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Noah W. Kimmel

[NOVEMBER 1871]   PAGE 434.
NOAH W. KIMMEL arrived in Cowley County, Kansas, in November 1871, and in February of the following year bought his home, in Creswell Township, comprising the southeast quarter of section 27, township 34, range 4 east. He also purchased 80 acres adjoining on the south, and soon became an extensive and successful producer of grain.
Noah W. Kimmel was born in Carroll County, Ohio, March 1, 1838, a son of Daniel and Lavina (Sweringer) Kimmel.
His father, Daniel Kimmel, was born in Pennsylvania, and died in Ohio, in 1887, aged 72. When nine years of age, Daniel Kimmel left Pennsylvania, and moved to Harmony district, Rose Township, Carroll County, Ohio, which is but a short distance from President McKinley's home. At a later period, he moved to Knox County, where he spent his last days. He was a Jackson Democrat, and a man of considerable prominence in his vicinity. His wife was born in Ohio, and died in Knox County, Ohio. They were the parents of nine children:  Katherine (Caster), who became a resident of Arkansas City in 1880; John, who died in Nebraska; Matilda (Hayden), who lived in Boulder, Colorado; Elizabeth Jane (Sibert), who resided in Illinois; Noah W.; Thomas J., who died in 1898; Richard, who lived in Mansfield, Ohio; William, a resident of Cleveland, Ohio; and Axey (McIntyre), who lived at Fredericktown, near Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Noah W. Kimmel remained under the parental roof until he was nineteen years of age, when he went to Hamilton County, Iowa, where he was engaged in teaching and farming.
In 1862 Noah W. Kimmel enlisted in Sawyer's brigade, and spent eleven months fighting the Sioux Indians, who were making a raid in Minnesota. He was mustered out in August, 1863, and in December of the same year reenlisted in the 2nd Reg., Iowa Vol. Cav., and served until the close of the Civil War. He participated in all the engagements in which his company took part, and was injured at Spring Hill. He had a fine war record.
He returned to Iowa and purchased land, remaining there until he journeyed to Cowley County, Kansas, and bought his farm from William McGee. Seven acres had been broken, and a claim house was standing on the farm. Mr. Kimmel "bached" until 1874. He then erected a frame house, which was his home until 1892, when it was destroyed by fire. He then rebuilt and occupied a comfortable home.
His old Kansas stable of poles and straw was later supplanted by a large and substantial barn. He had plenty of water, a windmill, and a stone tank, which he used as a milk cooler. He had pipes extending throughout his barn, through which water was forced by the windmill--this being but one of many like improvements. He set out a small orchard the first year, and to it kept adding trees until it covered 25 acres. With good crops, he was enabled to purchase 80 acres from C. A. Henshaw. He raised grain of all kinds and livestock, favoring Poland-China hogs and Durham cattle.
From 1891 to the spring of 1900, Mr. Kimmel resided in Arkansas City, where he owned a handsome house.

Mr. Kimmel was married in Iowa to Etta Hall, of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, who died in 1897. Her parents settled in Iowa when she was a girl of ten years. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kimmel:  Harry, who died in 1876; Eddie, who died in 1880; and Frances, who in 1901 was attending school at Wichita. Mr. Kimmel was a Republican, and served two years as treasurer of Creswell Township. He was formerly a member of the G. A. R. Religiously, he was a Presbyterian.
Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color          Place/birth        Where from
Noah Kimmel               35    m    w                 Ohio                   Iowa
M. E. Kimmel         26     f     w                  Pennsylvania                 Iowa
Arkansas City 1893: N. W. Kimmel, 62; spouse, M. E., 45.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1877.
DIED. Of brain fever, Aug. 30th, 1877, Harry W., only child of N. W. and M. E. Kimmel; aged 1 year, 4 months, and 14 days.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.
The report was a mistake that Dr. Leonard sold his farm adjoining the town site on the south to a sister of Noah Kimmel’s, for $4,500, including the fruit on the trees and grain on the farm.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1877.
The Democrats of this township held a meeting Saturday night and elected five delegates and five alternates to attend the Democratic nominating convention at Winfield next Saturday. The delegates are M. E. Welch, Amos Walton, Noah Kimmel, A. J. Burrell, and M. R. Leonard.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
DIED. At Belleville, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1877, Daniel Kimmel, aged 72 years.
Mr. Kimmel visited his son at this place during the months of August and September last. His death was caused by a cold contracted while on his return journey. His bereaved relatives have the sympathy of their many friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1878.
T. L. Brown, Noah Kimmel, and E. Baldwin sold their hogs for $2.95 per 100 weight, and considered it a good sale under the present market. But little wheat was being offered or bought. Very few wagons on the road, and we saw but two droves of hogs.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 17, 1878.
The house of Mr. N. W. Kimmel was gladdened, one day last week, by the arrival of a new voter.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 21, 1878.
The following gentlemen were elected delegates and alter­nates to the Democratic Convention to be held at Winfield, August 24th, 1878. Delegates: W. Green, Noah Kimmel, Pat Somers, Judge Christian, T. McIntire, and S. B. Adams. Alternates: Amos Walton, John Gooch, E. M. Godfrey, J. Holloway, J. W. Hutchinson, and J. P. Eckles.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. N. B. Hughes, Mrs. Huey, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. McClung, Mrs. James Benedict.

