CONRAD V. HINKLE, senior member of the Nonesuch Fire Clay company of Empire, was born in Carroll county, Ohio, October 9, 1854, the son of George and Margaret Hinkle, the former of whom is a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. George Hinkle was a worthy and respected citizen, engaged as a brickburner in the employ of the Nonesuch company. He and wife are the parents of seven children, all of whom are living. His residence in Knox township, began about 1864. Conrad Hinkle received his early education in Carroll county and completed it in Knox township, after which he was engaged in teaming for several years, and then began work at brickmaking for John Francy, with whom he was engaged for some time. He then took a contract for supplying Porter, Miner & Co. with fire clay. About 1875 he rented a yard from T. Moneypenny, and began the manufacture of fire brick on his own account, and continued thus until 1887, when in company with W. B. Stratton and Charles Stratton, he organized the company with which he is at present connected. He is successful in business and is esteemed as an enterprising and valuable citizen. Mr. Hinkle was married in 1882 to Sarah H., daughter of Amos Stratton, and by this union has two children: Nellie S. and Luella, the former fo whom died in infancy. He and wife are members of the Protestant church, and he is affiliated with the I. O. O. F. and K. of P.
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