Charles Hinsch, a successful hardware merchant of Farmersburg, Iowa, was born in Germany, January 30, 1850, and is the son of Henry and Claudina (Schoelerman) Hinsch, the former of whom died in Germany. Charles was the second of three children born to his parents; Henry, the eldest, dying in childhood, an Claudina married to Detrich Ben Jegerdes, of Worth county, Iowa. Mr. Hinsch learned and followed the cabinet trade in Germany, for fourteen years, then traveled as journeyman for one year, before coming to America in 1869. He arrived in Clayton county in the fall of that year, where he took up carpentering, keeping at that trade for several years, when he went into wagon making, continuing in the business for fifteen years. At the expiration of that time he opened a hardware store, building up the thriving business he still conducts in partnership with his son Arthur.
He married Amelia Bothner, and they have become the parents of several children: Henry, who is a contractor and builder of Farmersburg; Claudina, the wife of Christ Meyer, of Montana; Charles, of Minnesota; Arthur, associated with his father in business; Adele, who is married to C.J. Coon, of Van Horn, Iowa; Alma, the wife of P.J. Hemerick, of Billings, Montana; and Eva, who is a teacher.
Mr. Hinsch is a Democrat in politics, and has served as Justice of the Peace four years. He belongs to the fraternal orders of Masons and the M. B. A., and is a member of the Lutheran church.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to
the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 180
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