J. P. HINDENACH, who resides at his comfortable home at No. 2200 Fill Briggs avenue, is a true type of a self made man. He was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of John and Catherine (Goodekuntz) Hindenach, who gave their attention to agricultural pursuits.
Mr. Hindenach is one of 11 children, - nine sons and two daughters, - all but two of whom are living. The record follows: Frederick, of Allentown, Pennsylvania; George, of Ambler, Pennsylvania; J. P.; Mary (Funk), of Quakertown, Pennsylvania; Charles, deceased, who was the owner of a fine farm at Ambler, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia; John, a millwright; Christ. and Peter, partners in a store at Durham, Pennsylvania; William, a farmer living near Durham, Pennsylvania; Louise (Bowman), of Easton, Pennsylvania; and Harry, deceased, whose widow and two children reside near Durham, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hindenach attended the common schools of his native state, and remained at home on the farm until he attained his majority. He then worked at different lines of employment until the fall of 1869, when he went west, to Boone county, Iowa, whence, after working on a farm a few months, he went to Humboldt, Kansas. From Humboldt Mr. Hindenach came to Labette county, Kansas, and began work on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway, first as wiper, then as fireman, switching engineer, and later as road engineer, - pulling trains to Cherokee and Neosho. He retired from railroad service and moved to Parsons, where he had formerly purchased an 18-acre tract of land, and then built his present home. It was in 1870 that he became a resident of Parsons, and at first boarded in the tents of which the town at that time was composed.
Mr. Hindenach was twice married. His first wife was Lavina Journot, of Parsons. She died in 1882, leaving two children, Eva and Pearl, to the care of her husband. Some time afterward he was united in marriage with Rose E. Smith. Four children have blessed this union, viz: Raymond, Beatrice, Leo and Ralph.
Mr. Hindenach deserves to be ranked among the leading business men of Parsons. His efforts through life have been crowned with success. Aside from the elegant home residence, he also owns the fine brick block at 2112 Johnson avenue, occupied by Saylor Brothers, grocers. He has also other properties, and spends his time looking after his various interests, raising some stock, and caring for the large amount of fruit grown on the home place.
In politics, Mr. Hindenach affiliates with the Democrats, and usually attends his party caucuses. He is a member of Lodge No. 1, A. 0. U. W., of Parsons, and of the Sons and Daughters of Justice. Mrs. Hindenach is also a member of the latter society. In religious views, they embrace the Catholic faith.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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