- David Marc
Schick, Jacob (16 September 1877–03 July 1937), military officer, inventor, and entrepreneur, was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Valentine F. Schick, a German immigrant who staked prospector's claims and established a coal mining company. Jacob grew up in Los Cerillos, New Mexico. Learning to read and write English, German, and Spanish at home, he began working as a child for the family business. After his sixteenth birthday his father placed him in charge of building a railway spur line to transport coal to a smelting forge....