Charles L. Tindall

Charles L. Tindall is of Scotch-English descent. The very early history of the family has never been traced. Mr. Tindall's great-grandfather, George Tindall, was a soldier in the War of 1812. His grandfather, John W. Tindall, was a native of Ohio and moved to Wayne county, Indiana, about 1821. John T. Tindall, his father, was born on February 5, 1844, in Wayne county, Indiana. His mother, Mary E. Tindall, was a daughter of Johnson and Elizabeth Evans, was born on July 22, 1853, in Marshall county, Indiana. John T. Tindall and Mary E. Evans were married on December 29, 1870 at Plymouth, Indiana, and established their home at Greenfield in January, 1871. They are the parents of six children, four daughters and two sons. Charles L. Tindall is the oldest son. He was born at Greenfield, July 21, 1877, and has lived all his life in his native city. He was educated in the public schools of Greenfield, and graduated from the Greenfield high school in June, 1894. For a period of five years thereafter he found employment at the foundry of the Home Stove Company, at Greenfield, learning the trade of stove mounting. In July, 1899, he began reading law in the office of Edward W. Felt. After three of four months he entered the law office of Marsh & Cook, where he remained as a student until the fall of 1901. He was admitted to the bar, April 23, 1900, upon motion of William Ward Cook. In the fall of 1901 he entered the senior class of the law department of the University of Indianapolis, graduating on May 23, 1902. He opened a law office in Greenfield in June, following, and has since that time been engaged in the practice of his profession. During the past five or six years he has been engaged in the practice with his brother, George Tindall, under the firm name of Tindall & Tindall. In 1904 he became the Democratic candidate for prosecuting attorney of the eighteenth judicial circuit, and was elected, receiving a greater majority than any other candidate on the ticket. He was re-elected in 1906, and served until January 1, 1909. As prosecutor, he was fearless and aggressive, and at the close of his service in this office his reputation as a trial lawyer was established. In the constellation of trial lawyers of the Hancock bar, his star has taken its place with those of Walpole, Gooding, Offutt and Cook. He is resourceful and industrious, and as a master of trial tactics, probably has few superiors in the state. From 1910-14 he served as city attorney of the city of Greenfield, and in August, 1915, was elected a member of the Greenfield school board.

Charles L. Tindall was married on October 23, 1907, to Goldendean Finley, of Greenfield. His home has been blessed with two children; Charles George, age six years and Evelyn age five years. Fraternally, Mr. Tindall is affiliated with the Masons, Odd Fellows, Red Men and Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the Presbyterian church.

Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Page 1103-1104.

Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI November 17, 2001.

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