The Minerva Hickman Home


Although it is unknown who originally built the home located at 2646 N. 650 E., it was purchased by Minerva Wade Hickman in 1868.  Minerva had left her husband, William Hickman, also known as “Wild Bill Hickman,” who was a body guard to LDS presidents Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.  Moving to North Ogden to be nearer to her brother, Minerva made the adobe bricks herself to enlarge the home for her five children.  She remained in the home for 52 years, passing away in 1918.

The youngest of Minerva and Bill’s children, Mary Ella Hickman, married Fred Kohlhepp in 1886, and they became the parents of eight children. Their two oldest children were born in her mother Minerva’s home in North Ogden, the second child who was born in 1888 was named Minerva Kohlhepp after her grandmother. Minerva Kohlhepp’s family moved to Idaho, where she developed cataracts from the hot, windy summer there, and moved back with her grandmother to recover.  She graduated from eighth grade from “The Red Brick School” in North Ogden while living with her grandmother.

Minerva Kohlhepp studied art for several years and was married in 1917 to Herman Teichert.  She stated in 1957, “Because I was born and grew up beside an Indian reservation, I paint Indians, horses, and western history.” She went on to become a famous Utah artist, completing an ambitious series of paintings of the Book of Mormon.  Minerva donated the series to BYU in 1969 and later died in Provo in 1976.

The home was later purchased by the Erroll and Lettice Rich family. One of the Rich’s grandchildren now lives in the home.

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