1818 – (circa 1890?)
(Note: The National Flood Memorial’s list of Club members states incorrectly that John F. Wilcox was a civil engineer. He was not. This error is based on there being a John F Wilcox in the 1880 census in Allegheny PA, age 26, whose profession was listed as such. However, careful research indicates this was a different John Wilcox from the SFF&HC member whose biographical sketch appears below).
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The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club member, John F. Wilcox, was a partner in the firm of Wilcox, Shinkle and Miller, founders, machinists, and makers of grist and sawmill machinery. In the 1870s, their offices were located at 39 Water Street in Pittsburgh. The Wilcox family’s Allegheny PA home was at 17 Marion Avenue as listed in the Pittsburgh directory of 1877-78, in which their firm was listed under the heading “Blacksmiths”.
He was no ordinary blacksmith, however. John F. Wilcox was a member of the elite Duquesne Club, and by 1888 the family had become socially prominent in Pittsburgh, as noted in this reference:
“Mrs. John Wilcox is one of the finest vocalists in Pittsburgh. Her voice, while of great compass, is a pure mezzo-soprano. It is rich in tone, of sympathetic quality and has received the highest cultivation, she at different times having been a pupil of [Ettore] Barili, the celebrated maestro, [internationally renowned Italian soprano Madam Adelina Juana Maria]Patti’s half brother and Prof. [Clement] Tetedoux*. Mrs. Wilcox was before her marriage a Miss Mygat of Washington. She sang first at Trinity and then St Matthew’s Catholic Church which has a very fashionable congregation, most of the diplomats attending.” (The Social Mirror, 1888).
*Frenchman Clement Tetedoux trained most of the fine vocalists of the 1870s era in Pittsburgh; he was a teacher of voice culture and a promoter of concerts and other musical enterprises and founder of an operatic society called the Gounod Society. His wife, the former Eliza Cowley, was from an old Pittsburgh family.
Work: saddler and hardware
Born in England
Born in England
George – age 21
Born in France
John WILCOX - Married, Male, W, age 61, born in ENG; occupation Foreman; parents born in ENG
(Son George is by now married and lives next door, in the 1880 census)