Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Joseph W. Stinchcomb is a son of James and Priscilla Stinchcomb, and a native of Perry Co., Ohio, where ho was
born July 2, 1828. When he was two years of age his father removed to Bloom township, Seneca Co., same State. Here
his boyhood and youth were passed, receiving not only a liberal academic education, but also a practical education
in the labor of the farm and at the carpenter's and joiner's trade, which latter business he followed winters,
working at farming summers, with the exception of ten terms of schoolteaching, until the fail of 1860, when ho
removed to Michigan, and settled in the township of Sunfield, Eaton Co., on a new piece of land, upon which ho
cleared some seventy acres, then removed to Woodland township, where he has since resided. In the fall of 1858
he married Mary Ellen Winters, of Crawford Co., Ohio, a daughter of Eli Winters of the same place. They are the
parents of five children, four of whom are still living.
Mr. Stinchcomb says when he first came to his present home it was a wilderness, but he has made it blossom like
the rose, his farm being in a high state of cultivation, with excellent improvements and a resident universally
admired by all beholders.
Mr. Stinchcomb has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over thirty years, and during that time
has held many of the various church offices. He has also held many political offices; was a Whig until the organization
of the Republican party, with which he has since been identified; has held the office of school inspector, of highway
commissioner, justice of the peace, and was elected as the Republicau candidate, by a popular majority over all
opposition, representative of the first district of Barry County in 1876. In all positions of public trust as well
as in his private life and business Mr. Stiuchcomb has won an enviable reputation for integrity, ability, industry,
and exemplary conduct, being of good habits, honorable in his dealings with his fellow-man, and conscientious in
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.