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Transcribed biography of Arthur A. Nickel

ARTHUR E. NICKEL. The old philosopher's statement that we are sure to get the better of Fortune if we do but grapple with her is as true today as it was when first uttered nearly two thousand years ago, and has been verified in the life story of every successful man from that time to the present. Among the young men of Porter county who with undaunted courage have entered boldly upon the conquest for success in life is Arthur E. Nickel, a druggist at Chesterton who, though he has been engaged in business, but a few years, has already become well established in a prosperous enterprise.

Mr. Nickel is directly of German descent and was reared to those habits of industry so characteristic of the nationality of his forebears. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in February, 1883, when five years of age he came with his parents, Charles and Louise (Gutperlet) Nickel, to Chesterton, Indiana, which place has since been his home. Both parents were born in Germany, were reared in their native land, but were married in Chicago and have now been residents of Chesterton nearly twenty-five years. Of their four children, Arthur E., our subject, is the eldest.

Mr. Nickel acquired his education in the public schools of Chesterton and at the age of sixteen began to learn the business of a druggist. Shortly afterward he entered the pharmacy department of the University of Valparaiso and after taking a full course was graduated in June, 1900, with the degree of Ph. G. He successfully passed the state examination before the state board of pharmacy and thereafter for a time was employed in a drug store at Michigan City, Indiana. Later he was similarly employed at Elkhart, but in 1905 he returned to Chesterton, where he engaged independently in the drug business and where he has since continued successfully. He had a very small capital with which to make a business beginning, but by careful and intelligent management he has made the very best use of the means at his command and besides his drug stock in Chesterton, he now owns and conducts a branch store in Porter, a mile distant from Chesterton. He also owns a residence property in his home town.

In February, 1905, Mr. Nickel wedded Miss Amanda Graubman, who was born in La Porte county, Indiana, in March, 1883. Both are members of the German Lutheran church.

M. Nickel is affiliated fraternally with the Knights of Pythias, being a member of Lodge No. 442, at Chesterton. Politically he is a Republican and his standing among his friends was duly recognized in his election as one of the members of the Town Council of Chesterton in the fall of 1911. He is a young man, wide awake, energetic and enterprising, one in whom we are pleased to recognize those qualities which make for success, and who we feel deserves representation among those men who are upholding the commercial prestige of Porter county.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
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