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Kimball, Albert W. 1822-1894


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 10/21/2014 at 16:40:40

Seldom has our community been so startled s when the sad intelligence was communicated of the sudden death of Albert W. Kimball, which occurred at his home on the afternoon of Sunday, March 25th, 1894, of heart failure, aged 71 years, eleven months and twenty-five days.

Although not being in very good health, having suffered for years with lung trouble, his family did not think the end was so near. After returning from a visit in Michigan last fall, was never quite so well, having had a severe attack while there of the grippe.

On Tuesday afternoon, over two hundred friends and neighbors gathered at the house to pay their last sad tribute to the dear departed, whose memory will be cherished as that of an obliging neighbor, lending a helping hand to those in trouble, with a kind smile and cheerful word to everyone, especially the young people of whom he was a great favorite.

In this hour of bereavement the heart broken widow and children know that the hand of sympathy is extended by one and all. Funeral service were conducted by Rev. Bower, an aged Baptist minister of West Union, and the remains interred in the Illyria and Highland cemetery.

Albert W. Kimball was one of the pioneer settlers of Fayette county, and was born in the Empire state, in St. Lawrence county, March 30, 1822, and was the eighth child, there having been ten children, of whom but one is now living, Stephen H. Kimball, of Lyons, Ionia county, Michigan, who was present at the funeral.

The deceased's early life passed uneventfully in the usual manner of farmer's lads, and when 22 years of age he left the parental roof to seek his fortunes in the outside world. Crossing the Mississippi into Iowa in 1840, he became a resident of Clayton county, where he spent nine years.

In 1848 he enlisted for the Mexican war and served on guard duty at Fort Atkinson some sixty-five days. In view thereof he received a land warrant and a pension.

On the 25th of November 1849, Mr. Kimball led to the marriage altar Miss Lucy Mullinex. Three children were born to them, Laua A., wife of A.A. Savage, Orlo D. and Ella, wife of William Richards. All are living in Colorado.

The mother of this family died in December, 1854, and on the 15th of June, 1856, he wedded Miss Elizabeth Kerr, formerly of Trumball county, Ohio, but then living in Union twp., Iowa. Nine children blessed this union and all are living: Lida E., wife of Fred Reynolds, of Omaha, Nebraska; Oscar M.; Albert R.; Lucy H., wife of Richard Probert; Oliver S., a resident of West Union; Flora Anna; Roy R; Charles O. and Edgar D. All of the children were present at the funeral except the four eldest.

Thus has passed away one of the landmarks.

~Elkader Register, Thursday, April 5, 1894 (Highland news column)


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