Was inventor of the first percussion caps, the machine for making them and the powder with which they were charged. At the time of his death he had almost perfected the Hick's Centrifugal Dynamite Gun. His son, Walter E Hicks, would patent the Centrifugal Gun in 1888 after Charles Hicks had passed away.
In the two houses behind Charles Hicks, there is a Mrs. Van Norden aged 20-30, and then a Wm A Van Norden aged 40-50 years. Also living on the same page as Charles Hicks is an Abraham Van Norden. William Van Norden's brother James is also living in ward 14, on page 418. modified
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ⇓
1879-11-03; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"HICKS - On October 31st ult., CHARLES HICKS, in the seventy-third year of his age. The relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Monday, November 3, at 2 o'clock, from 1912 Poplar street."
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