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William H. Kimball.A well known and highly esteemed citizen of Ludington, where he is incumbent of the office of city treasurer, Mr. Kimball is well entitled to recognition as one of the representative men of Mason county, and he has passed the major portion of his life thus far in Michigan, where his parents took up their residence in the middlepioneer epoch.

William H. Kimball was born in Schuyler county, New York, on the 1st of December, 1842, and is a son of John Kimball, who was born and reared in that state, where he continued to reside until 1859, when he removed with his family to Michigan and settled in Jackson county, where he purchased a tract of land and developed a productive farm. He was one of the sterling citizens of that section of the state and ever commanded the unqualified esteem of his fellow men. He lived to attain the patriarchal age of ninety-one years and virtually his entire active career was one of close identification with agricultural pursuits. He was a son of William Kimball, who was born in Maryland, and whose father was a native of Holland, a country from whence he emigrated to America in the Colonial days. Mrs. Elizabeth (Horton) Kimball, mother of him whose name initiates this article, was likewise born and reared in the old Empire state of the Union, as was also her father, Thomas Horton, a scion of stanch English stock. The lineage of the Horton family is authentically traced back to the sixteenth century. Mrs. Elizabeth (Horton) Kimball passed the closing years of her life in Jackson county, Michigan, and was eighty-three years of age when she was summoned to eternal rest. Of the seven children five attained to maturity and four are living at the present time.

William H. Kimball, the sixth in order of birth of the seven children of John and Elizabeth (Horton) Kimball, is indebted to the common schools of his native state for his early educational discipline and was sixteen years of age when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Michigan, in 1859. He assisted in the work of the home farm in Jackson county until he was prompted by patriotism and loyalty to respond to the call of higher duty, when the integrity of the nation was thrown into jeopardy through armed rebellion. He was among the first to tender his services in defense of the Union. In September, 1861, he enlisted as a member of Company H, First Michigan Engineers, in which command he served for three years, during the major portion of which time he held the office of corporal. He took part in many of the important engagements marking the progress of the great conflict between the North and South, and it should be noted that he participated in the battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the siege of Corinth and the battle of Stone River. He was never absent from his regiment during the entire period of his service as a valiant and faithful soldier of the republic, and he received his honorable discharge at Atlanta in October, 1864, at the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Upon the termination of his military career Mr. Kimball returned to Jackson county, where he continued to be actively associated with the great basic industry of agriculture until 1873, when he came to northern Michigan and established his home in the village of Ludington, where he has thus resided for nearly two score of years, within which he has witnessed the development of this section into one of the most prosperous and attractive in the state. For many years he gave his attention to lumber inspecting, and in this line he had much to do with the exploiting of the magnificent timber resources which so long gave Michigan prestige and industrial prosperity. Mr. Kimball has been loyal and progressive as a citizen and bis sterling characteristics and unmistakable ability have marked him as specially eligible for offices of public ' trust and responsibility.

In 1894 he was elected sheriff of Mason county, and after giving a most admirable administration during his first term of two years he was elected his own successor, in 1896, thus serving four consecutive years in this exacting office. He was supervisor for the Second ward of Ludington three years and is now serving his third consecutive term in the office of city treasurer of Ludington. Strongly fortified in his political convictions and opinions, Mr. Kimball is uncompromising in his allegiance to the cause of the Republican party, and during the long years of his residence in Mason county he has shown a specially vital interest in public affairs and has given his influence and co-operation in the forwarding of enterprises and measures that have tended to advance the general welfare of the community. Mr. Kimball is an apprcciative and valued member of Pap Williams Post, No. 15, Grand Army of the Republic, is affiliated with Pere Marquette Lodge, No. 299, Free & Accepted Masons, and is a member of the Congregational church.

In the year 1873 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Kimball to Miss Laura Inez Fellows, a school teacher, and who was born and reared in Jackson county, this state, a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Kimball have two sons, Dr. Horton Fellows and Dr. John A. E., both of whom are skilled members of the dental profession and both of whom are engaged in successful practice in the state of Idaho.

A history of northern Michigan and its people, Volume 2 By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler

 

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