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The quiet round of important duties discharged with painstaking care has filled the life of Mr. Hinkle since he left his Indiana home for the greater opportunities offered by the far west. An apparent chance brought him into the work for which nature had qualified him and ever since his removal to this state more than thirty years ago he has been identified with the irrigation industry. Perhaps few men are more conversant than he with this business whose value to the development of the west cannot be overestimated. That his knowledge is appreciated by others is proved by the fact that since 1882 he has acted as superintendent of the North Fork Ditch Company. Although the ditch has changed ownership a number of times he has been retained through all the various managements, besides which he has acted as superintendent for all outside water.

Born in Howard county, Ind., April 9, 1855, Isaac Hinkle was the son of Henry and Hester (Brock) Hinkle, natives of Ohio and Tennessee respectively, and who were farmers in Howard county, Ind. Having been reared on the farm, such education as he possesses was acquired in the public schools which he attended only three months a year. Such success as he has won (and it is by no means unimportant) comes from his determined but unassisted application. During 1881 he came from Indiana to California and settled at Auburn, where he at once began to work for the North Fork Ditch Company. The corporation recognized his worth and promoted him to be superintendent the following year, when he took charge of a section of the ditch at Folsom. The business being located in this village he established a home here and has since lived in the town, whose prosperity he has promoted, whose growth he has fostered and whose real-estate interests he has developed through the buying and selling of land. In the capacity of agent he has handled a great deal of property and at this writing owns three hundred and sixty acres of valuable land on the Auburn road near Folsom, where he is engaged in fruit and stock raising, besides which he has a number of building lots on the same road across the American river, and on one of these he has erected a substantial residence for his own home.

Upon the organization of the Bank of Folsom in 1910 Mr. Hinkle was one of the original subscribers and assisted in the promotion of the new enterprise with customary zeal and sagacity. The honor of being chosen the president on its organization came to him, and his identification with the concern was made more complete through his service as a member of the board of directors. When he came west he was a single man, but four years later he started a home of his own, being united in 1885 with Miss Jessie Brown, who was born and reared in Tennessee, received an excellent education there, and after coming to the west engaged in teaching prior to her marriage. Three children blessed their union, but the only daughter, Ethel May, died at the age of nine months and the younger son, Allen, passed away at the age of two years, leaving but one survivor in the family, Henry J., who is now married and a resident of Folsom.

In national campaigns Mr. Hinkle gives his support to the Democratic party. Locally he is independent and favors the men whom he deems best qualified to represent the people irrespective of their party views. At no time in his life has he sought official honors and the only public position he has ever consented to fill is that of member of the Folsom board of education, in which post he has given time and influence toward the upbuilding of the schools. Having been deprived of higher educational advantages in his youth, he has been especially solicitous that the children of his home town should receive every desired opportunity to fit themselves for life's responsibilities. Religion enters with harmonious rhythm to perfect a rounded character and both he and his wife have found pleasure and help in their relations with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Both enjoy their membership in the Rebekah Lodge No. 166, at Folsom, while in addition Mr. Hinkle has been prominent and active in the general work of the Odd Fellows. Shortly after his arrival in the west he joined Auburn Lodge No. 7, I. O. O. F., in which he has served through the chairs and is past grand. After coming to his present location he identified himself with Folsom Encampment No. 24, I. O. O. F., in which he filled all of the chairs, being past chief patriarch at the time of this writing. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011