W. E. FRICK, M. D., was born in Russell County, Virginia, May 21, 1828, and came to Oak Grove in 1857, and for many years was the only physician in that vicinity. He married Miss Ellen J. Fulkerson in Virginia, July 31, 1856. They have five children living: Kate V., Eva E., William J., Frank M. and Charles Dow; lost one. Dr. Frick studied medicine and attended the medical department of the University of Philadelphia and graduated in 1853. The doctor ownes [sic] a farm, and he gave the railroad company land for depot, etc.; also donated land for mills, churches, etc. Through his long and successful practice and the location of Oak Grove on his lands, he finds himself in very easy circumstances. He is a strong Jefferson Democrat.
Source: [Anonymous], The History of Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City: Union Historical Co., 1881), p. 916.