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Spink, Gabriel L.

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Spink, Gabriel L.
March 13, 2007 03:41PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904,
pp 798-799 [Caldwell]

GABRIEL L. SPINK, a lumber contractor and operating a planning
mill in Princeton, is one of the most honored citizens of this
section of Kentucky. He was born in Hardin county, Kentucky, near
Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, on March 14, 1848. His family is of
English descent, and his grandfather, a native of Maryland, was one
of the pioneers of Kentucky, settling on the Ohio river in Meade
Henry Spink, the father of Gabriel L. Spink, was born in Meade
county, Kentucky, and was a farmer by occupation. He settled in
Hardin county about 1825, and remained there until 1862, when he
moved to Louisville. He died at the age of seventy-four years. He
was a member of the Catholic church, and in politics was a Douglas
Democrat, but on the breaking out of the Civil war took sides with
the Union. His wife was Matilda Brewer, of English descent and of a
prominent family in England. She was born in Hardin county,
Kentucky, and lived to be fifty-five years old. They were the
parents of twelve children, all of whom reached manhood and
womanhood, and all were married but two, who died in service during
the Civil war.
Gabriel L. Spink was the youngest of the twelve children, and
was reared on the farm in Hardin county until he was fourteen years
of age. After his mother's death he went to live with his father in
Louisville, and was also in Indiana for a time. At the age of
fifteen he began a partnership mercantile business in Indiana, but
after a year sold out and returned to Hardin county, Kentucky, and
engaged in merchandising in Colesburg with his brother. They also
conducted the postoffice and express office at that place. Mr.
Spink finally sold out his interest, and then learned telegraphy.
He entered the general offices of the Louisville and Nashville
Railroad Company at Louisville, and was in the employ of the company
for fifteen years, serving in different capacities. In 1879 he came
to Princeton, Kentucky, as agent of the company, and in 1879 entered
into his present business in that city. At the organization of the
Railroad Agents' Association he became its secretary and president,
and filled the position for some years and was active in the work.
He is still the station agent at Princeton, and is a popular man in
railroad circles.
Mr. Spink was married in 1888 to Mrs. Julia W. Fowler, of
Princeton. He is a Republican in politics, and has been public-spirited
and interested in all matters affecting the general welfare
of city and state. He is a fine mathematician and accountant, and
has often been called to examine the books of banks and other
institutions as an expert.
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