OTTO HENRY FINK
On the roster of the honorable, progressive business men of
Iowa City stands the name of Otto Henry Fink, a native of
the university city, whose entire life has been lived within
the borders of his native state, and for the most part within
the county of his birth. Mr. Fink comes of sturdy German
stock, both his father and mother being natives of the Father-
land, the former being born in Hamburg and the latter in
Bavaria. J. G. Fink, our subject's father, came to America
in an early day and shortly thereafter settled in Johnson
county. He was first employed as a traveling salesman, but
later, in 1864, engaged with G. W. Marquardt in the jewelry
business. The partnership continued until 1865, when Mr.
Fink retired and took up the tobacco and cigar trade. He
died in 1873. Mother Fink's maiden name was Anna Weigle.
She came from Bavaria to Maryland with her parents when
three years of age and to Johnson county when a young wo-
man. Her marriage to Mr. Fink took place in this county.
She is still living and enjoys the companionship of her chil-
dren, with whom she resides.
Otto Henry Fink attended the public schools of Iowa City,
and later was a student for one year at the German college
in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Following this he attended the Wes-
leyan university at Mt. Pleasant for one year. His first
choice of occupations was fanning, a business in which he
engaged in Johnson county for four years following his school
work. At the end of that time he removed to Cedar county,
where he spent three years in mercantile business, one year
in operating a creamery, and three years running a meat
market. Thereafter he again took up farming, continuing for
twelve years. He then returned to Iowa City, and six years
ago bought the cigar store at the St. James Hotel, in the oper-
ation of which he is at present engaged.
Mr. Fink was married in 1888 to Miss Margaret M. Albaugh
of Cedar county, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Parsons) Al-
baugh and granddaughter of Baldwin Parsons, early settlers
of Cedar county. Mrs. Fink's father was a pioneer of the
county and a farmer by occupation. He and his wife died
when Mrs. Fink was a child. The family came from Ohio to
Iowa. Mrs. Fink has two sisters living: Mrs. Wash Sailer
and Mrs. Bertram Hunter, of Chicago. Daniel Albaugh, of
Cedar county, is her step-uncle.
Mr. and Mrs. Fink have two sons : John George, married,
and living in Iowa City, where he is associated with his
father in business; Guy Samuel, attending Iowa City high
In politics Mr. P'ink has always been a democrat. He was
township trustee for nine years in Cedar county. He is a
member of Eureka lodge No. 44, I. 0. 0. F., Good Samaritan
Encampment No. 5, Iowa City lodge No. 590, B. P. 0. E.,
Camp No. 89, M. W. A., the K. of P. No. 24 of Iowa City,
and Wapeshiek Tribe No. 122, Red Men.
Source: Leading Events in Johnson County, Iowa, History (1912); Volume: 2;
Aurner, Clarence Ray; Cedar Rapids, IA: Western Historical Press