The following is a verbatim transcript taken from George W. Milburn's "Historical Notes On Dubois County". Mr. Milburn was a grandson of George Washington Wineinger, and spent much time making notes and comments on the history of Dubois County. His work was never published, but is available on microfilm in the Jasper, Indiana Public Library. Milburn died in 1934, and is buried in the Cuzco, Indiana Cemetery.
"John A. Wineinger, of Bainbridge Township, was an uncle of mine, being my mother's eldest brother. In later life he lived three miles north of Jasper on state road nos. 45 and 56. He was born in east Tennessee, October 22, 1808. He died September 1882, and is buried at Shiloh, near Ireland. His grave is appropriately marked. He came to this county in 1818 from Tennessee and settled in Columbia Township. He was a self-taught blacksmith in his youth. John A. Wineinger is said to have had the first painted modern two-horse wagon in Dubois County. In early days a painted wagon was a novelty. There was little money in circulation in Columbia Township when John A. Wineinger was a blacksmith at Davis Creek*. He took pay in furs, ginseng and anything else his neighbors had to barter. This led him into the trading business with Louisville and New Albany until by 1850, he had a regular store in Hillham to supply the wants of his neighbors and ran a wagon regularly to Louisville. In those days there was quite a line of communication between Dubois County and Louisville. Later he bought a very good farm in sections 14 and 15, north of Jasper. He was a faithful Methodist and for his day, a rich man. In 1869 his assessment shows he was assessed for $11,670. In 1865 he was one of the ninety-seven taxpayers of Dubois County that paid an income tax. His income tax was $64.20. Only two in the county paid more."