HENRY BRINKMAN. Among the prominent and leading citizens of Shaw's Point Township, our readers will be pleased to peruse a sketch of Mr. Brinkman, who made his mark in Macoupin County, and has been an efficient factor in promoting its interests. He is of German birth and his earlier education was taken in his native land, but he came to America before he had grown to manhood.
Mr. Brinkman's natal day was January 14, 1842. He was ten years old when his parents migrated to the New World and he accompanied them, eager to see a new country and to learn new ways. Macoupin County was the scene of his youth and early manhood and here he has made his home since 1853, and here he has engaged in farming with success. He owns one hundred and eighty acres upon which he has made good improvements.
The subject of our sketch was married in Carlinville, Ill., March 29, 1869, his bride being Katherine C. Kasten. This lady was born in St. Louis, Mo., November 26, 1851. She brought to her husband eight children, six of whom are living and are a joy and a comfort to their parents. Their names are August, Mary, Mena, Frederick, Lotta and Otto. Two little ones passed away in infancy. Upon March 20, 1890, Mrs. Brinkman was suddenly stricken with heart disease and dropped dead. She was a useful woman and an active member of the German Lutheran Church to which Mr. Brinkman is also attached. His political vies have led him to affiliate with the Democratic party and he believes that its platform embodies the principles which will carry this country to a successful issue of its perplexities and problems.