HOLKENBRINK, BEN J., who is a successful dealer in bicycles, and conducts a general repair shop for bicycles, guns, etc., in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Effingham County, Ill., October 28, 1875, a son of Anton and Anna (Sanders) Holkenbrink.
Mr. Holkenbrink started in this line in Jacksonville in 1901, together with George Wolke, under the firm name of George Wolke & Co., but later sold his interest to his partner, and became associated with his brother-in-law in the same business. He subsequently purchased the latter's interest and has since conducted the concern alone. He does all kinds of bicycle work, and repairs steam, gasoline and electric auto-machines and motorcycles.
In 1900 Mr. Holkenbrink was united in marriage with Rosetta Summers. Two children have resulted from this union namely: Marion Grace, born in June, 1901, and Benjamin, born November, 30, 1903.
In politics, Mr. Holkenbrink follows the fortunes of the Democratic party. Religiously, he was born and reared in the Catholic faith, and is a member of that church. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the M.W.A., and the Royal Arcanum. He is industrious, energetic and honest in the conduct of his business, and is favorably regarded by all who know him.