Biography of Leonard J. Kinzel
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Leonard J. Kinzel is a World War veteran and a popular young man of Columbiana County. He was born at Mount Alta, W. Va., Sept. 1, 1894, and is the son of John and Nancy (Younger) Kinzel.

John Kinzel, who is successfully engaged in general farming in Beaver County, Pa., is a native of West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Kinzel are the parents of the following children: Alma, lives at Detroit, Mich.; Anna, married J. H. Fultz, lives at Wellsville; Waldo, lives in West Virginia; Mildred, married Fred Beckwith, lives at Parkersburg, W. Va.; Leonard J., the subject of this sketch; Myrtle, married Roy Green, lives in Detroit, Mich.; Lena, married Fred Workman, lives at Wellsville; Lewis, at home; and Dean, died in infancy.

Leonard J. Kinzel attended the public schools of West Virginia and spent his boyhood on his father's farm. He entered the employ of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company when a young man and was later identified with the Pennsylvania Railroad for 14 years. He served throughout the World War as a member of Company I, 26th Infantry, First Division, and was wounded in action during the Argonne Drive.

In 1920 he was employed by the B. & O. R. R. as a brakeman. In January, 1921, he was laid off and in June, 1921, began truck driving for the Windland Brothers of East Liverpool, where he has since been employed.

On Dec. 23, 1920, Mr. Kinzel was united in marriage with Miss Cecile Thomas, of East Liverpool, where she was born Aug. 5, 1898, the daughter of W. R. and Laura (Hollinger) Thomas, residents of East Liverpool. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are the parents of nine children, as follows: Howard, a World War veteran, lives at East Liverpool; Mrs. Kinzel; Olive, married Robert Grafton, lives at Lisbon, Ohio; Delos, at home; James, lives in East Liverpool; Maude, married Raymond Dunn, lives in East Liverpool; Georgianna, Laura and Mary Jane, all at home. To Leonard and Cecile (Thomas) Kinzel two daughters have been born: Natalie, born Oct. 25, 1921; and Wanda, born Dec. 25, 1923.

Mr. Kinzel is a Republican, a member of the Christian Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He and his wife have a wide acquaintance in the community and are favorably known.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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