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Family History: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=museum_quilts&id=I3313

KIMBEL, Roy (LeRoy). (Bellevue, IA, Nov. 3, 1890-- ). A son of Richard KIMBEL and his third wife, Francis Mayr, Kimbel was placed in charge of a crew of men and tugboats at the age of fifteen. He later became a licensed pilot on MISSISSIPPI RIVER riverboats become moving to Puget Sound in 1913. He worked for the Puget Sound Navigation Company on its Seattle-Tacoma and Seattle-Victoria runs and in the Seattle shipyards as a caulker of wooden ships during WORLD WAR I.

In 1918 after some experience in truck logging near Kirkland, Washington, Kimbel formed a partnership with other in logging activities. He then branched into heavy construction in which he manufactured pile drivers. He also operated the Kimbel Motor car agency and in partnership with another man operated a Richfield Oil distributorship. He served five terms as a city councilman and commissioner. He later served on the city planning commission.

The "Flamingo"
Yachting was one of his favorite pastimes. He regularly competed in the International Yacht Race to Vancouver, British Columbia and the Bremerton Yacht Club Foul Weather Race. He once won his division. His best-known yachts were the Gypsy and the Flamingo which doubled as pleasure craft and tows for his pile drivers. In 1953 piloting the "Flamingo" he won first first place in Class A of the International Trophy Race. In the same year, Kimbel used the same boat to take first place in the Commodore's Cup Race. His other hobbies included developing a Christmas tree plantation and raising registered horses.

In 1950 on his 60th birthday, Kimbel climbed a 100-foot Douglas fir tree and chopped off its top as part of the Loggers' Sports Show in Shelton, Washington.



Jungblut, Lyn Klavitter. "Captain Richard A. Kimbel," Unpublished family history.