Samuel Kimberly

 

   

 

Samuel Kimberly

 


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SAMUEL KIMBERLY, deceased manufacturer, was born near Salem. Ohio, November 25. 1817, and was a son of Amos E. Kimberly also a native of the Western Reserve. Samuel was reared in Columbiana County. and spent his early manhood near Austintown, Ohio. About 1861-62 he became interested in the development of the coal fields near Sharon, removing to that town in 1862, and at once becoming one of its most prominent business men. With the late Henry Forker, of Sharon, and Myron Arms, of Youngstown. Ohio, he opened the Keel Ridge Bank in 1863, one of the most successful mines ever operated in Hickory Township. He was afterward interested with Enoch Filer and others in the Mount Pleasant, Hickory, Lackawannock and other mines. About 1865 he bought an interest in the Westerman Iron Company, which he retained several years. In 1860 he built the Keel Ridge Furnace, now owned by his son, P. L. Kimberly. He also, had large interests at New Castle, where, in 1872, he purchased the Etna Furnace, which he operated successfully for several years. At different times he was interested in the Wampum Furnace, the Eagle Furnace, at Youngstown, Ohio, and other enterprises. The great depreciation of property and securities following, the panic of 1873 compelled him to close out his interests here in 1878 and a year later he removed to the West, finally locating at Geneva, Ill. After leaving Sharon he gave his attention mostly to iron ore mining, and at the time of his death was president of the Emmett Mining Company, whose offices are in Sharon. Mr. Kimberly was twice married, first to Miss Minerva Lanterman, of Austintown, Ohio, who left at her death a family of three sons and one daughter: Amos E., German A., Peter L. and Mrs. Kate E. Murdock. He died February 25, 1885, at his home in Geneva, Ill., in his sixty-eighth year, where his widow still resides. Mr. Kimberly was a man of most active business habits, readily grasping at once the scope and details of large transactions, often involving many thousands of dollars. In politics he was an ardent Republican, and took a deep interest in the success of that party.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 733
 

                                                         

                      

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