DOCTOR WILLIAM RODNEY MESSICK
Born 1873 in Pennsylvania to John William Messick and Margaret J. Baker Messick he lived
until age 83 in 1956 when he had a stroke and died in the Beebe Hospital, Lewes, Delaware
He had a sister Mary, who married in the Wilgus family, who died in 1948 and a brother
George Edwin Messick who died in 1937. A younger sister, Julie lived but two years and died, a
younger brother, J. Grove Messick, born 1899 but lived only a year.
Dr. Messick was a republican and prominent in politics of Sussex county, was Rehoboth Beach
mayor 1914 and 1915, the state cannery health inspector.
He married in Lewes 1898 to Margaret West Lyons, age 16daughter of Joseph B. and Margaret
C. Lyons, and after their marriage she was postmaster at Rehoboth during 1912..
Dr. Messick and Margaret had two children, Dorothy who married Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy,
William Teal, a Delaware River Pilot, Mary Kollock who married Lt. Col., Ralph Rust.
Dr, Messick owned the 35 acre farm where the Lewes High School was built in 1922.
Dr, William Rodney Messick is buried in St. Pauls Episcopal Cemetery, Georgetown.