WILLIAM F. STINE, of Charlotte, one of the able members of the bar of this section of the state and president of an important corporation known as the Eaton County Loan & Real Estate Company, was born in Fremont, Sandusky county, Ohio, March 17, 1868, and is a son of William W. and Sarah J. Stine, the former of whom figures as the subject of an individual sketch in this history, so that a recapitulation of the family record is not demanded at this juncture. When the subject of the present review was a lad of eleven years his parents removed from Ohio to Charlotte Michigan, where he was reared to maturity and has continuously made his home, identifying himself intimately and prominently with the best interests of the community and having advanced to no slight precedence in the work of the exacting profession of law. He was graduated in the Charlotte high school, after which he was for a time a student in Olivet College, at Olivet, this county. For two years he was variously employed, taking advantage of such opportunities as afforded him a means of gaining the funds to enable him to complete his educational training. He took up the study of law in the office of Huggett & Smith, of Charlotte, and later continued his technical reading under the preceptorship of Judge Van Zile, of Detroit. He was admitted to the bar of the Eaton county circuit in the year 1893, and he then became associated with James M. Powers and entered the active practice of his profession in Charlotte, this alliance continuing for some time. He served two terms as city attorney and in 1900 was elected judge of probate of the county, retaining this office until 1902, when he resigned the same, to devote the major portion of his time and attention to the interests of the Eaton County Loan & Real Estate Company, of which he was one of the principal promoters and one of the organizers. The company was duly incorporated under the laws of the state, in 1902, and Mr. Stine has been president from the inception. The other members of the executive corps are as follows: Chas. W. Morrell, vice-president; Vaughan G. Griffith, secretary and treasurer. The company exercises most beneficent functions and has built up a large and substantial business, while its operations can not but conserve the progress and material prosperity of the city and county in which the enterprise has headquarters. Mr. Stine is at this writing president of the Business Men's Association, and is also a zealous and enthusiastic worker in the cohorts of the grand old Republican party, and he is chairman of the county committee of the same at the time of this writing. In a fraternal way he is identified with the Masonic order. In 1892 Mr. Stine was united in marriage to Miss L. Louise Pratt, of Charlotte, and their only child, Dorothy, was born June 7, 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Stine are prominent and popular in the best social life of their home city, and as a citizen he is distinctively progressive and public-spirited.