William R. Zink


DR. WILLIAM R. ZINK, freight agent of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh railroad at Steubenville, was born bear Amsterdam, Jefferson Co., Ohio, May 31, 1834. His father, James H. Zink, was born in Columbus, Ohio, April 6, 1812, the son of Henry Zink, whose father was a native of Germany. James H. Zink was twice married. By his first wife, Elizabeth Shearrer, he had six children, of whom William R. wsa the oldest. Three, two sons and one daughter, are now living. When Dr. Zink was bout a year old his parents removed to Steubenville, but five years later they removed to Smithfield, where the mother died in May, 1866, where the father has resided ever since, and where the doctor spent his boyhood and youth. He received his early education in the village school. At twenty-one years of age, he went to Bloomington, Ill., where, for one year, he was employed in a wholesale grocery establishment. He then entered a wholesale and retail drug establishment of that place and remained about a year and a half, when the serious illness of his mother caused him to return home. During the winter of 1862-3, he was employed in a drug store in Steubenville. In the spring of 1863, he engaged in the drug business for himself and from that time until the summer of 1877, he was one of the leading retail druggists of Steubenville. About the time he engaged in the drug trade he began the study of medicine, and during his career as a druggist, he paid more or less attention to the subject, his precepter being the late Dr. J. C. Mairs were engaged in the practice of medicine, using the electrothermal form of treatment. In March, 1878, he entered the employ of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh railway, as assistant freight agent, and on March 1, 1886, he was promoted freight agent. Mr. Zink was married June 8, 1871, to Mrs. Jane E. Shane, the widow of Col. James M. Shane, who was killed in the battle of Perrysville, and daughter of Rev. Dr. Zachariah Ragan, who served as chaplain during the war of the rebellion and died about 1877, aged seventy-two years. Mr. and Mrs. Zink have an adopted son, J. F. Flood, superintendent of the electrical department of the Steubenville gas and electric light company. Mr. and Mrs. Zink are members of the First Presbyterian church. He is a charter member of the Royal Arcanum, and in politics is a republican.

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