Biography of Lewis C. Kimble



Kalamazoo County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

LEWIS C. KIMBLE, who was the second child of Charles Kimble, was born in Dyberry township, Wayne Co., Pa., Jan. 12, 1815. He was the oldest of the family who came to Michigan, and had almost full charge of the farm from the start. He was young and strong, and had been brought up to work, and the clearing and improving was due mainly to his labor and management. After paying for their land they had but little left and saw many privations. They were the second family of settlers in the town, and Lewis C. is now the oldest living settler. He has lived to see the wilderness grow into aprosperous and populous township. When Mr. Kimble's people came to Brady, Schoolcraft, Brady, and Wakeshma were all one. Schoolcraft was set off in 1841, the other two being left as Brady. Mr. Wilcox was the ftrst supervisor and held it two terms. Mr. Kimble, although quite young, was next elected, and has held the office fourteen terms, being more terms than any other man has ever held the office in the county. When first elected he was poor. He had no home, and used to walk to Kalamazop to attend the meetings of the board, and return on foot, making a thirty-six miles' walk. He has also been town treasurer, and is now serving his fourth term. as justice of the peace. He has in his official positions worked for the best interests of his township, and filled the offices with credit to himself and his constituents. In politics, Democratic; in religion, liberal. On the 13th day of October, 1844, he married Miss Amanda M. Osborn, daughter of Judge Nathan Osborn, who was born Dec. 2, 1825, and died June 16, 1853. Their union was blessed with four children, as fbllows: E. Ransom, born July 29, 1845; Ann Venriette, Jan. 17, 1848; Lorinda, Oct. 19, .1849, died Aug. 6, 1850; and James E., Nov. 16, 1850. For his second wife Mr. Kimble married Mrs. Elizabeth A. Seymour, who was born Feb. 24, 1811. They have one child, Lewis S., born Jan. 24, 1856.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.