Biography of Joseph Hinders
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JOSEPH HINDERS, retiring sheriff of Mercer County, who has served two terms in this important office, during which he has enjoyed the confidence of reputable citizens and inspired the lawless with healthy fear, was born in{ Marion township, Mercer County, Ohio, January 26, 1855. His parents were Gerhardt and Maria (Hagemann) Hinders.

The Hinders family is of German extraction. The father was an old settler in Mercer County, where he became a large farmer and comfortably reared his family of 13 children. He died January 18, 1898.

Joseph Hinders was reared in his native neighborhood and was educated in the common schools. When he reached young manhood he engaged in farming with his father for a time and then learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed many years.

Mr. Hinders was married to Addie Bechtel, a daughter of Nicholas Bechtel. They have had seven children, three of whom still survive, as follows: Urbane G., Elvira E. and Homer J. Those deceased are: Helen Ursula, Arthur William, Mary Elizabeth and Florence Mary.

Mr. Hinders has been a life long Democrat and for many years has taken an active interest in public matters. In 1902 he was first elected to the office of sheriff, and in 1904 he was reelected, by a majority of 500 votes. With his family he belongs to the Catholic Church.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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