Frank L. Kiplinger is president and manager of
the Knisely Dry Goods Company of Butler, one of
the oldest business establishments of DeKalb County.
The Knisely brothers were in business at Butler beginning nearly fifty years ago. The present firm is
an incorporation, with Mr. Kiplinger its executive
head and H. B. Miller, secretary and treasurer, and
the directors are Mr. Kiplinger, H. B. and E. C.
Miller and Mrs. Kiplinger.
Mr. Kiplinger was born in Ashland County, Ohio,
July 29, 1859. He has been a merchant nearly all
his life. His father was a country merchant in
Ohio, and the son when not in the village schools
was working in his father's store. At the age of
twenty-one he went out to Kansas and had a varied
mercantile experience in that state for several years.
On coming to Indiana he was a clerk in the employ
of Knisely Brothers at Butler for ten years. After
that he was a traveling dry goods salesman over
Indiana Territory, representing a Cleveland house
for ten years. He then returned to Butler and
bought an interest in and took the management of
the old business of Knisely Brothers.
Mr. Kiplinger married Delia Miller, of Waterloo,
Indiana, a graduate of the high school of that city.
Mrs. Kiplinger has been prominent in local affairs
at Butler and was one of those instrumental in
securing the public library, and for the past twelve
years has served as secretary of the Library Board.
Mr. and Mrs. Kiplinger are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and he is a trustee. He
is affiliated with Forest Lodge No. 259, Free and
Accepted Masons, with the Royal Arch Chapter and
Council, the Apollo Commandery of Knights Templar at Kendallville, was a Shriner and was a member of the Scottish Rite Class of 1919.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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