John R. Brink, of the firm of Brink & Spencer, editors and proprietors of the Mound City News, was born near Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, September 27, 1856. His father, John Q. Brink, was also a native of Ross County, Ohio, and was there married to Miss Mary J. Cryder, of Ross County. They had five children, John R. being the second in the family.

In 1865, the family moved to Missouri, and located in Nodaway County. John's boyhood days were passed on a farm, in a dry goods store and in school, he receiving an excellent education, which ably qualified him for a teacher, and he began the occupation of teaching when about eighteen years of age, and followed the profession principally for about five years. January 28, 1880, he came to Mound City, and purchased a half interest in the Mound City News.

Mr. Brink was married October 5, 1880, to Miss Helen Kavanaugh, the third child in a family of seven children. She was born near Maryville, in Nodaway County, Missouri, her father, Nicholas Kavanaugh, being a native of Kentucky. Her mother's maiden name was Serepta Saunders, and she was a native of Virginia. Messrs. Brink & Spencer are publishers of a live, interesting and spicy paper, and being the only firm not using a patent sheet, are enjoying a large circulation.

Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn