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Andrew Nickle, hardware dealer at Sharpsville, was born in Hickory township, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, June 2, 1863, a son of Andrew J. Nickle, who was born in Venango county, Pennsylvania, Rockland township, September 17, 1835, and he was the son of Andrew and Sallie Ann (Huffman) Nickle. The last named Andrew Nickle was born in Philadelphia, November 23, 1804, and died May 4, 1890. His wife was born in New Jersey, June 24, 1809, and died January 27, 1882. They married in Venango county, and had eleven children, including Martha, Andrew J., Martin V., Jane, Sarah Ann and Susan. The father was a stone mason, also a foundryman, and came to Mercer county in 1862, locating in Pine Holler, later going to Sharpsville, where he spent the balance of his days. He belonged to the United Brethren church and politically was a Democrat.
Andrew J. Nickle spent his boyhood days at home until nine years of age, when he started out driving a mule cart, drawing fuel with which to melt iron ore; he drove a hack later for about one year, then drove a six-mule team, when but twelve years of age, hauling charcoal and iron ore. Subsequently, he bought four mules and became a teamster, in company with his brother Martin. He first went to Mercer county in the month of February. 1862, and was boating coal. Later he worked for J. J. Spearman in the furnace business and still later became a foundry- man. In 1868 he took charge of the General Pierce furnace and continued there until 1875, going from that furnace to the Douglas furnace, where he remained up to 1887, then taking charge of the James B. Pierce furnace, as foreman, continuing until 1904, when he became inspector of foundry iron at the Shenango furnace. In his church faith he is Methodist Episcopal and in politics his choice is the Democratic party.
Mr. Nickle married Nancy Jane Barnacal, January 27, 1857. She was born in Venango county, near Horse Creek, March 2, 1838, the daughter of William and Mary M. (Kester) Barnacal. The father was born in Centre county, Pennsylvania, in 1809, and died in 1888. His wife was born in Delaware in 1817 and died November 23, 1882. They were the parents of fourteen children, including Nancy Jane, Daniel, Samuel, John, James, Melissie. The father spent his life in Clarion, county and followed charcoal burning for a livelihood. In 1887 he went to Mercer but died in Sharpsville. In his political views he held to the Democratic platform.
Andrew Nickle and wife were the parents of seven children—six sons and one daughter, Philip, who died July 7, 1908, aged fifty years; Sarah, wife of Henry Myers, living in Erie; Andrew, of this memoir; William A., who died in infancy; Martin V.; Stance A., born in 1874 and died in 1902; and Charles.
Andrew Nickle remained at home and attended school until sixteen years of age, then commenced to support himself. In 1892 he became superintendent of the Spearman Iron Company, remaining with them until 1898, when he was made the manager of the Sharpsville Furnace Company, holding the position until 1901, when he embarked in the hardware business, in Sharpsville, which he is successfully carrying on today. In his hardware business he carries a full line of shelf and heavy hardware, plumbing goods, paints, varnishes and builders' material. His place of business is located on Walnut street near Main.
Mr. Nickle is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is identified with the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities, being a member of Sharpsville Lodge No. 517, F. & A. M., and Adoniram Lodge No. 739. I. O. O. F., and Shenango Encampment, at Sharon, as well as the Canton, at Youngstown, Ohio. Both Mr. and Mrs. Nickle are members of the Rebekah Lodge at Sharpsville. Aside from the orders enumerated, Mr. Nickle belongs to the Knights of Pythias at Sharpsville. He is a member of the board of directors of the I, O. O. F. Home at Grove City. Politically, he believes in the principles of the Democratic party, but does not aspire to public office.
He was married December 29, 1887, to Margaret J. Augustine, born in Coytsville township, Mahoning county, Ohio, January 9, 1862, a daughter of Daniel Abraham and Margaret J. (Burrous) Augustine, both natives of the place in which Mrs. Nickle was born. The father died in September, 1886, aged sixty-eight years, and the mother died aged seventy-three years, in 1891. Four daughters and four sons blessed their union: Levi, Syrinda, Sophronie, Delila, Sylvester, Cephas, Albert, Margaret J. The father of this family was a farmer and stock dealer, noted for being one of the most extensive agriculturists in the county. In church faith he was of the Disciple church, and politically he voted the Republican ticket. He spent his early clays on the old homestead owned by his father, Daniel, the same having been in the Augustine family name more than a hundred years.
Mr. and Mrs. Nickle are the parents of the following children: Myron G., Delila M., Clifford A., V. LeRoy.