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    JOSEPH M. FINK, county commissioner-elect of Miami County and a representative business man of Piqua, was born in Washington Township, Miami County, Ohio, in 1853, and is a son of the late D. P. Fink, who came to Perry County, Ohio, when a small boy, from Pennsylvania, and to Miami County about 1845. He engaged in farming in Washington Township, where he died in 1880.

    When his school days were over, Joseph M. Fink learned the machinist's trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years with Bowdel Brothers, and then going to Dayton, where he worked for three years more as a machinist. Mr. Fink then moved to a farm near Piqua and was engaged in agricultural pursuits for the next twenty two years. In 1904 he sold his farm and came to Piqua, where he has since been engaged in a general contracting business, doing a large amount of work for the county in the way of ditching and making a specialty of sewer construction. He has always taken an active interest in politics, his father being also an ardent Republican, and Mr. Fink has frequently been elected to responsible offices. For six years he served as township trustee of Washington Township, for fourteen years was a member of the township board of education, and for two years was president of the Piqua Farmers' Institute. In November, 1908, he was elected a county commissioner of Miami County and will assume the duties of this office in September, 1909. In 1881 Mr. Fink was married to Miss Lida M. Hunter, who was born and reared in Miami County and is a daughter of James W. Hunter. They have two daughters, Fannie M. and Elsie B. Mr. and Mrs. Fink are members of the First Presbyterian Church at Piqua.

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