EDWARD P. KIMBALL. For over a quarter of a century Edward P. Kimball has been editor of the Virden Record and in period of service is the oldest editor in Macoupin county. He has spent the principal years of his life in the newspaper business and it is highly to his credit that his paper ranks as one of the most influential in this section of the state. He belongs to a well known and highly respected family and was born at Carlinville, January 20, 1861, a son of H. M. and Fannie (Palmer) Kimball. The mother is the second daughter of Rev. Elihu Palmer, a brother of the late Hon. John M. Palmer, who served as governor of the state of Illinois and also as member of the United States senate.
The father of our subject was a well known newspaper editor. He came to Carlinville about 1856 and took charge of the Carlinville Democrat when the paper was about six months old, developing it into one of the representative publications of the state. He died at Carlinville after arriving at the age of seventy-three years. His widow is still living and makes her home with her children. She has traveled extensively and has visited the principal points of Europe and the United States. There were seven children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kimball. Edward P., the eldest, is the subject of this review. Mabel is the wife of A. R. Urion, who is general attorney for Armour & Company, of Chicago, and served for several years as president of the school board of Chicago. Florence is the wife of William A. Boring, who was born in Carlinville in 1859 and for twenty years past has been located in New York city as an architect. He is a member of the firm of Boring & Tilton and drew the plans for the United States emigrant station on Ellis island, for the building of the University of Southern California, and for many other important structures in this country. His father, John M. Boring, erected the public-school building at Carlinville. Gordon, the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Kimball, died when about two years old. Ruth is the widow of Cornelius Gardiner, a well known Washington newspaper correspondent. She was the first woman ever admitted to the press gallery in the national house of representatives and is the author of books and short stories which have been extensively read. David H. is general claim agent of the Great Northern Railway with offices at St. Paul, Minnesota. Francis died in his youth.
Mr. Kimball of this sketch received his preliminary education in the public schools and later became a student of Blackburn University at Carlinville. At the age of twenty he took charge of the Reporter at Virden, which he conducted for one year for David & Company and then purchased the paper, operating it for a year on his own account. Having sold out, he went with his father to Rockford, Illinois, and was for several months identified with the Journal. He spent a summer in Dakota and one year in St. Louis, Missouri, returning in 1885 to Virden where he purchased a half-interest in the Record. Two years later he became sole proprietor of the paper and has since been its editor. Under his efficient management the circulation and influence of the paper have been largely extended, and he is now the owner of one of the valuable newspaper plants in the state. He is a clear and convincing writer and, by his advocacy of the advantages of this section, he has greatly promoted the welfare and permanent interests of Macoupin county.
On February 22, 1882, Mr. Kimball was married to Miss Lela Brittian, a daughter of Theodore H. and Elizabeth (Lumsden) Brittian, who were the parents of two children, her brother dying in infancy. The mother was a second time married, becoming the wife of W. A. Jackson; she died in March, 1900. One child, Edna Elizabeth, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Kimball. She is now the wife of James J. Woodman, of Virden.
Politically Mr. Kimball has from the time of reaching manhood voted and persistently labored in behalf of the democratic party. He served as third assistant clerk in the lower house of the Illinois legislature in 1891, and in 1893 was first assistant secretary of the state senate. He filled the office of postmaster of Virden under President Cleveland's second administration, 1896-1900. Fraternally he is well known, being a valued member of the Masonic order, and also of the Knights of Pythias and Woodmen. His religious belief is indicated by membership in the Presbyterian church. Ever true to his convictions of justice and honor, he has contributed his share toward the upbuilding of Macoupin county and is recognized today as one of its most respected citizens.