SOLICITING: East side of city: Mrs. W. Benedict and Mrs. C. R. Sipes. West side of city: Mrs. Hutchison, Mrs. J. T. Shepard. East Bolton: Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Dr. Carlisle. West Bolton: Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Marshall. East of Walnut: Mrs. E. Parker and Mrs. N. Kimmel.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.
At the Democratic primary Thursday, May 6, the following persons were chosen as delegates and alternates to the Democratic county convention to be held in Winfield on the 15th of this month.
DELEGATES: Noah Kimmel, S. B. Adams, Amos Walton, Wm. Aumann, T. McIntire, P. F. Endicott, J. W. Hutchison, F. M. Peek, Jno. Halloway, Ed. Green.
ALTERNATES: A. P. Hutchison, Walter Dolby, J. E. Cox, Jas. Benedict, H. Godehard, Jas. Wilson, Wm. Bahruth, W. H. Brown, Jno. Weir, R. E. Fitzpatrick.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1880.
DIED. An infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Kimmel, aged two years, died last Sunday and was buried on Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1880.
A number of the farmers living east of the Walnut met at the residence of R. L. Marshall on November 11, and organized a Bird Protective Club, with R. L. Marshall as president, J. R. Perry as secretary, and Uriah Spray as treasurer. They complain very much of the way in which the game has been ruthlessly slaughtered, and express themselves as determined to put a stop thereto. In witness of the sincerity of their efforts we refer our readers to the “Notice to Hunters,” and advise them to govern themselves accordingly.
NOTICE TO HUNTERS. Notice is hereby given that all hunting and gunning is strictly prohibited on the farms owned or occupied by the under­signed. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the utmost extent of the law. R. L. MARSHALL, U. SPRAY, J. R. PERRY, GEORGE WHITNEY, C. C. HOLLISTER, CHES DOLSBERRY, D. BELL, E. S. BEAVER, T. C. BIRD, MRS. G. H. SHEARER, MRS. G. L. MONROE, N. DOLSBERRY, JAMES COFFEY, F. M. VAUGHN, N. KIMMEL, J. K. STEELE C. M. SCOTT.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
A meeting of Old Soldiers was called for July 18, 1882, at the office of I. H. Bonsall to talk up a Soldiers Re-union. J. B. Nipp was elected chairman and I. H. Bonsall, secre­tary, of said meeting. Motion made by J. C. Pickering, “that we have a re-union of all old soldiers if the late war, residing in Cowley County and vicinity. Motion received a second and was carried by the unanimous vote of all present. Motion made that the chair appoint a committee to raise funds to cover the expense of said re-union. Motion carried.
The following committee was appointed to collect provisions, fodder, and funds for said re-union: A. A. Newman, chairman, and James Ridenour of Arkansas City; F. M. Vaughan, N. W. Kimmel, and John A. Smalley, of Creswell; August Lorry, J. H. Penton, and M. J. Rice, of Bolton; with instructions to report progress to the executive committee or Secretary as soon as possible. The following executive committee was appointed by the committee: J. B. Nipp, chairman, M. N. Sinnott, J. W. Gamel, and O. S. Rarick.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.

Bennett Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., at its meeting last Tuesday evening, elected the following gentlemen as officers for the ensuing year. J. L. Huey, A. A. Newman, L. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, W. D. Mowry, Jas. Benedict, J. Ridenour, C. Hutchins, H. P. Farrar. W. M. Sleeth, J. T. Shepard, N. W. Kimmel.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1884.
Our old subscriber, N. W. Kimmel, made us his annual call one day last week for which he has our thanks.
Arkansas City Republican, February 23, 1884.
The many friends of Mrs. Noah Kimmel will be pleased to learn that this estimable lady is slowly recovering from her two weeks severe sickness.
Arkansas City Republican, March 29, 1884.
It is sometimes asked if tame grasses succeed here. In reply we would say that are extensive blue-grass and orchard grass pastures in Cowley County. East of the city three-and-one-half miles are twenty or thirty acres of as fine blue-grass pasture as can be found anywhere. Mr. Noah Kimmel, the owner of the farm, informs us that it was sowed several years ago, and becomes thicker each year.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
Mr. Richard Kimmel, of Mansfield, Ohio, brother of N. W. Kimmel, is in the city, visiting relatives.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1884.
Mr. Richard Kimmel, who has been in the city for the past three weeks visiting his brothers, Thos. and Noah Kimmel, and his sister, Mrs. O. Stevenson, left yesterday afternoon for his home in Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. Kimmel expresses himself as being very favorably impressed with this country, and perhaps some day may be one among the many that are taking up their residence among us.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
Richard Kimmel, of Mansfield, Ohio, who has been here visiting his brother, Thomas, left for Iowa last Tuesday. Mr. Kimmel will not return to Ohio until fall.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 14, 1885.
Several evenings since the alarm of mad dog was sounded near S. F. Endicott’s residence. Some five men gave chase to what they supposed to be a rabid canine. Some went on horseback. Mr. Endicott rode at breakneck speed to Mr. Tyner’s residence to give the alarm and to obtain Charley and his double-barrel shotgun’s assistance. Amid the cries of “Here he is,” “shoot him,” etc., the pursuers chased the dog over “hill and vale, through bramble and briar,” and finally shot him when they arrived at N. Kimmel’s residence. Now the trouble with the pursuers was to satisfy themselves that it was a mad dog. So Mr. Kimmel was made coroner and the pursuers the jury. A verdict was rendered that the dog was a dead one, and, perhaps, a mad one.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Yesterday in Arkansas City was an unusually quiet one for election day. Drunks were few and far between, although representatives of the rival candidates were out in full force. The vote in the city was hardly a half of a full vote. Scratching was the principal feature of the voting. Cal. Swarts received the largest number of votes in the city, and will likely do the same in the county. The principal fight was on representative, and Mr. Schiffbauer, the Democratic nominee, who usually has a walk-away in the city, had his majority cut down to 66 votes. This was due largely to the laboring men of the city voting against him. They worked faithfully for his defeat, and assisted very materially in accomplishing it in the district. F. M. Vaughn was re-elected trustee of Creswell Township by nine majority over N. W. Kimmel.


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