George L. Zink. Senior
member of the firm of Zink & Cline, attorneys at Hobart, George
L. Zink is like his partner one of the pioneer lawyers of
Southwestern Oklahoma. He and Mr. Cline have been associated in
partnership as lawyers since 1907.
Born at Litchfield,
Illinois, March 27, 1875, George L. Zink is a son of George L. and
Gillie R. (Cave) Zink. The Zink family is of German descent, with an
admixture of Irish stock, and Mr. Zink is also related to the old
Pennsylvania Quaker family of Browns. George L. Zink, Sr., was born
in Smithfield, Ohio, in 1838, and died at
Litchfield, Illinois, in 1902. He was a lawyer, and early in his
career moved to Litchfield, where he married and where he practiced
his profession until his death.
In 1861 he enlisted
in the Sixty-second Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but was
incapacitated after only a short service. His wife was born near St.
Louis, Missouri, in 1840, and the only child is George L., Jr.
He received his
education in the public schools of Litchfield, graduating from high
school in 1893, and then completed the junior year in the collegiate
department of the University of Illinois, having specialized in
chemistry. In 1896, after leaving university, he took up the study of
law in his father’s office and was admitted to the Illinois bar in
1901. At the opening of the Kiowa and Comanche Reservation in 1901 he
came to Hobart as one of the first lawyers, and also was a lucky
drawer of a claim of 160 acres eleven miles southeast of the town. He
developed that claim and sold it in 1907, but in the meantime had
carried on a general law practice ever since coming to Hobart. Mr.
Zink is also a veteran of the Spanish-American war, having enlisted
in 1898 in Company K of the Fourth Illinois Regiment, and saw some
duty in Cuba, being mustered out May 2, 1899. He went out as a
lieutenant in his company and returned as captain.
Mr. Zink is a
republican and is now a member of the Republican State Committee and
has served as chairman of the County Central Committee of Kiowa
County. He belongs to the County and State Bar associations and has
served on several important committees of each association. His
fraternal affiliations are with Lodge No. 881 of the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks at Hobart.
Illinois, in 1904, he married Miss Nellie I. Miller, daughter of John
Miller, who was at that time sheriff of Montgomery County, Illinois,
but is now living retired at Hobart. Mrs. Zink died on the 30th of
March, 1916, after a brief illness. They have one daughter,
Marguerite Rebecca who was born September 4, 1905, and is a student
in the Hobart public schools.