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Benjamin Joseph Slick was born June 23, 1849, in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois, the son of Daniel Slick and Margaret Schwilly.

He married Margaret Yost, daughter of Jacob Yost and Mary Margaret Vogt, on January 6, 1876, in Naperville and they were the parents of a son, Albert Benjamin. They also had adopted a foster daughter, Nellie May Charles, who married Charles William Friedrich.

Benjamin attended the Naperville public schools and then North-Western College (now North Central College), when it was still located in Plainfield and later after it moved to Naperville. He was graduated in 1871.

He first went to work as a clerk in Willard Scott’s store.

In 1897, Benjamin entered a business partnership with Joseph Kochly, operating a grocery and dry goods store, Slick & Kochly, at the northeast corner of Jefferson Avenue and Main Street.

Benjamin served on the Naperville Village Board of Health, on the Nichols Library Board for 22 years and as the President of the Board of Directors of the Library in 1917, and the Naperville Cemetery Board.

He was the editor of the “Naperville Home News” newspaper during its short circulation in the 1890’s and provided stories to a Chicago newspaper about happenings in Naperville.

Benjamin was raised a Master Mason February 2, 1875. He was a member of Grace Church, serving as the Superintendent of the Sunday school, member of the finance committee, and President of the Board of Trustees.

Benjamin Joseph Slick was on his way to attend a meeting at Grace Church when he died on November 19, 1924, in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois. Benjamin was buried in the Naperville Cemetery.

Dr. Albert Benjamin Slick DDS was born January 11, 1879 in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois, the son of Benjamin Joseph Slick and Margaret Yost. He married Clara Virginia Strubler in 1907 in Naperville and they were the parents of a daughter, Virginia Margaret, who married William Wilbur Nolte.

Albert was a local dentist, serving the Naperville community for 52 years.

In his younger years, he clerked in his father’s store and drove the delivery wagon. Albert graduated from Naperville High School in 1896, with seven in his class.

He attended North-Western College, graduating in 1901, and then enrolled in the Northwestern University Dental School. Benjamin graduated in 1904 and immediately set up practice. His office was located on the second floor of the Slick and Kochly building at the northeast corner of Jefferson Avenue and Main Street, in the very room where he was born.

Benjamin was a member of Euclid Lodge No. 65, A.F.&A.M., and Euclid Chapter No. 13, R.A.M.

Dr. Albert Benjamin Slick died March 8, 1963, in Naperville, DuPage County, Illinois and was buried in the Naperville Cemetery.

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Tim Ory
Tim Ory
Tim Ory is a fifth-generation Naperville native, descended from Francois Sebastien Ory, who immigrated to America from Alsace Lorraine, France, in 1844. Signing off as "Tim Ory, Historian, Euclid Lodge No. 65 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons," Tim adds that he continues to research the History of the Masonic Lodge and Naperville every day. Contact him at tjory@sbcglobal.net.
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