Biography of Leonard T. Kimball
Buchanan County, IA Biographies





Leonard T. Kimball, president of the State Savings Bank at Quasqueton, is one of the more progressive among the younger business men of the county. He never fears to venture where favoring opportunity points out the way. Moreover, he is fortunate in possessing character and ability which inspire confidence in others, and it has been the simple weight of his character and ability that has carried him into important business relations.

Mr. Kimball was born in this county in 1886, a son of T. H. and Lilly (Cottrell) Kimball, also natives of this county and representatives of old pioneer families. The paternal grandparents came to Iowa at an early period in the settlement of this state, and in Quasqueton T. H. Kimball was reared. In early life he began farming on his own account and later bought and sold cattle in and near Quasqueton. He likewise engaged in buying and selling land and became an active factor in business circles. He was also one of the organizers of the State Savings Bank, of which he became the first president, and he has been interested in several different business concerns and projects but has given the greater part of his time to his live stock, real estate and banking interests, in which he is still engaged, making his home in Quasqueton. His fellow townsmen have called him to the office of mayor through popular suffrage and his administration was characterized by a prompt and businesslike dispatch of duties. He has placed not a little of his money in the safest of all investments and is now the owner of considerable land in Buchanan county.

Leonard T. Kimball, who was one of a family of two children, the other being a brother, Bernard, who died when two years old, attended the country schools of Quasqueton and when eighteen years of age embarked in business on his own account as proprietor of a shoe store, which he conducted for two years. He then turned his attention to the hardware trade at Aurora, Iowa, but remained in that line for only a brief period, after which he engaged in general merchandising for two years. His entrance into the banking business was made while he was conducting his shoe store, at which time he was elected assistant cashier of the State Savings Bank of Qnasqneton. He proved capable and efficient in that connection and three years later was promoted to the position of cashier, serving in that capacity for four years. He was then elected to the presidency and has since remained at the head of this institution, which is conducted along safe, conservative lines, its business affairs being characterized at all times by thorough reliability. In addition to his banking interests Mr. Kimball owns valuable farm lands and is engaged in the raising of Polled Angus cattle, thus adding materially to his income.

In 1907 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Kimball and Miss Blanche E. Speeds, a native of Buchanan county and a daughter of W E and Roberta (Cooper) Spees, both representatives of well known pioneer families of Buchanan county. The father was born in 1862 and in early life he followed farming but afterward became proprietor of a hotel in Bellingham, Minnesota. He also engaged in the elevator business and at different times has conducted a barber shop. For a period he was also a traveling salesman. His wife, who was born in 1864, died in February, 1911. In the family were three children, including Mrs. Kimball, who by her marriage has become the mother of two daughters: Norma Maxine, born May 24, 1909; and Lorraine, born May 10, 1914. Mrs. Kimball is active in the social, club and literary circles of Quasqueton, in which she moves as a prominent and influential figure.

Mr. Kimball belongs to the Masonic fraternity and is very active in the home lodge, in which he is now serving as senior deacon, while both he and his wife are connected with the Order of the Eastern Star. His political indorsement is given to the republican party. He has served as treasurer of his city and as treasurer of the school board and has been a cooperant factor in many plans for the development and upbuilding of the town. His aid can always be counted upon to further any measure for the public good and he has scarcely entered upon a life which will undoubtedly increase in usefulness and value, both as a factor in community interests and in the upbuilding of his own fortunes.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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