Biography of Jesse Winkler
Rush County, IN Biographies





JESSE WINKLER, the progressive proprietor of a flourishing grain elevator business at Rushville, was born in Johnson county, Indiana, April 14, 1877, a son of George and Lorinda (Jamison) Winkler, natives of Estill county, Kentucky. His father, an agriculturist by vocation, followed farming throughout his life in Johnson and Rush counties and was a man held in high respect and esteem. There were ten children in the family, of whom six are living: Lona, Oriel, Lennie, Girtha, Delbert and Jesse. Jesse Winkler received his education in the public schools of Henry county, Indiana, where his boyhood was passed, and entered upon his independent career in the capacity of a farm hand. Industrious and thrifty, he accumulated sufficient means with which to establish himself as a renter, and after two years was able to buy forty acres of land, which he subsequently sold. For a number of years he bought and sold different properties, and at one time had accumulated through industry and good ability 204 acres of valuable and well cultivated land in Rush county, principally in Noble township. Mr. Winkler continued to be engaged in farming until 1914, in which year he traded his farm for the grain elevator which he now owns at Rushville, which he operates as the Winkler Grain Company, and which has a capacity of about 25,000 bushels. Mr. Winkler deals in grain, coal and flour, and has built up an excellent business, his patronage extending all over the territory surrounding Rushville. December 9, 1900, Mr. Winkler married Laura M., daughter of Frank and Emma (Webster) Trennepohl, farming people of Rush county. Mrs. Winkler was born in this county and is the eldest of four children, the others being Raye, Opal and Francis. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Winkler, Merle C., Loren and George. who are attending school at Rushville, and Robert J. Mr. Winkler is a member of the Odd Fellows and Red Men's lodges at Arlington and the Elks lodge at Rushville. He is a Republican in his political allegiance and he and Mrs. Winkler belong to the Christian church. Mr. Winkler's operations have met with deserved success and he is justly regarded as a thorough, reliable and progressive business man.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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