Oldest Resident Remembered Stage Coach Days
Reynoldsburg had lost its oldest resident Thursday with the death of Mrs. Mary Ann Hickman who died at her home at the age of 103 Wednesday.
“Grandma Hickman,” as she resident, had watched the town residenst [sic], had watched the town progress for more than a century and liked to recall the days when stage coaches passed over the National pike.
Despite her advanced age, she was active until become ill seven weeks ago. Doing her own housework, each year she would celebrate her birthday by serving a family meal at her home.
Because she “like [sic] to be to herself,” Mrs. Hickman has lived in her five-room bungalow since the death of her husband, Daniel, 30 years ago.
Liked to Entertain
One of her chief pleasures was entertaining the many friends who visited her home, usually describing the growth of Reynoldsburg and recalling days gone by.
One of the outstanding events in her life recently was the route 40 centennial celebration held in 1940 when Mrs. Hickman observed the activities from the village’s official car.
She was born northeast Reynoldsburg, one of a family of 12 children and married at the age of 16.
Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Myers, Reynoldsburg; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Another daughter and son preceded her in death.
Funeral services will probably be held Saturday. Friends may call at the Moody-Straley funeral home in Reynoldsburg.
Source: Columbus Dispatch, July 24, 1941.