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Fred G. Hickein, 94 July 27, 1927 – August 25, 2021
Fred Hickein

Fred G. Hickein, 94
July 27, 1927 – August 25, 2021

ONEONTA – Fred G. Hickein passed away on August 25, 2021 at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Born on July 27, 1927 in Owego, N.Y., Fred Hickein was the son of Beulah Barnett Hickein and Fred Walter Hickein. When he was about 2 years old, they moved to Oneonta, residing with mother, sisters, uncle, great grandfather and grandparents. He graduated from Oneonta High School in June 1944.

Fred G. Hickein, 94 July 27,1927 – August 25, 2021

In Memoriam

Fred G. Hickein, 94

July 27, 1927 – August 25, 2021

Fred G. Hickein

ONEONTA – Fred G. Hickein passed away on August 25, 2021 at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.

Born on July 27, 1927 in Owego, NY, Fred Hickein was the son of Beulah Barnett Hickein and Fred Walter Hickein.  When he was about 2, moved to Oneonta, residing with mother, sisters, uncle, great grandfather and grandparents.  He graduated from Oneonta High School in June 1944.  Joined the United States Navy in April 1945, released as a reservist in June 1946.  Recalled to active United States Navy Reserve in November 1950 and released to inactive duty in May 1952. After graduating from Hartwick College in 1953, he joined the Howard E. Brown Insurance Agency, purchasing the agency and operating it until 1983.  Fred also worked with AAA.  Over 37 years he coordinated and accompanied over 25,000 6th grade safety-patrol students to Washington, DC and Gettysburg, PA.  He served as Executive Vice President and Manager of the Tri County Motor Club (AAA) from October 1981 until his retirement in 1992.

Fred married Eleanor (Ellie) Brown on June 4, 1954 and they recently celebrated 67 years of happy life together as proud parents of four children.

Musket Donations Find Home At Greater Oneonta Historical Society

Musket Donations Find Home At
Greater Oneonta Historical Society

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Fred Hickein signs his heirloom muskets over to the Greater Oneonta Historical Society on Wednesday, April 21, as his wife, Eleanor, and from left, Wayne Gregory, Terry Harkenreader and George Sluti, from Oneonta American Legion Post 259, look on.

Fred Hickein wanted to make sure his heirloom muskets stayed in good hands, so the 93-year-old Oneonta resident made a major donation to the Greater Historical Society of Oneonta on Wednesday, April 21.

Hickein and his wife, Eleanor, and several of his colleagues from the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, presented GOHS with two family treasures Wednesday,: an English smooth bore rifle, circa 1800, which Hickein believes was brought to the area by an ancestor of his, Solomon Yager; and a Civil War training musket owned and used by another relative, Edward Brewer.

An Oneonta High School and Hartwick College graduate and a Navy veteran, who served in both World War II and Korea, although never overseas or at sea, Hickein said he wanted the heirlooms to be in good hands and he trusted GOHS to honor his family’s history.

“I wanted to do it before I died,” he said. “I wanted to make sure they were in a good place.”

GOHS Executive Director Marcela Micucci said the group’s history center at 181 Main St. will soon have a permanent display and it will include one or both of the musket donations.

Faso Supports Local Biker’s Recovery After Accident

Faso Supports Local Biker’s

Recovery After Accident

Looking to garner local support on the campaign trail across the NY-19 congressional district, congressman John Faso stopped in Oneonta this afternoon to enjoy a local fish-fry dinner put on by the Legion Riders motorcycle club at the Vets Club in Oneonta earlier this evening. The dinner was held to raise money for Ed Telfer, a local biker who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 7. The injuries sustained were serious and may have warranted a consultation with an auto accident attorney. Faso made a donation to the Telfer family to show his support. Pictured, Faso is seen talking with WWII and Korean War veteran Fred Hickein of Oneonta. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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