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 George Fenner Kimball

George Fenner Kimball

Birth
Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Nov 1938 (aged 70)
Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot block 244-13-4
Memorial ID 126621241 · View Source
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George F Kimball, 70, former postmaster of Janesville and for many years head of the old Thoroughgood box factory, died at 7:30am, Saturday in his home, 420 South Third Street, after an illness of several months.

Of the third generation of a pioneer Rock county family, Mr. Kimball had lived in Janesville all his life and was one of the city’s most illustrious citizens. For many years he was active in affairs of the Republican Party and for a period of about 12 years, beginning in 1922, served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Rock County Republican Club. He was a candidate for the state Senate in 1934 and several times was a delegate to State Republican Conventions.

His service as Postmaster began November 12, 1928 when he was appointed by President Calvin Coolidge as the successor to A. E. Matheson after the latter had become county judge. Mr. Kimball continued as Postmaster for five years, his resignation taking effect in October, 1933.

Mr. Kimball’s grandfather, Fenner Kimball, who came to Rock County in 1855 and was first a farmer and then a Janesville merchant, was a member of the Wisconsin legislature from Rock County in 1877-78 and again in 1892-93.

Mr. Kimball was born in Janesville April 15, 1868 and was educated in the Janesville public schools and attended Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas.
He was an active member in Masonic Orders, belonging to Blue Lodge #55, the Madison Consistory, the Eastern Star and other groups. He was a charter member of the Janesville Rotary Club and for a time was Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Cigar Box Manufacturer’s Association.

He was married on June 17, 1896 to Miss Abby Elizabeth Prichard and to them four children were born.

Several years after the death (1915) of his first wife, Mr. Kimball married Helen R. Lutz of Janesville in 1925.

Mr. Kimball was an extremely friendly man and was held in high esteem by his friends and associates. He was a conscientious worker, especially in the many civic activities in which he was engaged.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Dean P., Washington D.C., Lyman G., Milwaukee, and Robert G,. Janesville; one daughter, Mrs. S. A. Freitag, Janesville; his mother, Mrs. Sarah Kimball, Janesville; a sister, Mrs. Ralph Davis, Pittsburg, Pa., a brother, Frank Kimball, Milwaukee; and two grandchildren Robert Dean and Elizabeth Madeline Kimball, Washington, D.C.

The funeral will be held at 7:30pm Monday in Kimball-Nelson funeral home. Christian Science and Masonic services will be conducted. The body will be cremated.

Janesville Daily Gazette
November 12, 1938


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  • Created by: sthurner
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 126621241
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Fenner Kimball (15 Apr 1868–12 Nov 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126621241, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by sthurner (contributor 47105785) .