According to Dottie "....Joseph Aloysius Uicker who built the house in the first two pictures (which is actually a two-level flat) that is now listed on the historic register. He was a carpenter and died at the age of 43 from lockjaw (from tetanus) after getting scratched on a iron wagon wheel. He also built a number of the businesses in Derry. He left a large and young family, so my grandfather (the oldest child) John Uicker,sr. quit school to work and support the family. After working a few years, he went back to school and finished at the University of New Hampshire. John was the number one engineering student in his class while continuing work! He began teaching and later earned a Mechanical Engineering degree at New Hampshire which was equivalent to a doctorate at that time. He worked as an Instructor in Mechanical Engineering at University of New Hampshire, then moved to teach at Pennsylvania State University, and finally went to University of Detroit where he eventually became the Dean of Engineering before his retirement in 1970. John Uicker married Elizabeth Flint of Lyme Center, NH in 1934... She was well educated (a Master's degree in Mathematics from Harvard!) but worked in the home raising eight children and following her husband's career from state to state. They moved to State College, PA in September 1937 then to Detroit, MI in September 1940, and finally retired to Harbor Beach, MI where they built a home on Lake Huron that has passed down to their youngest daughter. John Uicker passed away in 1988 and Elizabeth in 2003. They've left a large number of Uicker/Flint descendants now spreading out from the midwest! "
Dottie forwarded a preview of this blog post to her father, John Joseph Uicker, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, and he added the following information: "I was the oldest boy of eight children, but I was the only one born in Derry. We visited that house many times when I was young. Actually, the house next door (13-15 Griffin Street) was nearly a twin and was also built by Joseph A. Uicker, before he built the one pictured. The upper flat in that one was the home of my aunt Lenore for many years, but is no longer in the family." Joseph Aloysius Uicker was his grandfather.
|Photo circa 1960|
|rendering by Betty Trombetta in 1993|
|My photo, 9 January 2011|
|The current resident of the Uicker House is|
Harvey Cote, first cousin once removed
of Dottie Winger
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo