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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