Abraham Wesley Lincoln was born October 25, 1934 in the small village of
Gordon, Ohio just as the clock began to strike 12 Noon. His parents were Lurton Clarence Lincoln and Vivia Elizabeth [Ballengee] Lincoln. The
midwife was Emma Schoenfelt. Abraham weighed 10.5 pounds at birth.
Abraham is President Lincoln's third cousin — three times removed.
Abraham entered the US Army in 1953 and took basic training at Camp
Breckinridge, Kentucky. He completed clerk typist school at Camp
Breckinridge and was the company clerk of the 101st Airborne Division's
2nd Regimental Combat Team - destination Korea.
Aboard the troopship, U.S.S. Breckinridge, orders
were changed and by the time he arrived in Honolulu, his new destination
was Yokohama, Japan. From the Camp Drake Replacement Depot. From there Abe
was sent to Sapporo, Japan in November 1953 and he began wearing the
1st Cavalry Division
shoulder patch. He was transferred to Sendai in April 1954 and became
a member of XVI Corps
which was one of the early Corps in the area. After the XVI Corps was
retired all members began wearing the
IX Corps patch at
Abraham was transferred to Camp Schimmelpfennig
and became a member of the famous 1st Cavalry Division and
5th Cavalry Regiment.
While in the 5th Cavalry, he was a member of the
assault team that retraced the landing on
ten years earlier. Abraham left Japan in April 1956 and returned to
the United States.
While Abraham was in Japan, he took hundreds of
photographs. Those photos are the foundation of his famous
Web Site that has been repeatedly written about in the Kahoku Shimpo
newspaper and shown on Miyagi Television in Sendai, Japan. It is a
fabulous photographic essay that records the history of Sendai-shi.
Research and Development NCR
After his discharge, Abraham worked in Research and Development at the
National Cash Register Company from 1957 to 1967. His work was related to
Data Card Readers, Lunar Shelters, Rescue Beacons, Thermal Printing, Micro-encapsulation, and
electronic warfare vehicles used in Vietnam.
After his return to civilian life Abe was constantly involved in oil painting, drawing, and
wood carving. He won many awards and sold many works of art that hang
in board rooms, and lobbies of buildings around the country. He also
illustrated numerous magazine articles for national publications.
He has written more than two dozen books and most have been used on the
college level in this country and abroad. One, The Buffalo and Indians,
was written entirely by hand and bound in leather, and it won an
international award. One of his first workbooks has sold over one million
After attending classes at the University of Cincinnati, Abraham became a
school teacher in 1967/68 and taught until 1976 when he went into
full-time business at home working on calligraphy products and services.
Wall Street Journal
A story about him appeared on the front page of the Wall Street
Journal in 1978. He is the only local businessman who has ever been
written about in the WSJ.
Abraham did a thirteen week television series partially sponsored
by Parker Pen Ltd. that was shown on PBS stations in the United States and
on The Learning Channel in other countries.
He was among the first calligraphers to produce educational videos
and workbooks for scribes and calligraphers-to-be. He also invented
numerous products still used by calligraphers including the split nib
marker and the polymer gilding medium.
Web Site Designer and Developer
He currently operates a Web designing service:
Whiz Bang Graphics
in Brookville, Ohio.