LEE KINCAID. Among the most progressive, capable and successful citizens of Menard county is Lee Kincaid, who is engaged in the banking business in Athens and also has other investments which he is controlling with an ability that is indicated in the prosperity that attends his efforts. He is also intimately associated with the social and political life of Menard county and the history of this portion of the state would be incomplete without the record of his career.
Mr. Kincaid was born near Athens on the 7th of February 1859, and is a son of Thomas Kincaid, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. In taking up the personal history of Lee Kincaid we present to our readers the life record of one whose place in Menard county is acknowledged to be among its foremost citizens. His early education was acquired in the public schools and at the age of fifteen years he entered the university at Champaign, where he remained a student for two years. He then returned to the home farm, where he continued until twenty-eight years of age, when he became the owner of a half interest in the banking business of Scott & Kincaid. Not long afterward he became sole proprietor of the Athens Bank, which he has since conducted, making his a most reliable institution in which he has a large and growing banking business.
Mr. Kincaid is a man of resourceful ability and has extended his efforts into many other lines of activity. He is now prominently identified with coal mining interests and is president of the Athens Mining Company. In 1892 he assumed charge of its business as general manager, secretary and treasurer and continued to serve in these capacities until 1900, when he was elected to the presidency. He is likewise interested in mining in Mexico, being the president of the Horseshoe Exploration & Mining Company, which is capitalized for one million dollars. He has extensive realty possessions and he manages his fine farm of several hundred acres lying about two miles north of Athens. He also owns the home farm on which his grandfather, Andrew Kincaid, settled in 18343, and he has four hundred acres of land in Menard county, one hundred and thirty acres in Richland county, Illinois, and six hundred and forty acres in Texas. He is the president of the Farmers Grain Dealers Association of Illinois, which is growing very rapidly, and from 1889 until 1894 he was a member of the firm of Kincaid & Scott, dealers in drugs and jewelry, while from 1889 until 1892 he was financially interested in a general mercantile enterprise under the firm name of T. B. turner & Company. Although controlling extensive and important business interests, Mr. Kincaid has yet found time to devote to the public welfare and is interested in everything pertaining to municipal progress and the substantial upbuilding of his county. Three times his fellow townsmen have chosen him to the office of mayor of Athens, which position he has capably filled with credit and honor to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He has also been elected president of the board of education for four terms and for three terms additional he served as one of its members. Aside form this he has been equally loyal to the welfare of his community, putting forth strong and effective effort in behalf of the general good.
On the 20th of February, 1883, Mr. Kincaid was united in marriage to Miss Sue B. Culver, and unto them were born five children, three sons and two daughters, namely: Elizabeth L., Arthur T., Alice, Home and Herbert, the last two being twins. In social circles the family occupy an enviable and prominent position and their own pleasant home is justly noted for its gracious hospitality and good cheer.
Mr. Kincaid is well known in fraternal circles, being a thirty-second degree Mason and a past eminent commander of St. Aldemar commandery, No. 47, K. T. He was chosen to the office when he had been identified with the commandery for less than two years. He is also a member of Mahommed Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Peoria and is an honored and valued representative of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and past chancellor of Social lodge, No. 424, K. P. Politically he is an enthusiastic Republican, being a firm believer in the principles of the party, for he thinks that its platform contains the best elements of good government. He is a student of the questions and issues of the day and is a conscientious worker in behalf of his party, while his attractive personality and power of argument have made him one of the most capable supporters of Republicanism in his county. His opinions carry weight in the councils of his party and in 1902 he was one of the leaders of the faction that successfully favored the selection of Hopkins for United States senator. Mr. Kincaid was by his many friends chosen chairman of that memorable Menard county convention. In 1899 he was appointed by Governor Yates a member of the state mining board, a position which he creditably fills. He is a man of firm integrity, just in his relations with his fellow men, honorable in all business transactions and commands the respect of even those who differ from him politically. So important a part has he taken in the work of public progress along many lines in Menard county that he may well be called without invidious distinction one of the foremost citizens of central Illinois.