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    CHARLES M. FINFROCK, president of the Stillwater Valley Bank Company of Covington, Ohio, was one of the founders of that institution and has been closely identified with other interests of the city during his residence of a quarter of a century or move there. He has been agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad and of the Adams Express Company at Covington since May 1, 1883, and has been in the employ of the former company since 1872. Mr. Finfrock was born in Piqua, Ohio, May 1, 1850, and is a son of William and Mary Ann (Routson) Finfrock. His father, who died in 1882, was for a time proprietor of the Miami House at Piqua and later conducted a mercantile establishment in that city.

    Charles M. Finfrock was six years of age when his mother died. Two years later he became an inmate of the home of an uncle, Jacob Reesor, at Versailles, Ohio, by whom he was reared until fourteen years old. He then went to work on a farm for Samuel Fetters in Newberry Township, Miami County, with whom he continued for five years. He next worked at carpentering, following that trade several years in Newberry Township and in Piqua. In that city he worked for O'Ferrell & Daniels, manufacturers of threshing machines, and later for Hardesty & Speelman at house carpentering. During this time he also worked in the Western Union Telegraph office at night, under C.E. Macber, who still is in Piqua, and from there went to Richmond, Indiana, as messenger in the train dispatcher's office; that was in 1872 and it was his first position with the company. In February, 1873, he became night operator for the Pennsylvania Company at Greenfield, Indiana, and from there went to Knightstown, Indiana, where he was operator and agent's clerk. In 1874 he was made operator and agent's clerk at Piqua, where he continued two or three years, then went to New Paris, Preble County, Ohio, as agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad. In May, 1883, he became agent of tile Pennsylvania Company and the Adams Express Company, at Covington, in which capacity he has since continued. A man of exemplary habits and a conscientious employee, his advancement in the business world was steady and he now takes rank among the substantial men of the place. When the Stillwater Valley Bank was incorporated in 1900, he was one of the prime movers and became a stockholder and director. In January, 1909, he was advanced to the presidency of that institution.

    Charles M. Finfrock was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. Cable, daughter of the late John Cable, of Newberry Township, and they have one son, Clarence M. The last named is a lawyer by professional training and an instructor in Western Reserve Law School, of Cleveland, of which institution be is a graduate. He also is a graduate of Covington High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware. Religiously the subject of this record is a member of the Christian Church, of which he is one of the deacons.

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