Biography of Thomas J. Kirkpatrick
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





THOMAS J. KIRKPATRICK editor Farnihad Fireside, Springfield. Thomas J. Kirkpatrick was born in Dayton, Ohio, on the 23d of September, 1855, being the second of three children, all boys, the oldest dead and the youngest living. When 4 years of age, his father left for the Pacific Coast to engage in mining, being a mining expert; for many years he was believed to be dead; though the first years of absence he contributed to the family support, yet to his mother was due not only the greater part of his sustenance during boyhood, but the guidance and formation of his business habits and moral character; the labor of her hands secured to him the benefits of education. About June 1, 1870, feeling unwilling to longer burden his mother, he entered the United Brethren Publishing House to learn the printing business, being then 15; after remaining a year, his uncle, P. P. Mast, offered him a situation in his office, in which he was installed on Jan. 1, 1871; his experience in the printing business secured him the control of P. P. Mast & Co.'s private printing office, which they put in the following spring; in the subsequent fall, Mr. Mast announced, in Mr. Kirkpatrick's presence, his intention to employ a stenographic amanuensis, which position, at Mr. Kirkpatrick's request, he held for him, and, acquiring the art in three months, Mr. Kirkpatrick occupied and held the position until the summer of 1874, when, expressing to Mr. Mast his desire to pursue a legal course, his benefactor again came to his aid, defraying his expenses at the Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, for two years, at the end of which time Mr. Kirkpatrick discovered that his natural bent was not in the direction of legal attainments, and he returned to Springfield in June, 1876, and occupied the position of Mr. Mast's private secretary. On May 8, 1877, he married Miss S. Corinna Reid, of Jackson, Mick, who is but two months his junior; Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick's parents are living. In August, 1877, to Mr. Kirkpatrick was awarded the editorial chair of the Farm and Fireside, a new agricultural and home journal started by P. P. Mast & Co., since which time he has filled with admirable success this position, and in June, 1879, he and his co laborateur, Mr. J. S. Crowell, the young and enterprising manager, and, to a great extent. creator, of the establishment, were constituted equal partners with P. P. Mast in the Farm and Fireside office, and the business of the paper is now assuming stupendous proportions. Mr. Kirkpatrick is one of Springfield's rising young men, and is in the avocation for which nature has best fitted him; he is quiet, genuine, clear headed and industrious, with an unblemished character and splendid prospects. Mr. Kirkpatrick is a man of earnest convictions and fixed principles, to which he lives fully up and adheres undeviatingly; he is a strong and wholesome moral element in the community, and eminently fitted by nature and culture for his position.

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


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