|Amanda Jane (Morford) Wicks was born, January 08, 1846 to Isaac M and Susan (Anderson) Morford in |
Jefferson, Madison County, Ohio. The family moved to Grasshopper Falls, Jefferson County, Kansas sometime
after the Civil War. Amanda attended the Teachers College after high school and then attended Kansas State
Normal School in Emporia, graduating in 1868.
Amanda met William Montgomery Wicks and they were married October 28, 1869. Of this union two children
were born in Emporia, Jennie Alice, in 1870 and Willa M., in 1878. The family was very prominent in the city of
Emporia, with the founding of the First National Bank and William being one of the first merchants in the city,
later becoming Wicks and Frederick grocery. In 1872, William was elected as a councilman of the third ward.
William Wicks fell ill in 1878 and was on his way to Colorado for heath reasons and died May 18, 1878.
After William's death, Amanda became a school teacher and was very active in Emporia. She moved back to
Grasshopper Falls in 1884, next door to her parents and taught school there until she returned to Emporia in
1890. After her retirement in 1894, she became the City Librarian. Amanda Wicks and several other citizens
were the driving force in bringing the Carnegie Library to Emporia. Failing health forced her to move to Helena,
Montana, to live with her daughter, Willa in 1910. She remained in Helena until her death on April 27, 1929.
She is buried next to her husband William in Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia.