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KIMBEL, Adolph

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KIMBEL, Adolph. (Bellevue, IA, July 6, 1872--Clinton, IA, Nov. 16, 1952) A son of Richard KIMBEL and Katherine Bassel Kimbel, Adolph like other men in the family became a riverman at an early age. He became a pilot of a ferryboat operating from EAGLE POINT to Bellevue when he was eighteen. He received his marine engineer's license at the age of twenty-three. (1)

Kimbel served many years piloting boats on the MISSISSIPPI RIVER and then the Snake River in Idaho and Washington. (2) In 1915 he was elected second vice-president of the DUBUQUE TRADES AND LABOR CONGRESS. (2)



1. "Former Bellevuean Dies in Clinton," The Bellevue Leader, November 27, 1952

2. "New Officers Installed," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, July 27, 1915 p. 4