J. H. KINKER, fruit grower, P. O. Villa Ridge, was born in Franklin County, Ind., Oct. 23, 1836, to J. H. and Mary Ann (Boehmer) Kinker. They were both born in the Kingdom of Hanover, came to America in 1832, and both died in Indiana. To them seven children were born, five of whom are still living. Our subject was reared in a small village, where his father kept a family grocery store and was also engaged in farming. Our subject received most of his education in the public schools of his native village, then attended college for one year at Vincennes, Ind. In early life, he began school teaching, and followed that for three years, when he engaged in farming and continued till 1868, when he sold his farm and removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was engaged in the family grocery business for six years. In 1874, he came to Illinois and engaged in farming and fruit growing. His farm contains 120 acres, in good state of cultivation. November 23, 1858, he was married in Indiana to Catherine Walker. She was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, but came to the United States of America when she was small. She is daughter of Anthony Walker. Mr. Kinker is a member of Patrons of Husbandry, also of Villa Ridge Lodge, A., F. & A. M. In politics, he is Independent.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 290-291.