John Frinzell was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1842. He came to Atoka, Indian Territory in 1870 where he had the first blacksmith and wagon factory in the county. He married in 1874 Amelia Smallwood, daughter of ex-Govenor Smallwood. John and his wife Amelia had four children, one of whom was John Francis, aged fourteen, survives. Mr. Frinzell is an excellent mechanic and has built a large trade for himself. He is sober, industrious and highly respected by everybody. He owns two farms close to Atoka, containing 150 acres under cultivation and a small stock of cattle.
[src.} Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory with Interesting Biographical Sketches, Choctaws and Chickasaws, Vol. 1; by H. F. O’Beirne