"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.542-43
William O. Zintsmaster. It would be difficult to find a better illustration of self-made success than that exemplified in the career of William O. Zintsmaster, of Polk township. Dependent upon his own resources since the age of fourteen years, he has worked his way upward by indomitable courage and unfailing perseverance to a position among the substantial farmers of his community, and for this reason is eminently entitled to mention in a history of the representative men of Huntington county. Mr. Zintsmaster was born in Stark county, Ohio, November 13, 1858, and is a son of John Zintsmaster, who enlisted during the Civil war in the Seventy-fifth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until his death. He had formerly purchased a farm in Polk township, from Doctor Depew, and this has continued to remain in the Zintsmaster name to the present time, now being the home of our subject. It contains sixty acres.
The only survivor of his parentsâ€™ six children, William O. Zintsmaster has spent his entire career in Polk township. He was but a lad when his father died, and his early education was neglected, as his mother married again, and the lad was left to shift for himself. When he was fourteen years of age he took up the burden of self support, bravely accepting whatever honorable employment presented itself, but his wages were meagre (sic) and he was able to save almost nothing. Accordingly, he arrived at manâ€™s estate without capital save his willing hands and a stout heart. Through hard and persistent labor, he finally managed to accumulate enough money to invest in thirty acres of land, a part of the property formerly owned by his father, and when this had been put under a good state of cultivation, he added thirty acres more to it, this having since been developed into a valuable farm. Pleasant Home Farm, as it is known, is located in section 3, Polk township, three miles south and three-quarters of a mile west of Andrews. It is rich, fertile soil, and under Mr. Zintsmasterâ€™s capable management and intelligent treatment yields large crops annually. He favors modern methods and keeps fully abreast of the developments constantly being made in agricultural work, and has the reputation of being a practical and progressive farmer. Those who have had dealings with him account him a man of integrity and business honor, and as a loyal friend he is popular with a wide circle of Polk townshipâ€™s best people.
Mr. Zintsmaster was married in 1879 to Miss Louanna Benson, who was born in Kansas, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret (Russon) Benson. When she was fourteen years of age she was brought to Polk township, and here her education was completed in the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Zintsmaster have had three children, namely: Roy, who is single and is engaged in assisting his father in the cultivation of the home farm; Iva, who is the wife of Russell Collins, a farmer of Lagro township, Wabash county; and Alonzo, single, who lives in Wabash county. Mr. and Mrs. Zintsmaster are consistent members of the Christian church at Andrews, in which he has served for several years as deacon. For a long period he was a supporter of the principles of the Republican party, but in 1912 his own spirit of progress led him to cast his ballot with the new progressive party. His life has been characterized by a strict adherence to duty and his standing in his community is accordingly high.