Biography of Joseph L. Kidder
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOSEPH L. KIDDER, Springfield. Mr. Kidder is a native of Ohio, born in Madison County in 1827. His youth was principally spent in Akron, where he learned the business of tobacconist, and has since been employed in that trade until within the past three years. He came to Springfield in 1853, and has since resided here, with the exception of about two years absence in Iowa. He was for a number of years engaged here in the manufacture of cigars, and as wholesale and retail dealer in tobacco; he built the Western engine house, and used it for a tobacco factory several years. In 1877. being out of business, he leased ground and erected a building with a view of experimenting on the practicability of keeping an eating house, which should furnish meals and lunch at popular rates. A look at his rooms will convince the most skeptical that he has satisfactorily solved the problem and secured a large custom; he is located on Market street, near the market square; there is a double front with separate entrances, one leading to the lunch counter, in the rear of which is the general dining hall; the other ushers you into the ladies' dining hall, which has a ladies' dressing room and other conveniences, while a large space in the rear of the dining halls is devoted to the culinary department. Mr. Kidder served the public as member of Council several years; is a member of the I. O. O. F., and a respected citizen; has a family of two children - Mrs. C. P. Stauffer, of Dayton, and William S. Mrs. Kidder, nee Miss Matilda Steele, is a daughter of Marshfield S. Steele, deceased, who was formerly actively and successfully engaged in business here, and one of the substantial and respected citizens of Springfield; her mother, now in her 81st year, still resides here.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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