[Note: RKW put this file together years ago.]
Henry E. Kibbe was born at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, on July 31, 1861. When he was a small child his parents moved to Northampton, Massachusetts.
Mr. Kibbe moved to Kansas in 1884. He passed thru Winfield on his way to a job with the J. D. Shaw lumber company in Harper. He stayed at Harper a short time before moving to Elk Falls to accept another job.
He came to Winfield in 1886 to accept a job with the First National Bank. On October 12, 1886, he married Miss Leoti Gary and established a home at 1003 east Ninth street. In the fall of 1895 he went to work for the Bank of Douglass and remained there till March 1904. He then accepted a position with the Winfield National Bank and came back to Winfield. H. E. Kibbe and James Lorton bought controlling interest in the Winfield National Bank in 1912. Kibbe remained with the bank until he retired in 1945.
Mrs. Kibbe died February 26, 1926. They had no children. Mrs. Kibbe had one sister, Mrs. J. W. Olds, and one brother, George C. Gary. In memory of his wife Mr. Kibbe presented Southwestern College with a memorial organ.
Kibbe and Lorton sold their interest in the Winfield National Bank to the Mullendore brothers in August 1945. In September the Mullendore’s sold their interest to the First National Bank of Winfield.
Henry E. Kibbe died February 28, 1947. Mr. Kibbe was a lifelong member and for years a trustee of the Methodist Church. He was a member of the Masonic lodge for over 50 years. He also served as a trustee of Southwestern College for many years.