Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp 535-538 [Ballard]
ISAAC NEWTON TRIMBLE is widely known in business circles and honored and respected by all, and there is no man who occupies a more enviable position as a representative of financial interests of Wickliffe than does the subject of this review, who is now the president of the First National Bank of Wickliffe. His success in all his undertakings has been so marked that his methods are of interest to the business world. He has based his business
principles and actions upon strict adherence to the rules which govern industry, economy and unswerving integrity. His enterprise and progressive spirit have made him a typical American in every sense of the word, and he well deserves mention in the history of western Kentucky. What he is to-day [sic] he has made himself, for he began in the world with nothing save his own energy and willing hands to aid him. By constant exertion, associated with good judgment, he has raised himself to the prominent position which he now holds, having the friendship of many and the respect of all who know him.
Mr. Trimble was born on a farm in Livingston county, Kentucky, February 14, 1862, and is a son of James A. and Eliza (Davis) Trimble. The father was born in Livingston county and spent his entire life there with the exception of a brief period of four years passed in California, at the time of the gold excitement on the Pacific coast. He has always carried on farming, and is now following that pursuit at the age of sixty-two years. He represents one of the pioneer families of Livingston county, the grandfather of our subject having there located at an early day. James A. Trimble was united in marriage to Eliza Davis, a native of Ballard county, Kentucky, and a daughter of Joseph Davis, who settled in that county when it was a frontier region. Mrs. Trimble died in 1875, when about thirty-eight years of age. She had become the mother of eight children, but only three are now living.
Isaac N. Trimble is the only representative of the family in Ballard county. He was reared in Livingston county until he reached the age of seventeen years, and during that time acquired a fair common school education. Upon leaving the home he went to Blandville, then the county seat of Ballard county. His uncle, W. H. Davis, was then serving as sheriff of that county, and Mr. Trimble became deputy sheriff, in which capacity he served for seven
years, under his uncle and his successors. There was a brief interval, however, during his service, for in 1882 he went to Paducah, where he engaged as a clerk in a mercantile house, carrying dry-goods, boots and shoes, and owned by George T. Irvin & Company. He occupied that position for eight months and then returned to Ballard county, where he again became deputy sheriff. Later Mr. Trimble engaged in farming for three years near Hazelwood, Kentucky, and in 1895 came to Wickliffe, where he has since been a prominent representative of financial interests. His name figures conspicuously in the history of banking business of this place. On locating here he was made president of the Bank of Wickliffe and later became the president of the Bank of Western Kentucky. On the organization of the First National Bank he was chosen as the chief officer of the institution, and under his guidance this enterprise has become one of the strong financial concerns of the county. For a short time Mr. Trimble also conducted a private bank in Wickliffe, but discontinued this on the organization of the Bank of Western Kentucky.
In 1887 Mr. Trimble was united in marriage to Miss Joanna Davis, of Ballard county, and they have three children. Exerting his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Democracy, Mr. Trimble has always been found as an unfaltering supporter of the party. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and has been deeply interested in whatever pertains to the growth of the county along material, social and intellectual and moral lines. In business affairs he is energetic, prompt and notably reliable, and while he has gained prosperity it has not been alone the goal for which he has striven, for he belongs to that class of representative American citizens who promote the general welfare while advancing individual interests.