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Alexander Tindle, sheriff of Adair county and a veteran of the World war, was born near Stilwell on the 23d of April, 1893, a son of James L. and Annie (Johnson) Tindle. The father was a native of Missouri, who went to Indian Territory at an early age and there married Miss Annie Johnson, a member of a prominent Cherokee family, her parents having originally come from Georgia. For many years Mr. Tindle engaged in farming and stock raising and achieved substantial success in that connection.
His demise occurred on the 20th of April, 1906. His widow is still living. To their, union three sons and three daughters were born, Alexander being the third child in order of birth.
Alexander Tindle received his education in the public schools of Adair county and in due time entered the Jefferson high school at Muskogee.
Upon putting his textbooks aside he started to work on a stock ranch and he was active in that capacity for a period of four years. For the following three years he was a salesman for a large hardware concern and remained in their employ until the 12th of May, 1917, when he enlisted for service in the World war, becoming a member of Headquarters Company, Sixth Infantry, Fifth Division, and was sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was in training there for nine months and sailed for France on the 19th of April, 1918. From the 21st of June to. the 16th of July, 1919, he was inactive service in the Lake Noir sector and he was at St. Die, from the 17th of July, to the 21st of August. He was active at St. Mihiel and at Meuse and Argonne and for three months he was a member of the Army of Occupation, being stationed at Coblenz, Germany. He was in detached service for some time being a member of Casual Company, No. 1463; Hoboken Casual Company, No. 337; and he was a member of Company No. 62, Sixteenth Replacement Battalion and of the One Hundred and Sixty-second Demobilization Corps until the 15th of April, 1919. He returned to the United States on the 19th of March, 1919, and received his honorable discharge at Camp Pike, April 15, 1919. He then returned to Adair county and in November, 1920, was elected to the office of sheriff, becoming active in that office in January, 1921.
Since age conferred upon Mr. Tindle the right of franchise he has given his stanch support to the republican party and the principles for which it stands. His religious faith is that of the Baptist church and fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen or World. He is one of the alert and enterprising, young men of the county and his friends are legion.