Well, things just got interesting.
As many of you who’ve been following along with the Hicks Family History are well aware, I’ve been looking for some time for proof that Dr. John H. Hicks actually lived at 8601 Dixie Highway, and while it seemed likely, I couldn’t actually find anything by way of hard fact to prove that such a speculation was true.
New Evidence: Part I
Enter the 1956 public record on Ancestry.com, which shows Dr. John H. Hicks with an office at 524 S 28th Street, Louisville, KY, and his residence (denoted as “r”) simply listed as “Valley Station Ky”.
Now this was a landmark finding. Not only does this record show Dr. Hick’s medical office, confirming that this is in fact our John H. Hicks, but it shows him as living in Valley Station, and while there’s no address listed, it’s no stretch of the imagination to presume that Dr. Hicks, who would’ve been in his 70s, had left his home in Louisville and was living with his son’s family.
What’s even more incredible–especially in spite of my initial research–is the presence of a 1960 directory that also shows Dr. Hicks with an office at 524 S 28th Street and still residing in Valley Station.
While I cannot prove definitively that Dr. Hicks was at 8601 Dixie Highway starting in 1956 as there is no address listed, there are a few compelling reasons to believe this is in fact the case:
1. That’s what the oral history of the area says. Many, many people who claim to have known the Hicks family or grew up nearby have commented on this blog and many others to say that this is in fact the Dr. Hicks home.
2. The chances of Dr. Hicks NOT living with his son and yet coincidentally moving to Valley Station as an aging gentleman are very slim.
3. The house looks like it has a set-up on the side for a doctor’s office. While there’s no way I can confirm that, common sense argues that this is likely the case.
New Evidence: Part II
Now for the second piece of new evidence that keeps this seemingly solved story a mystery: on a yet another repeat search of Google for 8601 info, I found the following websites that now show a “year built” for 8601:
You see that? Year built: 1962.
Now, here’s what I’m trying to wrap my head around.
The house was allegedly built in 1962 per the above sources.
Dr. Hicks reportedly lived at the house.
Dr. Hicks died in 1960 per the Ancestry.com death record.
See the issue? So if the white house we’re seeing on Dixie Highway wasn’t built until 2 years after Dr. Hicks died, how the heck did he have a medical practice there? The following are my best guesses at explaining this conundrum:
1. Dr. Hicks was living in Valley Station, but the family lived at a different house, probably on the same land. Several people have commented that there used to be more houses owned by the Hickses on this land. Did the family live at one of these homes while Dr. Hicks was alive and build 8601 after his death?
2. The 1962 build date is incorrect and Dr. Hicks did in fact live at 8601. This seems to be the most compelling theory so far given the oral history and the house layout, which both suggest that a doctor once lived and practiced at 8601.
3. The 1960 death date for Dr. Hicks is incorrect. This could be owing to two things: a) the Ancestry.com date has been transcribed incorrectly. As I cannot actually see this record myself, I cannot verify that the 1960 date is correct. b) The John H. Hicks who died in 1960 isn’t our John H. Hicks. Also unlikely, especially based on the family tree that links Dr. John H. Hicks with this death date.
That’s all for now. Until the next clue comes my way!