JOHN A. SICKLING, farmer, P. O. Ullin. The earliest settler in this precinct is the man whose name heads this sketch. This gentleman was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 5, 1828, and was a son of Casper and Eve Sickling. He received an education in his native tongue, and has since his advent to this country obtained a knowledge of the English language. In the old country, he also learned the cabinet-maker's trade. August 20, 1846, he landed in New Orleans, and from there came to Columbus, Ky., where he worked on a farm for about eighteen months; he then went to Clinton, Ky., and in that town he followed his trade for several years. In 1854, he came to Ullin, and at first worked at the carpenter's trade, putting up, among other buildings, the hotel at that place. In 1862, he purchased his present farm of 100 acres in Section 32, Town 14, Range 1 east. Of this, there are about sixty acres in cultivation. He still follows his trade some. In 1882, he erected a store room on his farm, where he now carries a stock of about $500, supplying his neighbors with the necessities of life. He was married, January 7, 1849, to Eliza Hudson, a native of Clinton, Ky., and a daughter of Richard and Mary (Baldwin) Hudson. This lady is the mother of four children, two of whom are now living — Matilda (wife of S. C. Wilson, of Ullin), and John H. (now farming upon part of his father's place). Our subject is a member of Caledonia Lodge, No. 47, A., F. & A. M., and in politics is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 330.