought with him his young sister Johanna to help with the children on the
voyage and also because Russia was becoming very unfriendly to their German
Johann Philipp and
Anna Carline were married by their Zion Lutheran Church pastor, Rev. Dornbirer.
Five children were born of this union but only the daughter survived infancy.
Emma Louise Renate married Heinrich (Henry) Hasselbach, a painter, on December
3rd, 1880 and Rev. Jacob Dornbirer of Zion Lutheran Church performed the
ceremony. They built a home at 305 Campbell Street (now 1401) on land that they
purchased from J. Philipp Feick's brother Adam. The house stands on the corner
of Campbell Street and Polk Street. J. Philipp Feick was a carpenter and builder
but the loss of four sons was difficult and often his brothers Adam and George
finished jobs that he had started.
Emma and Henry
Hasselbach had one son, Alexander, born in 1881. Alexander was a bookkeeper, not
married, and died very young, at age 20 of peritonitis. This branch of the
family died with Alexander.
The graves of Uncle
Philip and his wife Johanna tell a sad story. Four tiny identical monuments
marking the graves of their four tiny sons. In front of these small graves lie
Philip and Johanna with the graves of H. Hasslebach and Emma L. Feick on each
side of their only son Alexander.