H. M. Wink

As published in
"The City of Kenosha and Kenosha County Wisconsin: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement"
by Frank H. Lyman Vol. 2, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1916.




H. M. Wink, a successful and enterprising young business man of Kenosha, is the secretary and treasurer of the Oil-Gas Machine Company, extensive manufacturers of oil-gas machines. His birth occurred in Chicago, Illinois in September 1884, his parents being John and Ida (Bartells) Wink, who are also natives of Chicago and now make their home in Aurora. The father is a traveling salesman.

H. M. Wink obtained his education in the graded and high schools of his native city and also pursued a course in bookkeeping at the Metropolitan Business College of Chicago. Subsequently he secured a position in the optical department of Benjamin Allen & Company, wholesale jewelers of Chicago, and was eventually made manager of that department, remaining with the concern for five years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Westfield, Texas where he continued for two years, developing a splendid fig orchard which he sold at a good profit. After returning to Chicago he made his way to Geneva, Illinois, and was there associated with his father in the conduct of a general store for two years. At the end of that time, in 1913, he came to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and became connected with the Oil-Gas Machine Company. The machine was invented by F. J. Blum and E. O. Linton, and after it was patented Mr. Wink helped to finance the project, being elected secretary and treasurer of the stock company at the time of its organization. Oil gas is the most economical fuel known to science, and the machines are used in kiln drying, annealing ovens, steel converter pre-heating, steaming boilers, and for melting of steel and other metals. The general offices and shops of the company are at Park and Exchange Streets in Kenosha. Mr. Wink is familiar with the business in every department and his efforts have been a strong factor in the continued growth and success of the Oil-Gas Company, which has installed its machines in many of the most extensive and important plants.

In 1907 Mr. Wink was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Hecht of Chicago, by whom he had three children as follows: Dorothy, who is deceased; Kenneth Robert; and Ruth Eleanor.

Mr. Wink gives his political allegiance to the Republican party, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons at Geneva, Illinois, and with the Moose lodge in Kenosha.

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