Frank J. Shinnick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July
13, 1859. He went to the public schools, and received a good
elementary education, but at the age of fifteen circumstances
compelled him to earn his own living.
He commenced to learn the brick-making trade,
and completed his apprenticeship in St. Louis. He came to Kansas
City in 1878, and by exercise of energy and ability soon quit the
plying of his trade and went into the contracting and manufacturing
business, in which he has ever since been engaged. Since 1894 he
has been senior member of the firm of Shinnick & Massman, which
does one of the largest contracting and brick manufacturing businesses
in the West.
Mr. Shinnick is now serving a term as
president of the Master Builders' Exchange, and is a member of the
Manufacturers' Association. He has served as a member of the
Upper House, and might have gone farther had he chosen to give more
time to politics.
Mr. Shinnick married Miss Anna Buske in 1886,
and they have three children, one boy and two girls.