George J Rinker
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:28:49
George J Rinker a representative of the farming and stock raising interest of Amaqua township, living on Sec 30, is a native of Shenandoah county, Virginia, his birth having occurred on November 1, 1869. He is a son of J H and Sarah C (Hoover) Rinker, who are also natives of Shenandoah county, Virginia. They went to Illinois in the 70ís and later came to Iowa. The father secured a large tract of land in beaver township, Boone county, and is now extensively engaged in its cultivation.
George J Rinker of this review is indebted to the common school system of Illinois for the educational privileges which he enjoyed, with the exception of one term spent as a student in Simpson college, Indianola, Iowa. IN 1892 he and his brother, H H Rinker, came to the west, settling upon a farm in Beaver township, where they resided for three years. He then removed wit is father March 1, 1895, to what is known as the old Rattray farm in Amaqua township, there renting a larger tract of land on which they continued their work as agriculturists. During that time Mr Rinker of this review was married and after his marriage he took up his abode with his father, where he remained three years. He then located on his present farm, known as the D B Casey farm, which is situated on Sec 30 Amaqua township, being pleasantly locate about a mile and three quarters northwest of the village of Beaver. Here he owns 162 aces of land, which is under a high state of cultivation and annually he garners rich harvests from his well tilled fields, while the stock which he raises brings good prices on the markets and materially adds to this income.
On October 9, 1895, Mr Rinker was united in marriage to Miss Edith M Wheelock a native of Boone county, Iowa, born April 12, 1874 and a daughter of Francis and Amanda (Bass) Wheelock, who were early settlers of Boone county. Here the father engaged in farming and was a successful agriculturist. The mother is now living in Polk county, Iowa. The home of Mr and Mrs Rinker has been blessed with three children: Ethel E born July 28, 1896, Sarah Mabel born October 22, 1898, and Lucy Amanda born January 11, 1901. The parents are identified through membership relations with the Methodist Episcopal church of Beaver, and in his political views Mr Rinker is a Democrat. Although he started out in life empty handed when he entered upon his business career in this county, he is now a well to do and prosperous farmer and his success has been gained along legitimate business lines and is therefore well merited.
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