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KIMBEL, Richard

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KIMBEL, Richard. (Germany, May 20, 1840--Kimbel's Island, June 18,1910). Kimbel and his parents immigrated to America and settled in Galena. Skills learned about FERRYBOATS he used in Bellevue, Iowa, and later in Dubuque. He was remembered for his operation of the EAGLE POINT FERRY which was used for transporting goods, ferrying, and excursions along the MISSISSIPPI RIVER. Kimbel also operated two towboats until the time of his death and managed the popular KIMBALL'S PARK.

Kimbel, married four times, was the father of twenty-three children. The fact received national attention when President Theodore Roosevelt presented a medal to him. Roosevelt also sent a personal gift of $100 to the twenty-third child.

See: Albert L. KIMBEL



"Captain Kimbel Pioneer River Man," Telegraph Herald, June 19, 1910, p. 15