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WILCOX, S. C. (Kalamazoo, MI-- ). Wilcox, a practical watchmaker and engraver, whose business was located at 622 Main Street, began learning his trade in Coldwater, Mich.

Upon the start of the CIVIL WAR, he enlisted in the 1st Michigan Light Artillery and saw action in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stone River, Knoxville and Nashville. He was in the service four years, then returned to Michigan and entered the jewelry business in Coldwater and Grand Rapids.

Wilcox came to Chicago and was connected with the Elgin National Watch Company over four years.

He moved to Dubuque in 1878 and began business for himself in January 1880. Wilcox gave special attention to repairing fine watches and fine engraving.

By 1912 he was living in Des Moines. (1)



1. "Appointment of State Officials," Telegraph-Herald, December 21, 1912, p. 1