E. F. TINNEY. The two most strongly marked characteristics of both the East and the West are combined in the residents of the section of country of which this volume treats. The enthusiastic enterprise which over-leaps all obstacles and makes possible almost any undertaking in the comparatively new and vigorous western states is here tempered by the stable and more careful policy that we have borrowed from our eastern neighbors, and the combination is one of peculiar force and power. It has been the means of placing this section of the country on a par with the older East, at the same time producing a reliability and certainty in business affairs which is sometimes lacking in the West. This happy combination of characteristics is possessed by the subject of this brief sketch, E. F. Tinney, secretary and manager of the Butler Basket Company at Butler, DeKalb County, and who is assuming a deservedly high place in the business circles of that community.

E. F. Tinney was born at Ypsilanti, Michigan, on June 12, 1876, and is the son of James D. and Lottie (Sharp) Tinney, who are now residents of Tucson, Arizona. The youthful days of E. F. Tinney were spent in Pontiac, Michigan, where he received a common school education. He supplemented this training by two correspondence courses and attended and graduated from business college. He then took a course in drafting, for which he had a natural aptitude, and for a time followed that line of work in a jobbing shop. He had a strong liking for machinery, in the handling of which he became an expert, and eventually was appointed superintendent of a carriage manufactory in Butler, with which he was identified until 19T7. On July I, 1911, Mr. Tinney bought the controlling interest in the Butler Basket Company, one of the live and prosperous concerns of that city. The company is incorporated and the official personnel is as follows : President, E. C. Miller; vice president, Jesse Oberlin; treasurer, L. C. Harding; secretary and manager, E. F. Tinney; directors, in addition to the fore-going officers. Dr. A. A. Kramer and Walter J. Mondhank. Though but a comparatively recent comer to Butler, Mr. Tinney has made a favorable impression on the community and is identified with every movement for the advancement of the best interests of his town and county.

In February, 28g8, Mr. Tinney was married to Jennie C. Capman, also a native of Michigan. Mrs. Tinney after completing the high school course attended a business college. To Mr. and Mrs. Tinney have been born three children, namely: Homer C, who is a high school graduate, was a participant in the World war, having served two years in France as an observer in the One Hundred and First Aviation Squadron, and Ruth and Margaret are students in the common schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Tinney are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of the official board of which Mr. Tinney is a member. Politically he supports the republican party and takes an intelligent interest in the trend of public events. His record is that of a man who by his own unaided efforts worked his way from a modest beginning to a position of influence in the business world.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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