Biography of Lemuel Kinkead
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LEMUEL KINKEAD.
The demise of Lemuel Kinkead, which occurred on the it th of December, 1908, was the occasion of much sincere regret in Knoxville, although he passed away in Des Moines, in which city he had made his home from 1892. He was a lawyer by profession and gained considerable prominence at the bar. He was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, on the 10th of May, 1846, a son of David and Lydia (Haines) Kinkead, who in 1854 came to this county, where the former died the following year of cholera when still a young man. He was a lawyer and had practiced for a number of years in Ohio before removing to this state. His birth occurred in Virginia, although he was of Irish descent. His wife came of Pennsylvania Dutch parentage and lived to be seventy five years of age, dying in 1876. Both were members of the Methodist church and were most estimable people.

Lemuel Kinkead was eight years of age when he accompanied his parents to this county and here he continued to live until June, 1861, when he enlisted at the age of fifteen years in Company E, Eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at Shiloh but recovered and served for three years, or until he was honorably discharged, January 27, 1864, at Memphis, on account of disability. He participated in seven regular battles besides many skirmishes. Real. izing that his education was incomplete, he returned to school and also read avidly in his spare time. He had been obliged to leave school while still a youth and had learned the printer's trade, at which he was employed at the time of his enlistment, but he continued his habit of wide reading and was largely self educated. He followed his trade for some years after returning from the war and then began reading law in the office of Atherton & Anderson, one of the leading legal firms of Knoxville. He applied himself assiduously to his study and in less than a year, or on the 7th of June, 187s, was admitted to the bar. He began practice at once and became one of the successful attorneys of Knoxville, where he resided until 1892, when he removed to Des Moines. He was one of the well known members of the bar of that city and continued in the active practice of his profession until his death. While in this city he was a partner of T. J. Anderson for some time. He devoted his energies to general practice and was very successful.

In 1865 Mr. Kinkead was married at Knoxville to Miss Jennie Zuck, who was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1846 and in 1850 removed to Ohio with her parents. Two years later the family came to Iowa. Her father, John Zuck, was of German descent and was a saddler by trade. He died in 1855 of cholera. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah Johnston, was of English extraction. Both were members of the United Brethren church and highly esteemed in their community. The paternal grandmother of Mrs. Kinkead lived to an unusual age, passing the century mark. To Mr. and Mrs. Kinkead were born three sons and two daughters. Arthur L., who resides in Huron, South Dakota, is a well known and prosperous real estate dealer. He married Miss Franc Atherton, a daughter of the late J. B. Atherton, and they have two daughters, Ethel and Beryl. W. C., a resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduated from the law department of the State University of Iowa and has since practiced his profession. He married Miss Clara Button, of Creston, Iowa, and to them has been born a son, Robert. Alta is the wife of T. C. Fetrow, who is engaged in the insurance business in Chicago. They have a daughter, Katherine. Olive is the wife of Dr. Charles M. Harrington, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. James is engaged in the wholesale grocery business at Mitchell, South Dakota. He married Miss Sadie Littler, a daughter of C. S. Littler, of Des Moines, and they have two children, William C. and Virginia.

Mr. Kinkead was a member of the Masonic Order, the Knights of Pythias and the Grand Army of the Republic. His widow belongs to the Woman's Relief Corps and the Bay. View Club and has many warm friends. Mr. Kinkead is well remembered in Knoxville and those who knew him honored and esteemed him.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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