Randolph  County,  Indiana

Lincoln  Sherman  Chase  Reinheimer

            Improvement and progress may well be said to form the keynote of the character of Lincoln Sherman Chase Reinheimer, formerly a well-known merchant of Winchester and for a number of years past a dealer in real estate, and he has not only been interested in the work of advancement in individual affairs but his influence is felt in upbuilding the community where he has always resided. He has been a very industrious man all his life, striving to keep abreast of the times in every respect, and as a result every mile-post of the years he has passed has found him farther advanced, more prosperous, more sedate and with a broader view of life in all its immensity, and with a larger number of friends than the preceding.
            Mr. Reinheimer was born in Winchester, Indiana, February 25, 1866. He is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Irwin) Reinheimer. The father was a native of Eastern Pennsylvania, and the mother was born in North Carolina. They came west with their families when each were young in years, both the Reinheimers and Irwins locating near New Paris, Preble county, Ohio, and there the parents of our subject grew to maturity, received common school educations and were married. Remaining in the Buckeye state until December, 1865 the family removed to Winchester, Indiana, and here Peter Reinheimer became landlord of the Franklin House, which he continued to conduct in a successful manner and one that was highly satisfactory to the traveling public for a period of twenty years, his hostelry becoming one of the best known and most popular in this section of the state. In fact, he spent the rest of his life here engaged in the hotel business, dying in June, 1885, his widow surviving two years, joining him in the Silent Land, mentioned by the old German poet, in May, 1887. They were hard-working, hospitable and honest people, whom everybody respected.
            The subject of this sketch was born and reared in the Franklin Hotel here and when a boy he assisted his parents in operating the same, attending the city schools during the winter months. When but a boy he became a grocer's delivery wagon driver, and he clerked for about six years, giving satisfactory service, and in the meantime, being ambitious and quick minded he learned every phase of the grocery business, and finally opened a store of this nature himself and was highly successful from the start, following the grocery business for a period of twenty years, during which time he enjoyed a large and lucrative trade with the city and county as a result of his good management and courteous and honest treatment of his patrons. Accumulating a competency and tiring of the close confinement of his store, Mr. Reinheimer retired from the active affairs of life in June, 1911 since which time he has not been actively engaged in anything; however, he has handled some real estate.
            Mr. Reinheimer was married on March 16, 1892 to E. Olive Bales, daughter of Joseph L. and Malinda (Thornburg) Bales a highly respected Randolph county family. Here Mrs. Reinheimer grew to womanhood and received a common school education.
            To the union of our subject and wife one daughter, Helen, has been born. She is a graduate of the Winchester high school, and is now a student at Hanover College, where she is making a splendid record.
            Politically Mr. Reinheimer has always been a Republican, and has been more or less active in the ranks of the same, active in public matters as pertaining to the general welfare of Winchester and Randolph county. He is now serving as a member of the city council and is doing much for the permanent good of the town, being an ardent advocate of civic improvements. He is president of the Randolph Club, an organization of business and professional men, where party lines are not drawn, all working for the good of Winchester and Mr. Reinheimer has been very largely responsible for the large success of this praiseworthy club. He is a member of Winchester Lodge, No.91, Knights of Pythias. The family affiliate with the Methodist Episcopal church. The Reinheimer residence, a cozy well-furnished one, is located at 303 South Main street, in one of the most desirable sections of the city, and it is known to the many friends of the family as a place of hospitality.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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