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Joseph Fink

Fortunate is that man whom destiny leads into a sphere of endeavor in which he can effectively exercise his talents and energy and through the medium of which he can achieve a success that not only makes for his individual independence but also tends to conserve the communal welfare. Joseph Fink is one of the sterling German citizens of Clayton county, and in the land of his adoption he has found ample opportunity for the gaining of the worthy properity which was the mark set by his youthful ambition. He is one of the substantial representatives of the sturdy yeomanry of this county, and as an agriculturist and stock-grower his success is best evidenced by the unmistakable thrift and prosperity that his fine farm betokens.

He was born in Germany, on the 16th of February, 1858, and is a son of Joseph and Sophia (Thilk) Fink, with whom he came to America in 1884, when he was twenty-six years of age and after he had availed himself of the advantages of the excellent schools of his native land. The father passed the closing years of his life in Fayette county and his widow now resides in the home of the subject of this review, who accords to her in her venerable age the most loyal of filial care and solicitude.

Prior to coming to America Mr. Fink had gained practical experience in the trade of mason, and at this trade he was engaged in work in Buchanan county, Iowa, until 1889, when he came to Clayton county and purchased the farm upon which he has since maintained his home and upon which he has made excellent improvements of a permanent order, including the erection of substantial farm buildings. His farm comprises one hundred and thirty-two acres and is eligibly situated in Section 29, Cass township, not far distant from the village of Strawberry Point, which is his postoffice address. In connection with his general agricultural operations Mr. Fink has developed a prosperous dairy department of farm enterprise and gives attention to the raising not only of good cattle but also of other farm live stock. Political activity and public office have had no lure to this energetic and successful farmer, , who has won his prosperity entirely by personal ability and effort, and he shows his civic loyalty by supporting measures advanced for the general good of the community and by exercising his franchise as a representative of the Democratic party. Both he and his wife are active communicants of the Lutheran church.

In 1888 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Fink to Miss Kume Schram, who was born in Germany and who was a young woman when she came to America, in 1884. Of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Fink, Emma and Edwin remain at the parental home; Bertha is the wife of Earl Cummings and they are now residents of the state of Minnesota; Ida is the wife of Alfred Mikota, of Cedar Rapids, this state; and Frederick and Minnie are the younger members of the home circle.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 120-121
-submitted by S. Ferrall


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