DR. FRANCIS J. BICKER SR. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frederick Bicker. After being educated at the Zion Academy and the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy, he graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1890.
Francis J. Bicker Sr. came to Camden from Philadelphia in the 1880s. In 1887 he was living and working as a drug clerk for Dr. John W. Donges at 1801 Broadway. After graduating from medical school he set up a general practice with offices at 1701 Fillmore Street, the corner of Fillmore and Van Hook Streets, near the John W. Mickle Elementary School. Married to Theresa Trainor Tuttle, he had three children, Carl Frederick, Dorothy Katherine, and Francis Joseph Bicker Jr.
Dr. Bicker passed away on May 24, 1915, and his wife followed him on January 5, 1916. They are buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden. Sadly, Carl Frederick Bicker died while serving with the United States Marine Corps during World War I. Son Francis Joseph Bicker Jr. (1901-1968), a lifelong resident of Camden, worked as a plumber, and in 1916 formed a partnership with Isreal Ross, working out of a building the 600 block of Van Hook Street.
Dr. Francis J. Bicker was a member of the Camden County Medical Society, the Camden City Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He also was a member of Camden Lodge Number 293, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He joined the Elks in April of 1906 with the endorsement of John S. Smith and the approval of membership committee members Dr. H.H. Davis, J. Willard Morgan, and George B. Bond.
Philadelphia Inquirer * October 29, 1899
Mick - Dr.
John W. Donges - Christopher S. Magrath - Isaac Ferris Jr. -
John Hood - George D. Borton - James F. Davis - Joseph Devinney - George Holl - Joseph Nowrey
William E. Anthony - David T. Campbell - John Pugh - John K. Esler - Harry Stetser
Cornelius Schepperkotter - Dr. Francis J. Bicker - Jonas S. Miller - Allyn Brewer -
Joseph Peacocok - David A. Shreeve - Charles D. Heath - Frederick Krueger - F.S. Neipling
Aaron Bryant - Jacob C. Lippincott - Thomas Wentz Jr. - William J. Thompson - John S. Smith
George Williams - Charles C. Old - Jacob C. Daubman - Major William H. Tice
Clarence T. Atkinson - James Burke - Thomas Bodell - Francis Ford Patterson Jr.
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 21, 1902
Frances J. Bicker Sr.
& Son - Chelton
Broadway - Fillmore Street - Van Hook Street - South 6th Street
CAMDEN, N. J., April 13, 1906
DEAR SIR AND BROTHER:
You are requested to attend the regular Stated Meeting, April 18, 1906, at 8 o'clock, at which time the following named applicants for membership will be balloted for:
Attest: J. FRED.
ALEX. J. MILLIETTE,
Mrs. Alice Vanatta
Dr. Francis J. Bicker
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 13, 1911
Cooper B. Hatch
Dr. Frank O. Stem
John B. Adams
William A. Butcher
Dr. Francis J. Bicker
John W. Croft
William B. Carson
Dr. Frank B. Cook
Hugh Morgan Hatch
Rev. Dr. Edmund B. Kulp
George P. Kroecker
Joseph P. Lucas
Harlan S. Miner
James G. Pidgeon
Morton J. Pennock
George W. Swope
William Stem Jr.
William H. Whalan
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 17, 1917
F. Bicker -
Francis B. Bicker Jr. - Dorothy Bicker
William T. Boyle - Central Trust Company
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