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William Finkenbine

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 678


     one of the representative citizens and substantial and practical business men of Franklin township, was born in Shelby county, O., February 18, 1859, and is a son of John and Barbara (Schiff) Finkenbine, who now live retired in Franklin township. They are well known and highly esteemed people and are among the leading members of the German Lutheran church.
     William Finkenbine was the eldest born of his parents' family of ten children and he remained with his father on the extensive home farm until he was thirty years of age, in the meanwhile attending the district schools in the neighborhood. After his twenty-first birthday he worked for his father for $100 a year and as he never drew one cent of his wages until he married, had a snug capital with which to start out for himself. For nine years after marriage he rented farm land from his father but later purchased his present farm of eighty acres, on which he has profitably engaged in fanning and stock raising ever since.
     Mr. Finkenbine was married first on November 1, 1888, to Miss Ida M. Wells, who died March 31, 1894. She was a daughter of Eliakim and Sarah (Persinger) Ludlum. Three children were born to the above marriage: Bonnie, who is deceased; Margie, who is the wife of Wilbur Schiff; and Wilbur, who is deceased. On March 4, 1897, Mr. Finkenbine was married (second) to Miss Emma C. Losch, a daughter of George and Sarah (Harmon) Losch, the former of whom died on his farm in this county and his
burial was in the Pearl cemetery. The mother of Mrs. Finkenbine still resides in Franklin township, her children being: Jacob, George, Emma C., Lydia, Callie, John and Clara. Mr. and Mrs. Finkenbine have two children: Freda Clara and Mary May. The family belongs to the German Lutheran church, which has been the family church for several generations. Mr. Finkenbine, like his father, is a strong democrat in his political views.

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