Biography of James Kinder

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James Kinder, deceased, was born in Brumsgrove, England, July 2, 1882. He was educated in his native country, and was there married in 1851 to Ann G. Dyball. In 1852 he came with his family to America, landing at Boston. He resided in New Hampshire a few years, and in April, 1856, he came to La Salle, the family coming in August of the same year. He was the first blacksmith employed in the La Salle Coal Shaft where he worked about three years, after which he moved with his family back to Massachusetts, remaining there four years when they returned to La Salle. Mr. Kinder then opened up a blacksmith shop where he carried on business several years. He was then employed by the La Salle Coal Company, and later went to Chicago where he was employed by the Crane Brothers, manufacturers of gas pipes and-wrought iron pipes, and he was the third gas pipe maker in this country. He returned home from Chicago sick and died May 9, 1883. He served as Highway Commissioner, and for several years was a School Director. He bought a good farm on which he lived fifteen years, and which is still worked by his widow and her two sons. The farm contains eighty-nine acres of choice land. To Mr. and Mrs. Kinder were born eight children-Joseph U., James T., John R, Ann E., Lydia E., Amelia M., Alfred G. and Theriza F.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886