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William Wallace Kimball
Birth: Mar. 22, 1828
Rumford
Oxford County
Maine, USA
Death: 1904
Illinois, USA

Businessman. He was the founder of the W.W. Kimball and Company that manufactured pianos and organs from the late 19th century until February 1996. He moved from Maine to Decorah, Iowa while in his mid-20s and became a real estate broker. He liquidated his investments just before the Panic of 1857 and moved to Chicago, Illinois where he founded the Kimball Piano Company. He originally sold pianos that were manufactured in the east and shipped to his store. His business was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1877 and he regrouped afterwards and decided to build his own pianos and organs to make them more affordable. In 1881 he opened his own factory and began producing around 100 pianos and organs every week. His pianos were especially popular with the huge numbers of German and Scandinavian immigrants flooding into Chicago. He died at the age of 76. His mansion in Chicago was added to the National Register of Historic Places in December 1971 and now serves as the headquarters for the US Soccer Federation. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Parents:
  David Abbot Kimball (1790 - 1878)
  Lucy W Wheeler Kimball (1793 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Evaline M Kimball (1840 - 1921)
 
 Siblings:
  Amanda C Kimball (1820 - 1865)*
  Columbia A Kimball (1824 - 1915)*
  Juliette W Kimball (1826 - 1896)*
  William Wallace Kimball (1828 - 1904)
  David Williams Kimball (1830 - 1908)*
  Virgil D. Kimball (1831 - 1915)*
  Lucy Ann Kimball Lufkin (1834 - 1924)*
  Elizabeth Kimball Gleason (1836 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Graceland Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 19, 1999
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- elaine bailey
 Added: Mar. 22, 2015

- bob tarte
 Added: Oct. 22, 2014
Thank you for your fine endeavors in the piano and organ business. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Oct. 3, 2014
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